Wilma Theresa Grant (née Bednaz) – Campbell River Mirror
April 7, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wilma Theresa Grant (née Bednaz) on April 7, 2022 at Campbell River General Hospital. Born in the small community of Brooksby, Saskatchewan in 1930, Wilma never forgot her prairie roots or the suffering she witnessed for those affected by the Great Depression.
Indeed, she carried this sense of compassion into her nursing career, with her early years spent flying to many remote First Nations communities to provide essential medical care.
By the time she finally settled in Campbell River (after stops in Alert Bay and Prince Rupert, and with an RCMP husband and three children now in tow), she had shifted her career focus to home nursing. , at the service of people with prolonged or terminal illnesses. Through it all, Wilma never lost her sense of kindness and empathy, and was an enduring source of comfort and friendship for those at a time when they were most vulnerable.
An avid traveler who never lost her thirst for adventure, Wilma made some remarkable solo trips in the 1950s, not only sunning herself on little-known beaches in Antigua, but pulling pints out of old English country pubs and visiting the ruins and fountains of ancient Rome.
After her retirement, more than 20 winters were spent exploring Mexico, Belize and Guatemala with her husband and their beloved Shih-Tzu, Lucky. One of Wilma’s last travel experiences was at the age of 85, when she toured Japan and was very moved by a visit to Nagasaki, a place she remembers hearing about. for the first time on the radio exactly 70 years earlier.
Wilma’s other great passions were painting (especially watercolors), gardening and landscaping at home and with friends at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, cooking and baking, and watching all kinds of sports. , curling to his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders.
But it was as a mother and wife that Wilma excelled the most, dedicating herself equally to raising three children who would go on to graduate college, and nurturing a marriage that would last over 50 years.
Wilma was predeceased by husband Barrie in 2013 and is survived by daughter Cathy, sons Murray and Glen, daughter-in-law Vaida Kiaulakyte with grandson Patrick, son-in-law Damon Vignale, sisters Emily Lett and Rochelle Kramer of Regina, her brother-in-law Duncan Grant of Ontario, as well as many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
With her warmth and kindness, she touched so many people.
A prayer service will be held Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at Elk Falls Crematorium, 6400 Gold River Highway, with a service to follow Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m., to be held at St. Patrick’s Parish, 34 South Alder Street .
In lieu of flowers, any donations to those fleeing the tragic developments unfolding in Ukraine would be greatly appreciated, and more in keeping with Wilma’s generous and magnificent spirit.