Vernice Walker

 

(nee Meyers) aged 89 years, February 18th, 1928 to June 30th, 2017. Vernice passed away peacefully at the Kamsack Hospital after a 4 month battle with cancer. She spent the last months surrounded by her family and friends.
Vernice was born at the family homestead 3 miles northwest of Midale, Saskatchewan, to Edvwin and Elizabeth Meyers. After completing public school in Midale, she enrolled in the International Bible College in Moose Jaw, Sk. While on a summer posting, working as a nanny and teaching bible classes in Kamsack, she met Harvey Walker and a romance developed. Harvey enrolled in the college to be near her and within a year the two were engaged. When Vernice took a job in London, Ontario, the following summer, Harvey bought his first car and drove across the country to claim his bride.
The couple were married in London on November 1st, 1947 and took up residence on a farm west of Kamsack. Over the following decades, they lived in three different locations and raised 6 children. With 23 years between the oldest and youngest child, they spent much of their lifetime raising children. A stay-at-home mother and farm wife, Vernice was nurse and doctor, gardener and vet, caregiver and counsellor.
In 1976, once the older children had left home and the youngest was in school, Vernice started working at the Kamsack Library. She worked there for 19 years and was honoured with a Librarian of the Year Award. She also worked at the Eaglestone Lodge, doing a little of everything, and helped Glen Boychuk with his catering business.
Vernice and Harvey moved to town in 1981 which started a whole new phase of life. She had more time for organizations, hobbies, and her beloved yard. Over the years she belonged to many organizations including the United Church Women’s League, Legion Auxiliary, Nursing Home Auxiliary, Bible Study Group, and Kamsack Horticulture Society. She taught sewing – from basics to tailoring — with the 4H Club, developed the Great Books reading and discussion group with Steven Ruten, and served as vice president of the Kamsack Seniors Harmony Center. She also worked as a volunteer driver, raised money for the palliative care room, and took palliative care training.
Needless to say she was never home.
Vernice enjoyed learning and relished a challenge. Over the years she tried her hand at many hobbies including crafts, knitting and reading. One of her lifetime hobbies was sewing for herself, family and others. Her expertise included sewing grad gowns, wedding dresses, and costumes. She also made countless quilts for family, and for fundraisers and Quilts for Missions. Her greatest passion was gardening. The passion showed in her beautiful yard and in the awards she won year after year from the horticultural society.
Vernice is predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Walter Harvey Walker, daughter Betty Jean and brothers Donald, Arnold, Irvine and Leslie Meyers.
She is survived by her three sons, Stewart (Irene) of Kamsack, Mervin (Paul Smith) of Burlington, Ontario and Dale (Corina) of Winnipeg; three daughters, Merle (Wayne) White of Ottawa, Sharon (Randy) Jones of Martensville and Penny (Wayne) Bugera of Foam Lake; her sisters Lillian Heibein of Weyburn and Marlene Laliberti of Grande Prairie, Alberta. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Prayers were held on Monday, July 3, 2017 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from Westminster United Church.
Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery.

If friends so desire donation’s in Vernice’s memory may be made to the Kamsack and District Nursing Home Auxiliary.

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  1. Murray & Barb Khadiken says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Penny, Wayne and family – Stewart, Irene & family – Clint, Lynn and family.

    IF TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME

    If tomorrow starts without me,
    And I’m not there to see,
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;

    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry,
    The way you did today,
    While thinking of the many things,
    We didn’t get to say.

    I know how much you love me,
    As much as I love you,
    And each time that you think of me,
    I know you’ll miss me too;

    But when tomorrow starts without me,
    Please try to understand,
    That an angel came and called my name,
    And took me by the hand,

    And said my place was ready,
    In heaven far above,
    And that I’d have to leave behind
    All those I dearly love.

    But as I turned to walk away,
    A tear fell from my eye,
    For all my life,
    I’d always thought,
    I didn’t want to die.

    I had so much to live for,
    So much left yet to do,
    It seemed almost impossible,
    That I was leaving you.

    I thought of all the yesterdays,
    The good ones and the bad,
    I thought of all that we shared,
    And all the fun we had.

    If I could relive yesterday,
    Just even for a while,
    I’d say good-bye and hug you
    And maybe see you smile.

    But then I fully realized,
    That this could never be,
    For emptiness and memories,
    Would take the place of me.

    And when I thought of worldly things I might miss some tomorrow,
    I thought of you,
    and when I did,
    My heart was filled with sorrow.

    But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
    I felt so much at home.
    When God looked down and smiled at me,
    From His great golden throne,
    He said, “This is eternity, And all I’ve promised you.
    Today your life on earth is past,
    But here life starts anew.
    I promise no tomorrow,
    But today will always last,
    And since each day is the same way,
    There’s no longing for the past. ”

    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    Don’t think we’re far apart,
    For every time you think of me,
    I’m right there, in your heart.

    • Lynn says:

      Thank you Barb & Murray that is a Beautiful Poem

    • Penny and Wayne says:

      Thank you for those kind words.

  2. Ernie & Cathie Bodnarek says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Stewart,Irene & all the Walker families.

  3. Michele Berezowski says:

    Our most sincere condolences to the family. Vernice was one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. Such a beautiful soul. May God help you through this difficult time.

  4. Carol Leis says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Walker family… I got to know Vernice very well and I must say she is one of the most beautiful , kindest person i have ever met…It was my pleasure to look after her….. hugs to the family

  5. Doug says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Walker family. I have many fond memories of our times spent with my aunt and family. Doug and Linda

    • Penny and Wayne says:

      Thank you for attending the funeral and your sorry along this journey.

  6. Kerry Chernoff says:

    She was a lady in every sense of the word. I was happy to call her a friend. My condolences to the family.

  7. Karen & Rob Chutskoff says:

    Our condolences to the walker families..

    find comfort in family and friends during ur sorrow …remember with fondness all the memories you made together for they are a treasure.

  8. lorne says:

    To my cousins and their partners I send my condolences. Your mother was an outstanding example of living a life of caring for others, filled with kindness and giving. She has a special place in our memories.
    Lorne and Joan

    • Penny and Wayne says:

      So many great memories to hold on to. Thank you for your kind words.

    • Penny and Wayne says:

      So many memories to hold on to. Thank you for thinking of us at this sad time.

  9. Carrie Walsh says:

    My condolences to the family, Vernice was a kind beautiful women, she will be missed. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you.

  10. Cory tourangeau says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Walker family we are thinking of yous.
    Cory & Corrine Tourangeau

  11. Lydia Poniatowski (Fofonoff) says:

    I am saddened to read of Vernice’s passing. She was a great friend to my Mom, Lorene. They were friends from the time they were teenagers, were active at the Seniors Center together and visited regularly. May she rest in peace – An angel now with the angels.

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