Peacefully, with family by her side at Kingsway Lodge, St. Marys on Saturday, April 28, 2018 of St. Marys and formerly of Kirkton and Exeter at the age of 97. Wilma was born on the home farm in Kirkton, Ontario on January 9, 1921. After completing elementary school in Kirkton, Wilma worked for Blanshard Municipal as a telephone operator until 1964 when the system switched to dial phones. She then worked at the Kirkton Market and Post Office. Wilma was also organist at her beloved church, St. Paul’s Anglican, Kirkton. Although she often shared or alternated the role with other organists over the course of seventy-seven years, she was honoured to play at the church’s 150th anniversary in June, 2012, and the official closing in September of that same year. Wilma and her husband, Harold, were married in 1944, and lived on the home farm. In 1986, Wilma and Harold moved to Exeter, where they enjoyed many events in their new community, including the Seniors’ Games. They continued to have a close connection to Kirkton, returning every Sunday for church. Following Harold’s passing in 1991, Wilma remained in Exeter until 2003. She then moved to Fairhill apartments at Kingsway Lodge, St. Marys, where she made many new friends. Always an avid card player, Wilma quickly learned bridge, and for some years participated in the seniors’ games representing St. Marys. Wilma was predeceased by her devoted husband Harold, parents Miller and Mary Elizabeth “Mayme” (Blackler) McCurdy, sister-in-law Jean Hern, niece Helen Looby, Godchild and cousin Steven Blackler and dear friends, Jack and Elaine Switzer. Wilma is survived by her Godchild and cousin Wendy Aitken and husband, Ron, nieces Anna Hern-Mollard and Marion Weiberg, the McCurdy and Blackler cousins and the Switzer children: Ray Switzer (Rosilyn), Barbara Wallis (Gerald), Norma Payton (Jamie), Shirley Clemente (John), Donna Kuhun (Jeff), and Murray Switzer (Leslie).
Friends may call at the St. James Anglican Church, 65 Church St. S, St. Marys on Wednesday, May 2 from 9:30- 10:30, where the funeral service will be held at 11 AM with the Reverend Jenny Sharp officiating. Interment Kirkton Union Cemetery. Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220) entrusted with arrangements.
Donations to the St. James Anglican Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.