1933 - 2018
Frances Leona Wilson (nee Dumont), a longtime resident of Coaldale, passed away at the Sunny South Lodge with her family by her side on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the age of 85 years.
A private service was held at the Gem of the West Museum, Coaldale on Monday, December 31, 2018. Burial followed at the Coaldale Cemetery.
Frances is survived by her children Randy (Lydia) Wilson of Coaldale and their children Shane and Blair; David Wilson of Taber and his children Keith and Kendra; Craig (Judy) Wilson of Coaldale and their children Laine and Hayden; Sharie (Gary) Gettman of Coaldale and their children Richard, Colin and Grant; Kim (Jacen) Abrey of Coaldale and their children Kandace, Darcee, Raegan and Kaci as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Linda Wilson and grandsons Kelly Wilson and Kendall Wilson earlier this year.
Frances was born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on September 22, 1933. She was proud of her Metis heritage and loved taking her family back to the Cypress Hills and the Fort Walsh area where her family history and tradition originated. As a young girl she roamed the Cypress Hills with her brothers and sisters enjoying all the hills had to offer.
Frances loved good coffee, socializing and playing games with grandkids. She had a wonderful smile that could light up a room. Frances always had a story to tell, whether it was about her dad's time in residential school or the ghost stories in the hills, there was always a meaning to her story and her children always listened intently to make sure they didn't miss the history.