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Vanee, Wilhelmina

Wilhelmina (Wilma) Vanee of Fort Macleod, beloved wife of Willem (Bill) Van Driesten, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 23, 2010, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Wilma had a zest for life that was contagious, and her strength and courage is an inspiration to us all. Wilma always put others before herself, and lived for her family and friends. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker, and made Sunday suppers a ritual get-together for her six children and 15 grandchildren. Wilma’s home was a revolving door of company. She greeted everyone with a welcoming smile, a fresh pot of coffee, and a listening ear. Her family was her pride and joy, and she was ours.
Wilma had a love for gardening and flowers, and spent much time tending to her beautiful yard. When she wasn’t gardening, she was busy whipping up something delicious in her kitchen. Hard work was nothing new to Wilma. She met all challenges in life with her strong will and graceful ease. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, oma, sister, aunt and friend.
Wilma was predeceased by her infant daughter Ledona; brothers Gerrit and Joe Vanee; parents Ray Vanee and Faye Van Wessel; and brother-in-law Maas Van Driesten.
Wilma is survived by her daughter Marlene and her children, Kayla, Tyler, Brandon, and Tiegan; Budd and Jodie and their children Chris (Jen), Steve, Ashley and Danny; Dave and Therecia and their children Cody and Carlin; Bruce and Janene and their children, Brayden and Avery; Reed and Ramona and their son Kurtis; Mark and Natasha and their children Jayce and Payton; as well as five sisters, six brothers, and countless nieces and nephews and their families.
Wilma was laid to rest Monday, April 26, 2010, with her family and friends by her side.

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