Obituary of Wilma "Billie" Viola Clare Kirkwood (nee Giffin) R.N.
Billie passed away peacefully in her 92nd year at the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital (Smiths Falls) on May 7 with her daughters Valerie and Carolyn at her side. Billie graduated from the Grace Hospital in 1951 with a Certificate in Gynecologic and Obstetrical Nursing and Care of Infants. For almost 20 years, she was a stay-at-home mom and then went back to school attaining a Diploma as a Registered Nurse 1971. Billie was, understandably, very proud of her accomplishment, and she worked for many years in the Kemptville District Hospital. Billie loved to knit and made many lovely items for her family. She dearly loved her four grandsons, and when they were young she delighted in finding little treats to give them at each visit. In their retirement years, both she and her husband enjoyed travelling throughout Canada with their fifth-wheel trailer and truck and also spent many happy times camping in Algonquin Park and at Bennett Lake. Billie was predeceased by her husband, Russell Kirkwood, and by her parents, Harold and Keitha Giffin (nee Armstrong), her brother, Glenn, and sister Lois Fulford. She leaves behind her daughters, Valerie Kirkwood and Carolyn White (nee Kirkwood), and her niece Glenda Napper (nee Fulford). She will be missed by her grandsons, Glenn Jung (Amanda), Christopher Jung (Stephanie), Brian Jung (Heather) and Jonathan Jung, and fondly remembered by her six great-grandchildren: Ashley, Brody, Camden, Emma, Keegan and Warren. A memorial gathering will be planned at a later date.