JESSIE WALKER (nee Wells)

JESSIE WALKER (nee Wells) passed away at home on February 1st, 2011 in her 94th year. Born in Liverpool, England in 1917, Jessie’s family immigrated to Canada in 1926 and settled in Prince, Saskatchewan. Soon after, her father died, leaving her mother to raise the five children. While growing up she loved sports, and participated in track and field, hockey, and softball (pitcher). Graduating from a three-room country school, she moved to Toronto where she studied nursing before marrying Lloyd Walker in 1940. After raising their two daughters, she continued her education, graduating from Toronto Teacher’s College and teaching for many years with the Toronto Board of Education in the classroom, and later in the Toronto Reading Clinic. She loved children and learning above all else, and took many courses at the University of Toronto. During these years she also taught Sunday school, did volunteer work for the Anglican Church and enjoyed lawn bowling. A widow since 1975, Jessie moved to Kelowna BC in 1988 and fell in love with the beauty of the Okanagan. There she took many courses with retired seniors right up until Dec. 2010, in lively sessions of literature, music and politics. An avid bridge player, Jessie loved to bake for her many social events. Always helpful to others, she volunteered her service to the Kelowna General Hospital and supported several local charities. She toured most of the world with Wells Gray Tours and Holland American Cruises, from China to the Black Sea, Greece to Alaska. Fiercely independent to the very end, her dauntless spirit will long remain in the memory of her family and her many friends. Jessie is survived by her daughters Lois and Joey; her grandchildren Kate and John; and her great grandchildren Aimee and Lauren. She was predeceased by her father (1929); her brother George, her husband and her mother (1986); brothers Harry and Jack, and recently her sister Lillian. Thank you to all who supported her last days with such kindness, including the nurses and home care assistants of BC Interior Health, her doctor Thomas Taylor, her granddaughter Kate and daughter Joey, as well as her many loving friends and neighbors. Special thanks to Ruth Nesbitt and Robert Brown. Jessie requested that she be cremated and that no funeral service be held. A celebration of life will be announced in the weeks to come, both in Kelowna and Ontario. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com. Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.