Wilma Elsie Shobe was born on April 6, 1933, on a farm southwest of Lintlaw, Sask., the eldest of five children, to Art and Lyla Shobe. The family moved to Nut Mountain, where Wilma took her schooling.
She married Dick Bagnall on October 20, 1949, in the Anglican Church in Yorkton. To this union two sons were born, Charles Richard and Garth Wayne.
Wilma and Dick lived on the Bangall home farm for 25 years and for 12 of those years drove a school bus in the Nut Grove district. In 1974, they purchased the Sylvania Hotel, which they owned and operated until 1990. Wilma took on the shared role of hotel operator and bartender as well as cooking in the hotel’s café.
After retiring from the hotel, Wilma and Dick spent their winters in Alamo, Texas, and their summers in Sylvania and at the cabin at Marean Lake. Wilma sewed, knitted, tatted, crocheted, crafted, and worked in her flower gardens. She and Dick spent many hours with friends, golfing or playing cards. Wilma enjoyed having her grandchildren visit.
As their health became an issue, Wilma and Dick bought a house and moved back to Kelvington to be closer to family. The last few years she has been a resident of Kelvindell Lodge.
Wilma died on March 4, 2017, at the Kelvindell Lodge with family by her side. She will be missed.
Wilma was predeceased by her parents, Art and Lyla Shobe; husband Dick; infant brother Edward; and sister Doreen Pierce.
Left to mourn are her son Charles; daughter-in-law Barbara; son Garth; daughter-in-law Charlott; grandchildren, Tonia (Glenn Haggard), Tammy (Dean) Andreas, Roxanne, Karla and Jenna (Ryan) Townsend; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Cierra, Hudson, Reid and Porsche; sisters, Marlene (Harold) Flowers and Elaine (Allan) Degelman; as well as many nieces and nephews.