After being blessed with a wonderful, happy life filled with laughter and so much love, our Mom passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.
She had joyfully celebrated her 100th birthday on Febr. 25, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.
Although our hearts are broken we are comforted knowing that she has now reunited with the love of her life, our dear Dad, George. They shared 69 years of magical, beautiful and unwavering love.
She adored her family, friends and loved her church. She read her tattered old bible almost every day of her life and practised what she learned—always caring for those in need. Visiting the elderly and lonely was a priority.
Her happy kitchen was a source of joy and a staggering quantity of the “Ukrainian staff of life”—cabbage rolls and perogies always appeared for those who came to her door.
In Mom's world, beauty could be found everywhere ... on her knees in her lovely garden, fishing, partridge hunting, digging out every single dandelion on her lawn and always cooking, playing cards and laughing with dear friends and family.
Mom's sweet smile and wonderful sense of humour will be sadly missed by her children, sons, Lawrence, and Jim (Fran), and daughter, Irene (Paul) MacKenzie; and daughter-in-law, Barb Gushulak; as well as her grandchildren, Lisa Gushulak, Cheryl (Mike) Behan, Heather Gushulak, Allyson, Brianne and Austin MacKenzie, Penny (Chris) Crawford, and Kristin Gushulak.
She'll also be missed by great-grandchildren, Nathan Baird (Kate), Jacob and Kennadi Herbert (Tyce), as well as Taylor, Ashlyn, Morgan and Madison Crawford; and great-great granddaughter, Sloan Baird.
Mom was predeceased by her darling husband, George; her brother, William Odokeychuk; loving daughter-in-law, Ilona; dear grandson, Paul Gushulak; and her precious son, Randy.
Mom is no longer confined by her physical pain and has finally emerged from the isolating and confusing world that dementia forced her to live in for such a long time.
Mom, you were the shining light that made our house a beautiful home. God has you in His arms. We have you in our hearts.
Today, in memory of our Mom, please really look at someone you care about.
Hug them and tell them how much they are loved. She was so good at doing that!
Funeral services were held at Green Funeral Home on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.