Mary Wilson

Mary Ann Wilson (Stopa)

Friday, February 4th, 1921 - Saturday, November 30th, 2019
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Mary Ann Wilson aged 98 years of Fort Qu'Appelle, widow of George Wilson passed away on Saturday November 30th. A private family service will be held at a later date.

WILSON - Mary Wilson (nee Stopa) was born in Fenwood, SK on February 4, 1921, into the large, loving family, of Joseph and Pauline (Sass) Stopa. When it came time to venture out on her own, she settled in Regina, SK. She established a career with Sears Mail Order and met her life long love, George Wilson. Following their wedding, they continued to live and work in Regina. Loving people and choosing to share with others, invites to a “Wilson Party” were happily accepted.
Mary & George enjoyed travelling when they could, touring the USA and Canada with family or friends. Trips to Europe, England and Ireland certainly were enjoyed and she loved to share stories of their adventures. She had a very entertaining way about her. Later on, she would grab a visitor’s arm and shout “Let’s Live It Up” and suggest a trip somewhere, often just around the lake. Always generous, a meal out would usually follow. The visit would often wrap up with Mary sharing her favourite treat, “Turtles” and a political opinion or two!
Somewhere in her busy life, Mary found time to author a couple of books. The first a cute “Mini Cook Book” for presentation to brides-to-be and then her pride and joy, “To Boots”, a collection of family memories from the 1930's. Many sold, while others were lovingly given as gifts. Mary later began to write, what remains, her unfinished novel, “The Landlady of Apartment X”.
Following a long and fulfilling career, Mary retired and together, she and George moved to Fort Qu’Appelle, where they had acquired the Wigwam I, later renamed, Wilson Apartments. Following George’s passing, Mary chose to be an onsite landlady. (Possibly the main character in that last book?) She made many new friends this way, but her favourite tenant had to have been her brother, Stan. Together, with Stan as her chauffeur, they travelled many miles about the Saskatchewan countryside and enjoyed a special sibling comradery.
Mary enjoyed walking to her favourite spots around town, having made the decision years before, to leave the driving to others. This, along with her ready wit and beautiful smile, made her recognized by many people around Fort Qu’Appelle. These living arrangement and activities, kept her fit, but eventually, as with age and time, a move into Echo Lodge became necessary.
She had often said that’s where she wanted to be, if ever the time came. Mary quickly came to be loved and loved in return. Staff became her second family. “You’re so pretty” were words they’d often hear, lovely phrase, to brighten anyone’s day. She joined in the many activities, and of course, drives around the lake, followed by ice cream, would make any summer day, a grand event!
It was there, at Echo Lodge, Fort Qu’Appelle, SK, Mary peacefully passed, to her well earned, eternal rest, on November 30, 2019. She was 98 years young! Mary, the last sibling of her generation, is survived and lovingly remembers by, the next generations of many nieces and nephews.
Aunt Mary Wilson’s interment service will take place at Regina’s Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, at a later date. A fellowship, commemorating a life well loved, will follow.
In memory of Mary Wilson, her family appreciates that donations be made to Echo Lodge Special Care Home, Box 1790 Fort Qu’Appelle, SK S0G 1S0, or a charity of one’s
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Donna Toews

Posted at 09:09pm

It was an honor to be asked by Aunt Mary to take her notebook of Handwritten memories and put them together into a book called “Memories of “To Boots”! She loved to write about her family and obviously had a great respect for the hardships and good times they experienced during the Great Depression! She vividly imagined every scene which took place in her childhood and wrote with a unique flare! Sometimes I had to 'edit' some descriptions because of her colorful language! *smiles*

Last time my husband John and I visited with her (and met my Dad’s brother Stan for the very first time), Uncle Stan and her gave us an extensive history tour of my Father’s (Andy Stoppa) birthplace! The words and memories in her book came to life for me visually as she re-told stories of her childhood while we waked around the house where my Dad was born!

Aunt Mary was definitely ’one of a kind’ and had a vibrant personality! You couldn’t help but love her! She had a infectious smile and treated all family with respect! I have only ‘good’ memories of her! I look forward to “living it up” with her eventually in Heaven!

My condolences to ALL family!

Love Donna (and John) Toews


Shirley Stoppa

Posted at 01:22pm
I didn’t know our Aunt Mary all that well but the times that I was with her I remember her as a smart, very funny, loving person. When we came to visit a few years ago we had a great time with her. she showed us the sights in Fort Qu’Appelle and wanted to “live it up” I wish I had gotten to know my uncles and her better. Thank you Laurie and Nora for looking after her all those years. God bless you. I am sure Aunt Mary is now having a great time with Uncle George and her siblings. Her smile and laugh will be missed, Rest In Peace . Alan & Shirley Stoppa


Posted at 04:48pm
Aunt Mary was a forever joyous and loving soul.She loved her brothers and sister to bits and awarded the same fierce love to her nieces and nephews .Also to spouses and great nieces and nephews. Uncle George was her partner in love and I am grateful that all are reunited.
Noted for the twinkle in her eye that indicated fun or a secret, she will be missed for all of the warm love that she gave to us .
I am so thankful that my cousin Laurie and his amazing wife Norah were her champions in later years.My cousin Sharon added joy to the Stopa effect.
Thank you,God, for receiving our much adored matriarch.Aunt Mary, know PEACE.
Elisabeth Stoppa Ebbels

Laurie & Norah Stopa

Posted at 01:27am
Aunt Mary lent her smile to brighten anyone's day. She possessed a way with wit that generated spontaneous laughter and a lovely compliment at the ready, that brightened and lightened many hearts. Those attributes will help her be remembered with fondness, love and a touch of laughter. Her generous nature touched many over the years. Those years just shy of 99! Years well lived and you were tired. God knew all this, opened his arms and received you home! Tired no longer. XOXO Laurie and Norah 💚💜

Sharon Collison

Posted at 08:56pm
My dear Auntie who was a kind, loving person, always helping others and did like to "live it up" whenever we visited her from Surrey, B.C. Going for rides and eating out was the favorite thing to do.
Our condolences go out to family in Sask., Ontario, and B.C. She is with the Lord in all the glory of Heaven. Will miss her dearly,
Love Mike & Sharon (neice) Collison & Family

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