Mary Waywitka

Mary Waywitka

It is with our deepest regret that we announce the passing of our Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, Mary Waywitka.

On Thursday, August 30, 2012, after a long battle with Lymphoma, the long-time resident of Terrace passed away peacefully at the age of 83 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, with her Daughter Shirley, Granddaughter Kimberly, and Sister Evelyn, by her side.

Mary was born in Veregin, Saskatchewan to parents William and Annie (Prokopchuk) Bodnaryk. Mary and her husband, John Waywitka, moved to B.C. from Swan River, Manitoba in 1964 with their four children, David, Shirley, Betty and Christine. The family eventually settled in Terrace in 1968, and Mary would soon become the manager at Sunnyhill Trailer Court where she proudly presided over the annual Beautiful Grounds Contest.

After John’s passing in 1981 Mary worked at the Hobby Hut Ceramic Shop and then at Rose’s Ladies Wear, but Mary will be best remembered meeting and greeting friends and customers at Ridgway Feeds with her loving companion and best friend of more than 25 years, Wayne Ridgway.

Mary is survived by her loving daughters, Shirley (Dale) Porter, Betty Pohl (Vaughn Lewis), Christine (Jay) Redmond; daughter-in-law Erika Waywitka; Grandchildren, Kenneth (Kathy) Porter, Kimberly Porter (Dave Kelly), Jason (Jen) Waywitka, and Justin Waywitka; Great-Grandchildren, Joel, Kai, Haillie and Case; and her many brothers and sisters.

Mary was predeceased by her husband John in 1981 and her Son David in 1996.

At her request there will be no formal service. A gathering of friends and family and customers will take place at Wayne’s on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 between 3 pm and 7 pm.

Mom you will be forever loved and missed. May God keep you forever in His arms.

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