GUMMOW, Wilma - After a long and happy life, Wilma Gummow (nee Watson) died peacefully at home with family by her side at Oneida Long Term Care on June 10, 2020.
Beloved wife of the late John Gummow (1987). Loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother of Katharine (Rick) Barnes, Matthew (Taryn) Barnes, Ellie and Liam Barnes, Danielle (Sean) Kennelly, Abraham, Joseff and Micah Kennelly, Elizabeth (Hans) van Zandvoort, Melissa Facey-Crowther, Zachary and Jacob Facey-Crowther and Mark (Sarah Subhan) van Zandvoort, Victoria and Joshua van Zandvoort. Predeceased by great granddaughter Sabrina van Zandvoort (2017). Loving sister of Jack (Jean) Watson. Predeceased by brother Edward (the late Joan Watson). Sister-in-law of Joseph Gummow (the late Betty), the late Wilma and George Maddess, and the late Wilda and Lorne Rennick. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.
Her keen intellect, sharp wit, and boundless energy will be greatly missed not only by her family but by her many friends. Born on April 26, 1922 in Blyth, Ontario she went to Normal School in Stratford. She taught in one room schools and eventually became Principal of Kensal Park Public School in London. She gladly gave up her career to have a family and move throughout south western Ontario with soulmate, John (Jack) as he furthered his career in education. Wilma was a lifelong Anglican. She was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for over fifty years.
Private visitation at Harris Funeral Home. Graveside service at Blyth Union Cemetery, Rev. Michael DeKay, officiant. In lieu of flowers, donations to the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter M for the P.E.O. Sisterhood Educational Loan Fund or Program for Continuing Education (care of P.E.O. Chapter M, C/O Ann Chambers, Treasurer, 25 Parkland Place, Komoka, Ontario N0L 1R0) would be appreciated.
June 11, 2020, 8:30 pm
Wilma was such a lovely lady, warm and kind. My parents loved spending time with her in past, as did I in later years. She always had a cheerful smile and wonderful laugh.
the Singeris family
June 12, 2020, 11:48 am
Dear Katherine and Elizabeth,
Our condolences to you on the passing of your beloved mother. As neighbours on Shavian for many years, she always greeted us with a smile and kind, cheerful words. Remembering those years with both of you growing up there with Ted and Phil will be treasured.I worked with her on a few committees and whatever she organized was detailed and concise with the best results. May she rest in peace. Mary, Tony, Ted and phil
Bob and Kathie Leigh
June 12, 2020, 6:23 pm
Kathy and Elizabeth - very sorry to hear about your mom. I know it has been awhile since we last saw Barb(Wilma). Lot of good memories of her and your dad, through the many long years that I have known your family. Probably about 70 years.
Just wanted to let you know we were thinking of you and your family.
Look after yourselves.
Bob and Kathie
June 12, 2020, 9:04 pm
Wilma was a wonderful person with a genuine smile. I had the pleasure many years ago of seeing her when PEO meetings were held at our home. My mom, Lily, always enjoyed Wilma’s company and her gracious nature. She exemplified a life well lived. My sincere condolences to her family and may your cherished memories of her and John be a source of comfort and pride.
Nick & Colleen Wiendels & Family
June 16, 2020, 8:51 am
Matt always talked so highly of his grandma and their apple pie making.Thinking of you all at this time.
Nick, Colleen, Julia, Laura & Lisa Wiendels
June 19, 2020, 4:18 pm
Dear Kathryne, Rick, and family. What a wonderful lady. So many wonderful memories of a great lady......a lady with class and full of life. I send my heartfelt condolences. You will miss Wilma.
I live at Windermere on the Mount. However, presently at our cottage on lake Huron. I keep the rules of common sense, not their rules.
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