August 19, 1932 – March 16, 2019
Tannis was born in Canora, Saskatchewan to Stanley Howard Edgar and Marion Millar Edgar. There were three siblings, Jean Peterson, Phyllis Sayes and Grant Edgar.
Upon completion of high school at Yorkton Collegiate Institute, she attended University of Alberta, receiving her BA in 1953. After a period of practical experience in Child Welfare, she enrolled in the School of Social Work, University of Manitoba and received a Bachelor of Social Work degree (with distinction) in 1957.
Her marriage to David Joseph Walters, on Valentine’s Day 1958, was a long and happy one. Dave was an office in the Royal Canadian Artillery and their military life together saw many interesting and varied postings, to Germany, the USA and many parts of Canada. They had three children, David Grant Walters (Monique Symons), Robyn Jean Walters (Patricio Penteado) and Nancy Dianne Walter (Riccardo Coen). There are five grandchildren, Alison and Sarah Walters, Thomas Penteado, Max and Samuel Coen.
Tannis enjoyed a varied work career as well; Children’s Aid Society Winnipeg, New Brunswick Child Welfare Services, Royal Ottawa Hospital, Toronto Queen St. Mental Health Reach Out. She was particularly proud of the Military Families Information & Social Service Outreach, she helped establish in Lahr, Germany in 1975 and directed for two years.
Travel to many parts of Canada and the World was an important part of the Walters’ family life. As her children’s careers took them to far flung locations, interesting visits to Ghana, Cyprus, South Africa, Italy, with many visits to Toronto and Rome were a major part of her life. And, especially Mexico, Dave and Tannis’ annual extended sun vacation after their retirement to Maple Bay, BC in 1991.
She loved to read, play bridge, garden & cook, and could write as well, sew & reuse, recycle & reinvent uses for many things, long before it was fashionable to do so.
She will be remembered with love and affection by her loving husband, caring children & delightful grandchildren as well as friends & colleagues.
No services at Tan’s request. Flowers gratefully declined.
First Memorial Funeral Services