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5201 Lakeshore Drive
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Wilma Wall

Wilma Rosetta Wall

Sunday, November 29th, 1942 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Obituary

On Monday, September 21, 2020 Wilma Wall of Cold Lake, Alberta passed away in Cold Lake, at the age of 77 years.
Wilma is lovingly survived by her two children: Jeff (Ellen) Wall of Cold Lake, AB, Shawna (Paul) Toth of Calgary, AB; five grandchildren: Laura & Sonya Wall, Jeremy, Christopher & Aidan Toth; two brothers: Glen (Shiela) Bachelder of Spiritwood, SK, Bud (Dorothy) Bachelder of Prince Albert, SK; fur companions; KC, the dog & Yuki, the cat; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives & friends.
Wilma was predeceased by her parents: Russell & Addie Bachelder; fur companion: Buddy, the dog.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions a private service will take place in Cold Lake, Alberta.
Memorial tributes in memory of Wilma may be sent to Cold Lake Humane Society, 6220-50th Ave, Cold Lake, AB T9M 1P1.
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Shawna Toth

Posted at 12:53pm
Here is the youtube link to the memorial video. https://youtu.be/ZRZ76IrGmJk
 
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Shawna Toth Posted at 10:30pm

Try this link instead. https://www.dropbox.com/s/mmmah026ep52ezx/Wilma%20Wall%202020.mp4?dl=0
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Shawna Toth

Posted at 12:31pm
Many people have been sharing their memories of our mom with us over the last two weeks. It warms our hearts to know that she meant so much to so many family and friends. She touched people’s lives. That, along with our memories, will bring us comfort going forward without her here.

Except we are not really going on without her. She is still here, with us every day.

She is with us when we give someone a hug, just because we can tell they need one.

She is with us when we are cooking or baking something, and we ask ourselves “How would mom do this?”

She is with us when we are feeling overwhelmed and run down, and we hear her voice saying “Take care of yourself first.”

She is even with me when I sing out loud in the car, while my kids are cringing.

When I was a teenager, I didn't enjoy it when my mom sang in the car. She was off key, and didn’t always remember all the words, and it ruined the song for me. I know, I was a delight. Now, I am a mother, with three boys who probably are not super thrilled when I sing out loud in the car, off key and all. But I sing anyway, because I love it, and I now know that life is not just about making your kids comfortable. It's also about showing your kids, by example, how to be themselves and not worry about what others think. It took me many years to understand why she sang. Every single time I sing in the car, Mom is with me, singing along, and it makes us feel good inside.

This is how she stays with us. This is how we go on without her.

In the words of poet Percy Shelley

“Sing again, with your dear voice revealing a tone of some world far from ours, where music and moonlight and feeling are one.”



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Shawna Toth

Posted at 12:30pm
Wilma Rosetta Bachelder was born November 29th, 1942 in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. She was a welcome addition to the family of Russell and Addie, and their two sons, Glen and Bud. She grew up as many rural and small town Saskatchewan kids did, helping out on the farm, going to a small town school, and doing whatever her brothers did, even when it wasn’t a good idea. She always talked about her memories of growing up with Glen and Bud, how they did everything together, they all got into trouble with their mom, and how her older brothers watched over and protected her as she was growing up.

Although Wilma found school challenging, she always loved learning, which served her well throughout her life. Growing up, she always loved family Christmases, town dances, and the freedom to explore that farm life allowed.

Losing her dad at a young age had a profound impact on Wilma. She held onto her fond memories of her childhood with her father, while quickly maturing and becoming a support for her mother.

A few years later, it was time for Wilma to start a life of her own. She married Gordon Gigun in 1962, and had her first child, bouncing baby boy Jefferey Clayton. She tackled life as a young mother with her trademark determination. Through sleepless nights, tough decisions and discipline hurdles, unconditional love was at the core of her parenting, and her children always felt it.

Ultimately, Wilma and Gordon parted ways and Wilma married Elmer Wall in 1967, and then she became a part of the great big Wall family, and she was connected to them for the rest of her life. In 1970, Wilma and Elmer had a baby girl, Shawna Kay. They raised their family in Saskatoon, Calgary and then Vernon BC.

Throughout her life, Wilma worked in a variety of professions. She was never afraid to take a new path. She worked in a diner, sold Avon, and worked in the printing department at the local newspaper. She always enjoyed styling hair, her daughter’s, her nieces’, her sister-in-laws, so it is not surprising that in the 80s she decided to make a change, and she went to school to train, and became a hairdresser, which she enjoyed. She became a manager in a hairdressing shop in Armstrong and Vernon for a few years. Then she worked with Elmer in their janitorial business. But another big change was on the horizon. Her life’s path took her in a new direction, on her own. It started with a job working in the Northwest Territories as a salad person in a camp. She progressed to baker, and head cook in a variety of camp locations all over Northern Canada. This was one of her favourite times, getting to have unique experiences in Norman Wells, Tuktoyaktuk, Cambridge Bay, Yellowknife, and Lac la Biche. She made friends and connected with people everywhere she went.

Wilma had a lot of talents. Her ability to listen to people and provide unconditional support was among the most important. Many a night was spent listening to the troubles of nieces, nephews, friends and family, the friends of her children, many times into the wee hours. She provided a safe space, and it was easy to talk to her. And if she couldn’t help with your problems, then it would be time to sing! There was nothing that could not be made better by singing a few great country and rock songs at the top of your lungs with Wilma.

Another of her best qualities was her resilience. Through all of the changes and challenges life served up, including health issues, relationships, relocations, new jobs and homes, she persevered. She pushed forward with determination and optimism, never getting stuck in the mistakes of the past. Seemingly never questioning her ability to overcome and prevail. This was, ultimately, the most important lesson she gave her children, and likely many others who knew her.

It was important to Wilma to see her grandchildren grow up, which was made challenging by the fact that her children lived thousands of miles apart. Many road trips, bus travels and flights back and forth ensured that Laura, Sonya, Jeremy, Christopher and Aidan knew her, and have lasting memories of their time with her. She spent a lot of time with Shawna and her husband Paul when they had newborn twin boys, providing support and love when it was needed most. She spent the last years of her life living close to Jeff and his wife Ellen, allowing them to provide support and love when she needed it most.

Wilma lived a life full of all the things she held most dear; new experiences, real connections with family and friends, and most importantly, unconditional love.

I will close with a poem by Christina Rossetti that captures how she would want us to say goodbye.

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the master plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do
Miss me, but let me go

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Valerie Wall

Posted at 01:47pm
I remember the first time I met Aunt Wilma...she was so kind, warm, loving, accepting...and she gave me lots of tips and advice on how to handle the rest of the clowns (her words!) in this big wonderful family! We didn’t see each other often, but when we did it was a big hug first, lots of chat later. I loved to just sit and watch her watch everything happening around her...you could see the love on her face and in her eyes for her family and friends. You will be missed Auntie...till we meet again. 💕
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Janine Udey

Posted at 10:52am
Aunt Wilma,
Your love and support were unwavering in different parts of my life, which i will never forget.
Your smile and laughter I will remember, at family gatherings, and our summer time visits.
Love Janine
 
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runawayreni@hormail.com Posted at 01:57am

Always a Good Laugh with Wilma❤️ A Heart of Gold and a Gentle Soul. We Will miss Her dearly. Reni , Liam & Matt
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