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Born: Feb 26, 1916

Date of Passing: Nov 02, 2010

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WILMA ALICE KATHLEEN CHRISTIE (nee CLUBB) February 26, 1916 - November 2, 2010 Wilma Alice Kathleen Christie, a dearly beloved Mother and Grandmother, in her 95th year, peacefully departed this earthly life on November 2, 2010. She had been a resident of Betel Personal Care Home, Selkirk, at the time of her passing. Wilma, born in Morris on February 26, 1916, was the eldest child of five children born to the Hon. William Reid and Mrs. Gertrude Alice (nee Kastner) Clubb. Though she and her four spirited siblings were raised in Winnipeg, strong ties remained with the Clubb and Kastner farms, Clover Lodge' and Oakwood' respectively, near the town of Morris. Her cousin, Dorothy Thompson and Aunt Winnie were part of the extended family there, also. Wilma's father was first a farmer, then a prominent member of the Bracken-Progressive Farmers government in the 1920s to 1930s, being the Cabinet Minister for Labour and later Public Works during the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway. Hence, the Clubb children were aware of government affairs, and occasionally, were invited to attend special events, such as the opening of the Manitoba-Ontario section of TCH on July 1, 1932. Wilma retained wonderful memories of these experiences. Wilma attended Grosvenor School, Balmoral Hall and Kelvin High School before enrolling at the University of Manitoba where she graduated in 1939 with a B.Sc. in Home Economics. Throughout her school days, Wilma was a keen participant in sports, especially in basketball, track, and hurdle racing. Later in life, she enjoyed walking and exploring through her neighbourhoods. The Hon. W. R. Clubb and Dr. Herb Christie Sr. were friends as hunting partners and fellow curlers, so it was inevitable that their children become acquainted. Wilma said that she fell in love with the dentist's son, Jack Andrew Christie, when she was 12 years old. In later years, Mrs. Gertrude Christie Sr. used to allow Wilma to study for exams up on the third floor of their home on Canora Street because it was much quieter than the Clubb home on McMillan Avenue. Wilma and Jack were old enough to witness the rise and fall of fortunes during the Great Depression of 1929 to 1939, so upon being engaged they decided that each would save the princely sum of $1000 before being wedded. Obviously they were good savers for Dr. Jack Christie and Miss Wilma Clubb were married on July 6, 1940 in St. George Crescentwood Anglican Church, Winnipeg. They continued that Scots frugality, passed on from both sides of the family, by saving the new Bluenose Dimes found in ones loose pocket change to put towards their first sterling-silver set of cutlery. After service during the Second World War in the Canadian Dental Corps, Captain Jack established his own dental practice in St. Boniface. The young couple moved into the Eugenie Block nearby in Norwood Grove, a district of St. Boniface. They remained in Norwood, moving to Lawndale Avenue and it was here that their four children were born and raised. Wilma became a home-maker in the true sense of the word in the 1940s and put her university experience to work when raising their children. The family then moved to Lyndale Drive where Wilma continued to live following Jack's death in 1969. Then, in 1999, she moved first to the Evergreen Apartment, then to assisted living in Selkirk. Wilma was an exuberant hostess and this was most evident when she was down in the Whiteshell Provincial Park at the family cottage on Red Rock Lake. She entertained many family gatherings at the cabin, built in 1946. However, no experience spent at Red Rock Lake would be more memorable than the spring of 1950 to where she and her three children, (along with sister, Catherine Mitchell, and her young family) were evacuated due to the catastrophic Red River Flooding of Winnipeg and Manitoba. Wilma was a strong, independent woman who spent every summer at the cottage. It was here that she instilled an enduring love of nature and lake-life in her four children and subsequently to her ten grandchildren and extended family of relatives and friends. Wilma was a talented lady who, along with her cooking and baking skills, took pleasure in needlework, rug hooking, crossword puzzles, oil painting, gardening and flower arranging. Vases of wild pickings or flowers, especially roses from her garden, always decorated the cottage along with dry-mounted butterflies, bird nests and rock collections! Wilma fondly remembered her involvement as a member of a ladies social investment club (The 10-15) and, as well, of a ladies bridge-playing group in Norwood. She was a former member of the Women's Auxiliary of St. Philip's Anglican Church when living in Norwood and was a past member of the Manitoba Dental Wives Association. The family would like to express a sincere Thank-you to the dedicated staff of Woodland Court and Betel Personal Care Home, as well as, to Drs. Demsas, Zoppa and Harris for their service to our Mother, Nana and Gran. Wilma was predeceased by: her father, the Hon. W. R. Clubb (1961); her mother, Mrs. Gertrude A. (Kastner) Clubb (1977); baby Richard Christie (1948); her husband, Dr. John Andrew Christie (1969); brother Garth (Bill) Clubb (1980); and sister, Catherine Mitchell (2000). She is survived by: her sisters, Marguerite Sloan and Shirley Martin; sisters-in-law, Margery Clubb and Florence Christie; brothers-in-law, Dr. James R. Mitchell and Robert Martin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews in Manitoba and across Canada. Wilma was very proud of her children who will forever cherish her memory: Dr. William Herbert Christie (Helen), Leslie Ann Benson (Murray), Gordon Craig Christie (Barbara), and John Edward Christie (Patricia). Wilma showed great pride and enthusiasm towards the activities and accomplishments of her grandchildren who will treasure their memories of her: Will Christie, Dr. Tara Christie, Rod Christie; Colin Benson, Chris Benson; Christine Christie, Tricia (Derrik) Christie-Wickham; Emily Christie, Caleigh Christie, Brooke Christie. Honouring Wilma's earlier request, there will be no formal ceremony. A private family graveside service was held on November 5, 2010 at Elmwood Cemetery with Pastor Brad Elliott of Christ Church (Anglican) Selkirk officiating. Gilbart Funeral Home of Selkirk were in charge of arrangements. If you have a mind to remember her life, please Tak aff a wee dram' of good Scotch whisky, or, your favourite libation. Wilma's usual modest pre-dinner drink was Grants. In the words of the Immortal Bard of Scotland, Robbie Burns: Contented wi little and cantie wi mair, Whene'er I forgather wi' Sorrow and Care, I gie em a skelp, as they are creepin alang, Wi' a cog o' guid swats, and an auld Scottish sang. In lieu of flowers, if one so wishes, a donation in memory of Mrs. Wilma Christie may be made to the Trans-Canada Trail, North Whiteshell Section #07-0037-02, or to a charity of one's choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 06, 2010

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My Father Elmer worked for the Bottenheimers in Morris and my Grandfather William was a cousin I believe to William Reid. I have just come across this and thought I would send condolences. My younger sister's name is Willma. - Posted by: William James Clubb (Son of Elmer Gordon Clubb, Grandson of William Henry Clubb of Shedden Ontario) on: Feb 13, 2013

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