With great sadness, the Wilson family announces the passing of their loving mother Claire on August 21st at the Rocky Mountain Village at the age of 91 years. Claire was born in Cranbrook on August 6, 1924 to parents Ora and Bertha Taplin.
Bill and Claire were married June 30, 1945 and resided in Sparwood where Bill was employed by the Crowsnest Pass Coal Company. They began their large family in 1948 with their firstborn, and within 15 years they had 9 children! In 1967 they moved to Fernie, and after a short while, everyone knew “the WILSONS”!
Claire was adored and admired immensely by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered for her selfless volunteerism within her community and her church. A graceful, elegant woman who always had a smile and a kind word, Claire touched the lives of many. Her legacy will live on forever within the hearts of all who loved her.
Claire will be dearly missed by her children: Stafford (Anne) of North Burmis, Mary (Bill) Gillespie of Christina Lake, George (Marilyn) Wilson of Fernie, Robert (Sue) Wilson of Calgary, Annabelle Wilson of Fernie, Susan (Dave) McLeay of Grasmere, and Bill Jr (Cara) Wilson of Fernie, 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and her brother Jack Taplin as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sons Patrick (1988) and Michael (2008), and her husband Bill (2002).
The Wilson family would like to thank Mom’s friends and caregivers at Rocky Mountain Village for their kindness and loving support during these last few months.
Donations may be made in Claire’s name to the Ladies Auxiliary, c/o Rocky Mountain Village, or to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.