WATKINSON, Verna (Howell)

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∼ 1914 – 2016 ∼ Passed away peacefully at the F. J. Davey Home at the age of 101 on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Beloved wife of the late Percy Watkinson (1993). Precious mother of Neil (Sandra) of Mississauga and Jane Forth (Susan Chow) of Sault Ste. Marie. Loving grandmother of Chevis Watkinson (Christi) of Wisconsin and Sherry Watkinson of B.C. Great grandmother of Milo and Phinn Watkinson and Matthew Reding. Sister of the late Helen Woods. Cherished Aunt of Lance Woods (Alison) and Glenn Woods (Rose) of B.C.

Verna was born and raised in Parry Sound and moved to the Toronto area in 1985 after she and Percy retired. Verna was an orphan of The Great War at the age of two after her mother died of typhoid fever and her father was killed in action. Despite this, she always reminisced about a very happy childhood being raised by her grandparents in Parry Sound. At the age of 16 she entered nursing and took pride in her work for many years.

She was a remarkable woman who had great determination to make a good life for herself and her family. Her compassion for others showed in everything that she did. Verna made friends easily and enjoyed golf, curling, bridge and travel. She was a loyal fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Cremation has taken place and private family arrangements made.

Memorial contributions in Verna’s memory may be made to the Activities Department of the F. J. Davey Home. (Arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 705-759-2522).

Thank you to the staff of Apple 2 at the F J Davey Home for the care extended to Verna.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.arthurfuneralhome.com