Mary Warkentin left us to be with her Lord and Saviour on December 1, 2022 at the age of 90. We want to thank all the nurses, doctors and support staff that helped take care of Mom; you truly became our extended family!
She was born in Hanover, Manitoba and later moved to southern Ontario where she grew up until leaving home. It was in the small town of Dunnville where she met the love of her life, Jake Warkentin. They married in June, 1950 and enjoyed 72 years together, grateful for all the Lord blessed them with. It was in Dunnville that Mary & Jake started their family with the arrival of their son, Philip and then, 8 years later, Cynthia was born in Windsor, Ont. Mary & Jake, with their family, moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1967.
Mary was a phenomenal stay-at-home mom. When the children were older, Mary spent a number of years working for Pacific Western Airlines. During this time Mary & Jake had the opportunity to travel to many different places throughout the world. When she left PWA, she pursued her passion of helping people by establishing a 35 year career in massage therapy and reflexology. Her training took her to England, the U.S. and Canada.
Mary’s grandchildren and great grandchildren were very important to her. She was always there to lend a helping hand or babysit when needed. She loved to crochet and knit different things for the kids. She also loved cooking and baking and was the main cook for many family and holiday meals. We will all miss those great times together. Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Mary will always remember her for her warm smile and the tenderness she showed to all who met her.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jake; son Philip (Lynda) Warkentin; daughter Cynthia (Lester) Perkins; brother John (Marilyn) Penner; sister Martha (Sid) Traikovski; six grandchildren: Jennifer (Conrad) Tycholaz; Angela (Ben) Buell; Darryl (Jaelyn) Warkentin; Christina (Shane) Torn; Victoria (Brad) Farewell and Ian (Juno) Torn and her 13 great grandchildren; also her brothers & sisters-in-law and her many nieces and nephews, Mary is predeceased by her parents, her brothers Jake & Peter and her sister Nettie.
A private family service is to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta G5, 5550 – 45 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1L1 or to The Salvation Army, 4837 – 54 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 2G5. Condolences to Mary’s family may be emailed to Meaningful@telus.net; please indicate “Mary Warkentin” in the subject line.
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