March 12, 1925 – November 20, 2018
at the age of 93 years
Wilma Lord, affectionately known as “Woodies” age 93 years passed away peacefully on November 20, 2018 in the loving care of Piccadilly Care Centre, Salmon Arm B.C.
She was born in Stratford, County of West Ham, England in 1925 to William Watson and Janet (Murdoch) Watson and was the youngest of 5 children.
Wilma met a young Canadian Flt. Lieutenant F/O with the RCAF during WWII, Bruce Sheridan Lord, stationed near her home in Sandbanks England. They became engaged soon after they met and were married in St. David’s Cathedral, Wales in 1944. Bruce and Wilma honeymooned in London during The Blitz and bombing raids and were then stationed as far away as the Outer Hebrides while Bruce carried out flight missions in a Halifax bomber over France.
Bruce predeceased Wilma in Salmon Arm in 2013.
As the war drew to a close and Bruce returned to Canada, Wilma joined thousands of “war brides” on the long rough Transatlantic journey aboard the Aquitania to Halifax, N.S., where they boarded trains for the cross country trip to her new home in, at that time, the “provincial” town of Vancouver, British Columbia. She and Bruce lived in Vancouver for most of her adult life then moved to Salmon Arm in 2012 to be closer to her son and daughter in law.
Wilma is survived by her children Janet and Garth Lord and their spouses John Calver and Debbie Lord,
Grandchildren Ian, Blake and Brett Lord and spouses Valerie, Stephanie and Jenna, great grandchildren Mila and William Asselstine, Harper and Casper Asselstine and Jax and Dekker Lord.
We wish to acknowledge and truly thank all the staff at Piccadilly Care Centre in Salmon Arm for their dedication and loving care of our Mum over these past few years and Fischer’s Funeral Services of Salmon Arm for their compassion and care.
“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life-to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” George Eliot