The youngest of seven children, Wilma Lorraine Johnston was born in 1920, and was raised in the village of Bronte, Ontario.
Affectionately called “Duck” by her sisters, she swam in the creek when she wanted and kept a pet rooster.
She attended nursing school in Toronto, graduating in 1942.
Serving in England as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during the war, she married Dr. Peter Playfair of the Royal Canadian Navy in Horsham, England in 1944.
Upon their return to Canada the couple moved to northwestern Ontario, eventually settling in Kenora, where they raised their two children Janet and Ross.
After Peter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had retired from practice in 1975, the couple moved to the village of Iroquois, Ontario.
In 2008 Wilma moved to the Chartwell Hartford Retirement Residence in Morrisburg, Ontario, where she lived until she passed away on Sept 19th 2016.
A capable and resourceful woman, Wilma took care of her family and household and did whatever needed doing without fuss or complaint.
She had a keen mind and even late in life when her short term memory was failing her, a sharp wit.
Many of her sayings will live on forever in the memories of those who met her.
Wilma was predeceased by her husband Peter and daughter Janet.
She will be remembered by her son Ross and wife Beverly; her son-in-law Richard Mitchell; her grandchildren Scott Playfair, Sandie Carlson (Ralph), Elizabeth Playfair, Sean Mitchell (Sylvia), and Jamie Playfair; her great-grandchildren Jonathan and Kendra Carlson, Dustin Playfair, Janelle and Andy Grafham, and Alex and Isabel Mitchell; and one great-great-grandchild Ayla Carlson.
In accordance with her wishes there will be no service and “no damned flowers”.
Somewhere Granny is making a pot of soup for those who have gone before her.