It is with a sense of love, understandable sadness, yet with an undertone of relief that the family of Velma Jane Scorgie announces her peaceful passing in Edmonton on Sunday, April 24, 2022, well into her 101st year of life. Born Velma Jane Gertrude Middleton on June 21, 1921 (on the kitchen table at the family farmhouse outside of Claremont, Ontario) to Geordie and Hilda Middleton, she grew into womanhood on that lovely farm, revelling in the play and turn of the seasons and in the whole of the natural world, the memories of which she would hold close as a calm and deep respite all of her life.
Velma married Donald William Scorgie (deceased 2013) in 1948, and together they welcomed three sons into a secure and comfortable home in Toronto. She was the balancing point for her boys as they grew. And she loved her Donald, together making a garden lush and verdant with patient and restorative practice. She was also a great reader and instinctive educator, inculcating these passions in the generations that followed.
Velma now leaves her children, David Samuel Scorgie (Doris Wilson), Rev. James Donald Scorgie, and Rev. John William Scorgie (Cheryl), nieces and nephews Dr. Glen Scorgie (Kate), Ruthanne (Ross) Imrie, Anne (Jim) Allender, Bill (Charlotte) Middleton, as well as grandchildren Michael Wilson-Scorgie, Thea Wilson-Scorgie (Steve Oxley), and Alison Scorgie, Lesley-Anne Scorgie (Tim McWhinney), Stephen Scorgie (Kirsty), and Joshua Scorgie (Sheena), Dr. Christina Booker (Joel), Maria Trace (Kevin), as well as 11 great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Ezra Scorgie, Bethany and Josiah Booker, Micah and Amaya Trace, Odin and Ophelia Oxley, Hank and Dorothy McWhinney, and Noah Scorgie. Velma was also predeceased by her dearly loved brother Donald Middleton (Jean), sister Violet Lahay (Ron), and her nephew Paul Middleton (Sally). Each member of Velma’s family will miss her wisdom, strong Christian faith, and her gift for friendship. She was the family matriarch. No one who met her would forget her abiding faith, practicality, and thoughtfulness. Each of us loved her and was loved in return.
Special thanks to the caregivers at Grandview Long Term Care in Edmonton. Cremation has taken place.
Serenity Funeral Services
North Central Chapel