Ina Wilson.

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Grandma Ina standing outside the Barwick Cafe.


Peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2007, Jamesina (Ina) Wilson of Barwick, Ontario passed at the La Verendrye Hospital, Fort Frances, Ontario.

Ina was born March 26, 1913 in Dobie Twp, Ont to the late William and Winnifred Scott.  She operated the Barwick Cafe store for over fifty years.  Ina was very proud that she was one of the oldest residents of Chapple Twp to be still residing in the same community from which she was born.  Over the years she helped raise many foster children.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Sis and husband Bob Woolsey of Chapple Twp, Ontario; daughter-in-law Elaine Wilson of Nestor Falls, Ont.  Seven grandchildren and their spouses and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.  Also survived by sister Elen Robertson of North Bay, Ont and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ina was predeceased by her husband Thomas J. Wilson; Son William (Pud) Wilson; her brothers John, Bill, Jim, and Norman Scott; sister Alezandria Magill and Winnifred Scott.

As per Ina’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place in Emo Cemetery.

Obituary from the Fort Frances Times



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The story behind the photo.

I really wanted to find a photo of Grandma Ina at her Cafe; one when it was busy and operating as a restaurant.  After having no luck at both the Chapple and Emo museums, I turned to Facebook.






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Tammy Flatt and I went to elementary school together.  I haven’t seen her since high school, until this summer… when we ran into each other at the Emo Fall Fair.

I was so thankful that she tagged Jjay Wo in her comment.  Jay is a distant cousin to me.  His grandma (Sis) and my grandpa (Pud) were brother and sister.  Hopefully he would have a picture and share.

He did.  At midnight one night, we started chatting back and forth about Great Grandma Ina.  He shared the photo of her, along with this one of him and Grandpa Tom…

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And a picture of his blanket that Grandma Ina made him.

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Jay said that he has some more photos of Grandma that he can share with me.  I’m so thankful that he responded.

I love how this little #hometown project is connecting me with people I haven’t seen in so long, in such unexpected ways.  And I’m only at day 6.


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