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Date of Passing: Jul 11, 2003

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MARY ROSALIA PROKOPOWICH On July 11, 2003, at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Mary Prokopowich passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at age 87. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children, Margaret Boyd of Toronto, Pat (Mel) Armstrong of Winnipeg, and Peter (Donna) Prokopowich of Sifton; six grandchildren; one brother Ernie (Helen) Urbanovitch; and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her husband Mike in November 1994; her parents; sister; six brothers; and son-in-law William Boyd. Prayers were offered July 10, at Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Chapel. Funeral service was held at Dauphin Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection on July 11. Members of the Dauphin Retired Teachers Association formed an honor guard. Pallbearers were grandchildren, Michael Boyd, James Boyd, Stefan Armstrong, Brent Prokopowich, Erin Prokopowich, and nephew Greg Proke. Mary was a teacher for 27 years, ending her distinguished career as a school principal. Following retirement, she began writing for the Dauphin Herald and published two books. She also authored several unpublished works. Mary and her husband Mike farmed for 40 years, retiring to Dauphin in 1979. Mary served on the boards of Dauphin General Hospital, Manitoba Liquor Commission, and Credit Union League of Manitoba. She was first chairperson of the Parkland Regional Library Board. Mary was instrumental in the 4H movement as a club leader and judge of public speaking competitions. An honorary member of Canadas National Ukrainian Festival, she officiated as mistress of opening ceremonies for several years. Mary was a charter member of Dauphin Toastmistress Club and Sifton Credit Union. She participated actively in her church, St. Pauls Auxillary, Dauphin Retired Teachers Association and the festival of the performing arts. In 1998, Mary was awarded the Y.W.C.A. Women of Distinction award and the Heritage Publication award. Mary treasured her family, many friends and loved visiting over a cup of tea. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 26, 2003

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