Winchester Press – obit – Verna Salter
Verna Salter (nee Christie), a resident ofMorrisburg for the past 10 years, passed away at the Ottawa CivicHospital following a brief illness on Sat., Jan. 5, 2008. Shewas 77.
She was born in Bedell on Dec. 27, 1930 to her parents Archieand Gertrude Christie (nee Dillabough). She was raised on thefamily farm
On Feb. 18, 1950 she married Franklin Salter, and together theyhad six daughters: Donna, Karen, Dianne, Connie, Lorie, and Carol.She was an extremely hard worker. She and Franklin raised theirdaughters on the dairy farm in Oak Valley, were caretakers formany years of the little Oak Valley Schoolhouse, and for a numberof years they cared for Franklin and Verna’s mothers at theirhome. She worked tirelessly beside Franklin on the farm alwaysmaking sure everyone’s needs were met. She had a huge garden everysummer and made all her own pickles, jams, and preserves. Herchildren always got up in the mornings with their breakfast waitingon the table complete with sectioned grapefruit that Verna hadprepared after ironing clothes for school, packing lunches, andbeing in the barn to milk cows by 5 am. When her daughters arrivedhome from school they were treated to a home cooked meal everynight, and they never, ever did without. Verna and Franklin ensuredthat the girls had all they needed and more.
Verna was one of the kindest, most caring, and considerate peopleanyone could ever hope to meet. She demanded nothing, asked fornothing, and treasured her family and friends. She was not materialisticin any way, and her treasures in life were her family and friends.She loved each of her family members so well and she had a wayof making each of them feel so special. She absolutely adoredher grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was an avid Ottawa Senators fan and it was enjoyable for herfamily to watch her watching a hockey game because she was alwayson the edge of her seat cheering her team on and getting so excited.She enjoyed watching her birds at the feeders in her back yard,gardening, her card games at the Legion, the euchre marathons,chatting with friends whether it be over the fence or runninginto someone “over town” and going to diners club. Shetook excellent care of Franklin and he relied on her to help himwith everything.
In 1997 Franklin and Verna sold the farm and bought a home onKyle Drive in Morrisburg where they quickly developed a huge circleof friends who were especially helpful to Verna following Franklin’sdeath in 2000. In return, she took great joy in being able toprovide rides to the post office, grocery store, doctor’s office,card games’ or wherever her friends needed to go. She was verypassionate about her support of the MS Society and prayed fora cure. She was also passionate about supporting our troops, andpromoted others doing the same. Fridays were no longer Fridaysbut rather “Red Fridays.” Her concern and strength whileher grandson Matthew served in Afghanistan last year also gavetestament to her inner strength. She possessed every pin, decal,sash and sign ever produced to “Support Our Troops.”She wrote to the troops in Afghanistan and was thrilled to receivea reply from a soldier, together with a picture of himself withhis two sons, who were also serving in Afghanistan. She referredto this letter as one of her most precious possessions.
She always looked for the good in people, and honesty was of thehighest importance to her. Her ability to accept everything withintegrity and grace set a fine example for her family and friends.Verna was a very special wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,mother-in law, and friend who will be deeply missed by her familyand friends.
She is survived by her daughters Donna (Lloyd) Reid of Red Deer,Karen (Rick) Allen of Red Deer, Dianne (Hugh) Fawcett of Winchester,Connie (Jim) Walsh of Red Deer, Lorie (Alan) Casselman of RR#3Williamsburg, and Carol (Joe) Sousa of Ottawa. She will be dearlymissed by 15 grandchildren: Sheri, Andrea, Matthew, Alyssa, Brendan,Kelly, Ryan, Brandon, Andrew, Jeremy, Emily, Jessica, Jordan,Dylan, Brittany, and four great-grandchildren Rhianna, Kaeden,Taylor, and Logan. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by her husband Franklin and her brother Floyd.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Wed., Jan. 9. The funeral service was held at the funeral homeon Thurs., Jan. 10 with Rev. Blair Paterson officiating. Intermentfollowed at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearerswere her sons-in-law Lloyd Reid, Rick Allen, Hugh Fawcett, JimWalsh, Alan Casselman, and Joe Sousa. The honourary pallbearerswere grandchildren.
Donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Winchester DistrictMemorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.