Wilma Edith (Willie) MacPherson (nee Cairns), born July 14, 1933, died April 6, 2019, peacefully with family.
Gramma Willie (a name she cherished) grew up on the farm at Richmond, then raised her kids in Kamloops. She nursed at Royal Inland for years and later worked for the City. She learned from what came through the doors in the hospital and tried to make some things better, both for her patients and the community at large. Too much drunken carnage led to her involvement with the Counter Attack program. She witnessed recovery as a nurse, but also carried the burden of young lives suffered and lost. In her memory, please don’t drive while distracted or impaired.
She loved her time at the Shuswap, floating in the soothing waters as well, listening to Neil Diamond. Family and friends were kept close. She also spent several summers during her kid’s youth volunteering as camp nurse at Camp Grafton. She liked to cook, entertain and travel. Numerous photo albums prove she’s been there and seen a large part of the world. In later years, she was well cared for at Kamloops Seniors Village.
Predeceased by her parents, brother Bob, sister-in-law Kay and brother-in-law John. Survived by her loving sisters Betty (Bob) and Marg; and children David (Cathy), Bill (Bev), Rob (Larissa), Leslie (Peter) and Glen (Judy). In addition, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a gift to Canadian Red Cross or Kamloops United Church – Camp Grafton would be appreciated.