Alice Lillian (Emsley) Wiley entered her eternal resting place on January 2, 2023 at the age of 85 years and ten months. She was the fourth child of the late George and Lillian (McCandles) Emsley, born on the family farm in the Meadowview District of the RM of Saltcoats.
At the age of three, Alice went to live with her father’s sister, Gladys Porter and husband, Dave Porter; this became her permanent home due to Alice’s health issues as a small child. She attended Cut Arm Country School and then Bredenbury High School. As a high school student, she worked after school and weekends at Nelson’s Grocery Store in Bredenbury, and later Bredenbury Rural Telephone Co. In 1956 she joined Sask Tel as an operator in Yorkton. She had 41 years service when she retired in 1997.
In early 1956 she met the love of her life, Arthur Wiley and they were married August 3rd, 1957 at the Bredenbury Knox United Church. The marriage was blessed with four children.
In late 1970 they purchased a farm west of Yorkton, where they raised their four children. Alice had many other jobs besides being a mother, wife, and telephone operator. She took pleasure in raising her miniature and standard poodles, and after that took up painting, and was quite good considering she never took a painting class.
In 2013 after Arthur passed on, she purchased a condo in Yorkton where she resided until November 2022, when health problems forced her to enter the hospital, and then the Canora Gateway Lodge.
Alice was predeceased by her husband Arthur Wiley, sisters Ada Hoehne and Ella Emsley; brothers Bart Emsley and George Emsley. She leaves to mourn her passing, her children Sandra Hnatuik, Tracy (Wayne) Paul, Clayton (Liza) Wiley, and Ian Wiley. Seven grandchildren; Brett Hnatuik, Lacie Hnatuik (Greg), Nathan Paul (Danika), Nicole Paul, Kendra (Dale) Day, Shelley Wiley (Byron), Chantel Wiley, her brother David Emsley (Vi), sisters-in-law; Millie Meneley, Merle (Dale) Ward, Vicky Wiley, and many nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to Paws & Claws or to Bredenbury United Church.
A funeral service was held on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Christies Funeral Home, 121 Palliser Way, Yorkton. The service was livestreamed and available through the link below at service time.
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