Dora "Mae" Tennant

Obituary of Dora "Mae" Tennant

Dora “Mae” Tennant, mother, grandmother, and active member of her community passed away peacefully at the Wetaskiwin Hospital with family by her side on Monday, May 24, 2021 at the age of 86 years.

Mae will be lovingly remembered by her sons Edwin (Laverne) Graff, David Taylor, Peter (Deb) Taylor, Donald Tennant, Rodney (Trish) Tennant, daughter Sandra Taylor (Larry Munro), stepdaughter Jackie Reid. Grandchildren Lindsey McArady, Dwayne Scott, Alexa Spence, Joshua Taylor, Kassandra Tennant, sister in-law Betty Lester, brother in-law John Taylor and niece Gloria Sawiski.

Mae was born in May 1935 in Lacombe, Alberta. She spent her childhood growing up on her parent’s farm that was located in the Lake Bend district located just a few kilometres south of Bashaw, Alberta. It was in Lake Bend that she attended a rural “one-room” school with her sister and brothers. Upon completion of her education, she worked in the hotel industry for short while. Mae was not one to stay in one place for too long. It was not long before she found herself working as a caregiver at the Three Way Care Centre in Rimbey, Alberta. Again, she got “itchy feet” and relocated to Eckville, Alberta, where she worked as a cook at the hospital. Mae’s travels took her to the Alberta communities of Leedale, Olds, Lacombe, Red Deer and finally Wetaskiwin.

Mae took great pleasure in helping others, giving back and making the most of her time with friends and family; whether it be an impromptu get-together, attending a social event, camping or going on a road trip. She had a smile for everyone and will be remembered for her accepting attitude about life when she would say, “What will be will be.”

Her parents and all four of her siblings, son Wayne Tennant, daughter Inlaw Wendy MacRae, grandsons Allan Taylor and Michael Schott, predeceased Mae.

Due to Covid-19, a private family service to celebrate Mae’s life will take place at the Bashaw cemetery at a later date to be announced.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful and caring staff of unit 35 at the Wetaskiwin Hospital. A special thank-you to Jocelyn Callihoo, the palliative resource angel, all of Mae’s many friends in the Elks, and the social circle that resided along with her in the Legion Arms apartment building.

All of the funeral arrangements have been carried out by Meaningful Memorials Funeral Service.

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