Walker, Rita Margaret (nee Wilson), B.Sc.N., Reg.N. - Died at home, at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, on October 9, 2011, from complications arising from a stroke suffered in October, 2005.
Margaret was born in London, Ontario, on September 28, 1929, the only child of the late Beverly and Rita T. Wilson. Margaret was predeceased by the love of her life, Dr. John B. Walker, who she met on the first day of grade nine at London Central Collegiate Institute, when she pulled the chair out from under the boy sitting in front of her. Fortunately, John was willing to look past this stunt and they went on to marry in 1953 and to enjoy 48 years of married life prior to John’s death in 2001. She will be forever loved and deeply missed by her three daughters and their families: Barbara Walker-Renshaw and Ian Renshaw, Caitlin, Marty, Taylor and Rylie Bradbury, of Oakville, Ontario, Merryn Renshaw and Josh Williams, of Toronto, Ontario; Jane, Louis, Phillip and Andrew Pisters of Houston, Texas; and Katherine, Peter, Kevin, Erin and Meghan Pisters, also of Houston, Texas. Dear sister-in-law to Anne and Robert Hayman, and Aunt Marg to Stephen, Alexander and Nicholas Hayman, Michael Hayman, and Susan, Brent, Robbie and Katie Hayman-Abello.
Margaret was blessed by many life-long close friends, to whom she was steadfastly loyal, and from whom she received much love and support in return. If friends are the relatives we choose, Margaret’s relatives can be said to include Bette Ferguson, Noreen (Mickey) Gunn, Elizabeth Habel Bell, Margaret (Maggie) Jones, Margaret Otton, and Kathleen Smith.
In 1952, Margaret graduated from the Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, associated with the University of Western Ontario. She was a member of the Victorian Order of Nurses prior to retiring from nursing to become a “household executive” (her term). She was an active member of her children’s various home and school associations and a volunteer in the movement for women’s reproductive rights during the 1960s and 1970s. Her interests included gardening, travel, classical music and opera. For over forty years, she was a cottager, first on Lake Muskoka and then on Lake Kawagama, where she was at her happiest fishing, reading by the fire and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.
Margaret benefitted from skilled nursing, medical and rehabilitative care following the stroke that changed her life in October 2005. There were many caregivers, too numerous to mention, who formed a circle of support around Margaret, for which her family is wholeheartedly grateful.
Margaret’s family will receive friends at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London, on Friday, October 14, 2011, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., also at the James A. Harris Funeral Home. Interment and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or The Mount Hope Fund at the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.
7 to 9 p.m., Friday, October 14 at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London
10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the James A. Harris Funeral HomeClick here to view the map with James A. Harris Funeral Home location