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October 29, 1918 — December 21, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Elsie Wilson announces her passing on December 21, 2018 at the age of 100 years. She was born at Surf Inlet in Northern BC as Elsie Leighton Sager, October 29, 1918. Educated as a teacher in Victoria, BC, she began her connection with the Okanagan in 1939 teaching in Summerland. Elsie married Les Wilson on February 12, 1942 and, after the Second World War, they settled in Kelowna, BC to raise seven children, along with numerous horses, dogs and cats. Her involvement in the Kelowna Riding Club, as a ski instructor at Big White and being the matriarch of a huge adoring family were her most cherished memories.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Les Wilson, her son Murray, her sister Shirley Morrison and her brothers Arthur and Murray Sager. She is survived by her brothers Melvin and Henry Sager, daughters Noreen Schmidt and Loraine Kemp, her sons David, Donald, Michael and Peter Wilson, as well as 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Hawthorn Park and Orchard Manor for the exceptional and compassionate care, as well as a special thanks to Drs. McIntosh, Allardyce and Lichtenstein for the excellent medical care.

A public celebration of life will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kelowna Riding Club, www.kelownaridingclub.com, the SPCA, www.spca.bc.ca, or a charity of your choiceIf you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kelowna Riding Club, the SPCA or a charity of your choice Link: www.kelownaridingclub.com, www.spca.bc.ca


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The service for WILSON, Elsie is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Rd. Kelowna, BC


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  • Joan Lailey says:

    Lorraine, John, Andrew, David & the Wilson family: We’re sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. How wonderful for the family to enjoy her cheerfulness & her many talents. Blessings to all, Love, Joan Lailey & Dan Sanson

  • Darlene and Pat Ewings says:

    We are very sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother and grandmother. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Such treasured memories!

  • Brian James says:

    We loved Elsie for her wonderful humor,empathy and steady desire to stay fit. Elsie was a pleasure to have teaching in the Ski School at Big White,admired by her fellow instructors and her many students-she was an inspiration to us all.

  • Kirsten MacIntyre (Bull) says:

    To Peter and Lorraine and the Wilson family,
    I am sorry for your loss of your amazing grandmother. God Bless you all.

  • Marilyn Westlake says:

    A great lady to have met. I believe she told me that she rode horseback Kelowna to Vancouver at one time!

  • Lyle Grisedale says:

    I feel so blessed to have known Elsie and to have counted her as one of my friends. I first met Elsie when I came to Big White to work in the Ski School in 1968. She was an amazing person full of enthusiasm, vitality, and mischief. She was an inspiration and a mentor to many young ski instructors at Big White, she certainly was for me. She saw the good in every situation and in every person. Rest in peace Elsie, you will never be forgotten! Sending my sincere condolence to all Elsies clan.

  • Ralph & Sharlene Oslund says:

    Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, Noreen. How wonderful to attain the age of 100! You have longevity in your genes!
    Ralph & Sharlene

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