It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Verna Geraldine Mitton (Wry). She passed away at The Moncton Hospital the evening of January 24th, 2024 after complications following a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Verna was the eldest child of Verna (Patterson) and Gerald A. Wry. Her loss will be deeply felt by Leaman, her beloved and devoted husband of over 67 years, her son Greg (Gisele) and daughter Tracey Kingston (Bruce). She was the much loved grandmother of Stacey Mills (Moe), Krista Mitton, Ryan Kingston (Kelsie), Brent Kingston (Krista) and she was great-grandmother to Julien & Renée Mills, Kaiden & Kaia Kingston as well as Savannah & Charlotte Kingston. Missing her as well are her brothers Tom (Kathy) and Fred (Michelle) as well as her sister-in-law Martha.
Verna was predeceased by her brother David Wry (Martha) and her sister Wendy Lund (Andy).
Born in Sackville, NB in 1937, Verna met the love of her life a couple of months before her 16th birthday. She married him 3 years later and was blessed with a son and daughter within the next few years. In early 1963, Saint John became her family’s home. She promptly joined the Kinettes and held every position in the club, from editor to director to president. She chaired numerous projects and attended 8 district and 5 national Kinsmen conventions with her husband, Lee. Verna cherished so many wonderful friendships that endured well after her Kinette years. She genuinely enjoyed sewing, curling, gardening, her bridge club and entertaining others, but her number one priority was always her children. An annual family camping trip always took precedence!
Verna was extremely creative and enjoyed dabbling in crafts & ceramics before she became interested in art and painting. She was an art student of the late Robert Percival. Her paintings were very much admired by many.
Verna & Leaman moved to Moncton in 1989 and spent 9 years there until they moved to Cambridge Narrows in 1998 to enjoy their retirement. Their 100 year old country house needed some work when they purchased it in 1977, but Verna made it her mission to transform it into a fabulous home… complete with flower gardens straight out of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Their country oasis was their home until the summer of 2017 when they moved to Riverview.
Heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at The Briarlea for all the care & empathy they provided this past year. Special thanks also to the caring staff at Parkland’s Canterbury Hall and to the paramedics, doctors and nurses at the Moncton hospital for their medical assistance and compassion.
To honour Verna’s wishes, visitation and a formal funeral service will not be held. Her arrangements have been entrusted to Cobb’s Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 330 Whitepine Road, Riverview (506-869-2007). Donations, in her memory, to the Alzheimer’s Society or charity of choice would be lovely. Online condolences can be made at www.cobbsfuneralhome.ca