The Little Girl Who Missed the Titanic

Wolsey, Janet Kennedy (nee Drummond)

June 21, 1909 – June 10, 2013

Janet Kennedy Wolsey, daughter of Elizabeth and Adam Drummond, was born in 1909 in Durham, England. Janet was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 48 years, Oliver, and her brothers Walter (Muriel) and Robert (Jean). She is survived by her daughter Barbara Smith and son-in-law Brian, granddaughter Kristen Farquharson Sartori (George), two great-grandchildren Camryn and Sam and Kristen’s father Andrew Farquharson (Maria Nanni). She is also survived by two step grandchildren Claire Smith (Andrew Pollard), Chris Smith (Cory Heavener) and two great-step grandchildren, Ryan and Gabrielle, nephew Jack Cook (Brenda), and numerous grand nephews and nieces and their respective families.

When Janet was 2 years old she and her mother were booked to sail on the Titanic in 1912, but, due to overbooking, were given alternate passage. Following the tragic sinking of the Titanic, Janet and her mother sailed to Canada on a cargo ship to join her father on a homestead in Craigellachie, BC. Janet attended a small one-room school and later graduated with honours from Revelstoke High School. Following training at Victoria Normal School, Janet again graduated with honours and commenced a long and successful career as a primary school teacher. She taught in a one-room school in Agassiz and as an exchange teacher in Toronto and Scotland. Janet also had a flair for writing and enhanced her teaching career by writing and publishing children’s stories. She concluded her long teaching career in Vernon where she retired in 1969.

For the next ten years, Janet and Oliver enjoyed their much loved home at Okanagan Landing (Vernon), travelled extensively and enjoyed extended winters in Mexico and other parts of the world. In 1979, Janet and Oliver moved to Victoria to be closer to immediate family.

Services will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services at 1155 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C. on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Special acknowledgement and thanks to the staff of St. Charles Manor, and particularly Sandra Walters for providing additional care and warmth. In lieu of flowers, please give to a charity of your choice.

Vernon Morning Star

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