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Born: Sep 02, 1929

Date of Passing: Jul 02, 2020

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Just two months shy of her 91st birthday, Mom/Baba peacefully passed at Holy Family Home, daughter Lynda by her side.
Mom was a known fighter but since the end of September, 2019 with various ailments afflicting her, she lost the energy and the will to fight back.
Mom will be greatly missed by daughter Lynda Glena, her constant companion since February, 2009; grandson Wade Beirnes, wife Melissa; and great-granddaughter Avery, aka Meshka, the APPLE of her eye, dethroning grandson Wade from that long held position; Chilliwack, BC.
Meshka became the world giving meaning to her life. Mom delighted in hearing that little voice on FaceTime; babbling, chattings and sing songs for her Baba. Mom looked forward to the many trips the grandkids made to Winnipeg so Baba could spend time hugging and cuddling her little mouse. Life was good when Avery was present, she treasured every moment they shared together!
Mom hailed from the rural area of Rorketon, MB, then Dauphin, MB, and finally in 1952 began her life in Winnipeg, MB, where she met Walter.
Her career was varied till finally landing a job with the Federal Civil Service; namely National Defense and finally Department of Immigration until retirement. Mom spent 29 plus years with the Public Civil Service.
Mom was a hard worker and perfectionist. Her home and yard were always in pristine condition. A caregiver by nature, always ready to help others in need. Family, neighbours, friends all benefitted from her varied experiences and knowledge. Lending emotional or financial support when needed was first nature to her. Rarely did she back away from helping out.
Many times were spent sharing and working with others on how to make and store her special dried chili spiced dill pickles, summer and winter borsht and pyrysky, brineless canned tomatoes, cranberry jam and those beet leaf holubci buns!! Wade benefitted extensively from learning Baba's various recipes, techniques and carries on many Ukrainian traditions. As recently as December, 2018 while visiting in Chilliwack, she spent the day instructing Wade in making two kinds of cabbage rolls. She would come alive in these situations usefully contributing at her tender age!! She hated being on the sideline and would always join in. She was Wade's biggest supporter from the day he was born.
Mom, along with Dad, loved and hosted many gatherings in their home or restaurants with family, friends and neighbours throughout the years. Lots of good food and drink with great company were plentiful and often guests were sent home toting doggie bags. It was the standard.
Many years of travel were spent in Vancouver and the Island visiting family and friends; the Okanagan, picking fruit to preserve for the winter months; Texas and Arizona for a few winters; Edmonton with Wade when he was in school, bringing major goodie boxes; attending and witnessing her grandson's official wedding in March of 2013 was huge; and Maui in February, 2015. Mom had the time of her life with the many varied and exciting adventures Wade and Melissa arranged. Her final trip in December, 2018 to Chilliwack to check out and give her seal of approval on their newly purchased home and spend Christmas with the grandkids; she loved Harrison Hot Springs just north of Chilliwack; she felt her ailing body revitalize and put a spring in her step.
Mom became quite the character in her later years sharing stories that had us and many others in stitches with laughter and tears.
Mom was the eldest of seven children. She is survived by brothers, Tony Glena (Lucy), Thunder Bay, ON; Bill Glena of Wawanesa, MB; sister-in-law Vicky Glena of Thunder Bay, ON. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, several cousins and special cousins, Ann and Mavis.
Special friends, Gina, Vicky and Ann spent hours chatting on the phone; her lifeline to the outside world as blindness for the past eight years limited her activities.
Mom was predeceased by her husband Walter; parents, Nellie and Peter Glena; sister Eva Kufley; and brothers, Alec, John and Mike.
We the family, would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to so many of the staff at River Ridge II where Mom lived for two and a half years. Shar, your expertise, knowledge and compassion gave us much comfort and trust in the quality of information relayed to us as urgent care needs had arisen, often on your shift, was invaluable.
To the home care aides, Evelyn, Myka, Lyka and Susan, we thank you for your kindness, patience, expertise and the quality of your care to keep Mom healthy and happy.
Thanks go out to staff at Holy Family Personal Care Home where Mom spent the last six months. The transition to a personal care home was very tough on her; just having to rely on strangers and then with the shutdown in place, life became increasingly more difficult for her and us. Eloisa, you became Mom's primary source of comfort and care during these trying times. Many thanks for your compassion and tender care.
For the many years of primary and specialized care, our thanks and appreciation are extended to Dr. J. Komosky, Dr. S. Eskarous, Dr. J. Rabson and Dr. R. Leicht. Chantal, you are a gem. Thanks for all your assistance and notifications with those darn INRs, especially these past couple years.

Mom, you came from humble beginnings,
elevated your state in life through hard work,
shared your strength, knowledge, compassion
and criticism with us and many others
whether deservedly or not. You persevered through tough times and showed us how much stronger we can become. You taught us well; you led by example. Work hard and take pride in your work; share; help out and to have and show compassion for others as we know not what they are dealing with.

A life well lived; we, your children,
love you and shall miss you!

Cremation has taken place. A private family interment shall occur at a later date due to COVID-19 and flight safety.
Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Rest in Peace, Mother and Baba
Vichnaya Pamyat

Publish Date: Jul 11, 2020

September 2, 1929 – July 2, 2020

Peacefully, Mary Skye passed away on July 2, 2020, with her daughter Lynda by her side at the Holy Family Home.
Cremation will take place with a private interment at a later date.
Longer obituary to follow.
Family photos will be available at

Publish Date: Jul 4, 2020

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 04, 2020, Jul 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Linda, my deepest condolences. I just learned of Mary's death. I worked with her in the 1980s and what a lovely lady and friend. Gary - GJK Blitz b g - Posted by: Gary Komar (Friend) on: Jul 14, 2020

  • What an absolutely delightful patient was Mary. Never did I ever see her without a great big smile on her face. I am so sorry Lynda for your loss. You were so lucky to have such a wonderful mother and friend. I know her passing is a big loss you and you are in my thoughts. - Posted by: Dr. Judy Komosky (former family doctor and family friend) on: Jul 08, 2020

  • You will be missed, condolences and a heavy heart, saying goodbye as you go to heaven to meet up with my Mom. - Posted by: Marjorie Beirnes (relation and friend) on: Jul 06, 2020

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