Follett, Wendy

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As per Wendy's request, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. Private family ash interment will be at the Miami Cemetery.  Donations may be made in Wendy’s memory to the BTHC Foundation, South Central Cancer Resource, The Heart and Stroke Foundation or (Rheumatoid) Arthritis Society.

Wendy Grace Follett (nee Watchorn)
1946 ~ 2021

 

On Friday February 19, 2021, after a lengthy battle with many illnesses, Wendy passed peacefully with her family by her side.

Wendy leaves to mourn her daughter, Lisa (Danny) Dyck two grandsons, Seth and Zachary, one granddaughter, Paige and two grandsons, her mother, Daisy Watchorn (nee Criddle), brother, Jim (Dagmar) Watchorn, sister, Joyce (Allan) Dawson as well as many nieces, and nephews. Wendy was predeceased by her husband, Reg, father, Norman Watchorn and sister-in-law, Audrey Bruce.

Mom was the oldest of three children. Her early years were spent on the farm in Deerwood. She attended elementary school in Altamont and high school in Miami. She moved to Winnipeg after graduation to work for CIBC. She returned to Miami with CIBC and in October 1967 married Reg Follett. They adopted two girls. Mom enjoyed time at home before returning to work once the girls were in school. As a young adult, mom loved to snowmobile, camp and play cards with friends and family. She was always up for fun with friends and was full of fun and laughter. Mom dedicated her summer holidays to fitting as many kids in her car as possible and hauling us all off to Morden Lake for swimming lessons. Mom loved the beach and the sun. She then would come home to a sink full of vegetables dad had picked and begin canning all night. With her two nieces, Jill and Stacey living just a quarter of a mile down the road, mom was a huge part of their growing up too. Mom was always up for fun with the girls. From water fights to camping trips mom adored her two little blonde girls. The girls always remember Auntie Wendy for her love of fashion with her jewelry, fancy purses and shoes and always of course with her hair done and makeup on. Mom had endless patience and love for them. Mom worked for CIBC from 1964 until her retirement in 2005. During her retirement she helped raise her grandchildren, Paige and Wyatt. She spent countless hours nurturing them and giving them opportunities for extracurricular activities. Mom had time in these years to enjoy her rose gardens, her pond, her apple orchard, feeding her birds and enjoying her cats and dogs. She loved to finally be home more to enjoy all these things. Mom had many health challenges when she retired. She battled Rheumatoid Arthritis, multiple cancers, lower leg amputation, and open-heart surgery all with determination and resilience. Even with all the setbacks she loved to spend time with her grandkids. Mom could always be found with a baby in her arms. She had a special touch to soothe them to sleep. We called her the baby whisperer. In 2017, mom moved to Morden Manor 2. She enjoyed her little apartment and her new friends there. Mom was then closer to Dan, Lisa, Seth and Zach and enjoyed times at their baseball and hockey games. Mom made new friends at these events and looked forward to the next game. Mom was very close with her grandsons and they loved to spoil grandma. Mom didn’t let her health hold her back from enjoying two amazing adventures with her brother, Jim and sister-in-law, Dagmar. In 2018, they jetted off to the Grand Cayman Islands. Mom soaked up the sun, sand and beautiful flowers. In January 2020, she enjoyed a trip to Maui with Jim, Dagmar, Lisa and Seth. These trips were some of her retirement highlights. She enjoyed the Maui sunsets, the beautiful flowers and an amazing helicopter adventure. In May 2020, mom’s health began to decline. She entered Boundary Trails Health Centre (BTHC) in August 2020 and was never able to come home again. She was bedridden the last six months of her life, but she enjoyed FaceTime and phone calls many times a day with family and friends as visits were restricted with covid 19. Mom passed at Swan Lake Hospital while waiting for a bed at Tabor Home. And after two months with no visitors, Lisa was finally able to see her the day before she passed. We had one final visit together. Mom held on to her amazing sense of humour and wit till the very end. Mom will always be remembered for her selflessness, kindness, generosity and endless love.

Special thank you to many wonderful compassionate healthcare providers who helped provide mom care over the years. Also thank you to those who comforted mom with calls, letters and cards. Mom was one of a kind and will never be forgotten. Her love was endless for us just as ours is for her. 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements

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