MORRISON, Walentyna "Viola" (nee KOT) - September 23, 1933 - December 16, 2022
Our mom, Walentyna "Viola," was born in a part of Poland which is now Belarus.
In 1937, she immigrated to Canada, travelling by train and ship with her mother, Barbara Kot (nee Zieleniak), and her siblings, Mary and Nick, to join her father, John Kot, who had purchased a century-old farm on the hardscrabble rock of the Canadian Shield in Nobel, Ontario.
At the end of WWII, the entire family, including two new Canadian-born sisters, Jane and Milly, relocated to Toronto and the rustic farm, and nearby Killbear Park became a cherished retreat for summer holidays. Mom was Head Operating Room Nurse at Women's College Hospital from 1958 to 1961.
She was always proud of her responsibility for training nurses entering the profession. She married James Ernest Morrison in 1959, and together they had three sons, Andrew, James and Darrin.
She was a devoted parent, ensuring her sons had strong family ties with each other, their aunts, uncles and many cousins, who loved to celebrate Christmas and Easter feasts together with foods from the old country. Mom had a knack for choosing thoughtful gifts, and had a passion for hunting down treasures at garage sales with her sister, Milly.
Predeceased by Dad, she is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew (Nancy), James (Linda), and Darrin (Stephanie); and by her three grandchildren, James, Grace and Sebastian, whom she adored.
Thank you to the caring staff at Kipling Acres Long-Term Care, where she spent her final years. Given her love of good food, if you wish, please make a donation in Mom's memory to your local food bank.