Wilma Holsten passed away peacefully at 1:45 p.m. on April 14, 2009 in the Fraser Canyon Hospital Hospice in Hope, B.C. from lung cancer. Wilma was born on October 30, 1925 in Allen, Saskatchewan.
She is survived by her four daughters; Lois Westlake (Ray), Louise Friesen (Henry), Linda Greene/Harrison (Darwin), Jerri-Lynn Wilson, and her son, Murray McNeil (Joy). Also, survived by her two brothers; George Cossette (Louise) and Leslie Cossette (Doreen), both of Saskatchewan. In addition, Wilma is survived by 20 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great, Great Grandchild.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Henry (Bud) McNeil, her second husband, Elmer Theodore Holsten, and her son, Gerald Allen McNeil.
Wilma possessed great strength of will and determination and spent her life supporting those she loved in one way or another. Her strength of will helped her survive, for all of us, as long as she did before she returned home to God with courage and dignity. All of us who loved her will remember her sense of humour, her constant interest and support of our endeavours and most of all, for the legacy of love and strength she has given us. We will miss her so, but she will remain in our hearts forever!
The family would like to thank the staff of the Fraser Canyon Hospital and Hospice and extend a very special thank you to Dr. Suzanne Christie of Hope for her exceptional care and friendship to Wilma and our family. If anyone wishes to, donations can be made in Wilma’s memory to the Hope Hospice Society, c/o Fraser Canyon Hospital, 1275 – 7th Avenue, Hope, B.C., V0X 1L4.
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