Mar 25, 1934 - Dec 14, 2019
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Rocky Church of the Nazarene
Mary Conkey passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 14, 2019 at the Good Samaritans Clearwater Centre, Rocky Mountain House.
Mary was born on March 25, 1934 to Katherine and Mike Jukich in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. She was raised and attended school in the Everdell area while helping take care of the family farm with her siblings Phillip and Ellen. At the age of 20 Mary married Harland Conkey on May 22, 1954 at the Presbyterian Church in Rocky. They were the first couple to hold their wedding reception at the Mountview Hotel and received a free wedding picture as a present. They soon had a daughter Debbie and later son Ken joined the family. They built a house and lived on the home quarter in the Dovercourt area, then moved the house to the SE quarter with the famous silver barn at the intersection of Hwy 22 and the Prairie Creek Road. Mary and Harland enjoyed many years of raising children, taking family trips, having picnics, fishing, community dances and visiting friends together. They raised cattle, pigs, chickens plus some milk cows while they farmed, worked and gardened together. After Harland passed away in May of 1986 Mary expanded her beautiful flowerbeds, continuing to garden and raising cattle all while spending lots of time with family and friends. Mary was well known for baking the best buns in the country, delicious cheesecakes, birthday cakes and much more. She also made the best dill pickles and pickled carrots around!
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children: Debbie (Sandy) MacGillivray and Ken Conkey; grandchildren: Melanie (Len) Klein and Tanya (Erick) OpdenDries; great grandchildren: Brooke (Durrell) Bownes, Kristen (Josh) Murphy, Cassidy Klein, Matthew OpdenDries and Alexa Klein; great great grandchildren: Victoria Bownes, Ryan Murphy and Natalie Bownes; sister Ellen Jaycock and sister-in-law Joan Jukich; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Harland, brother Phillip and great great granddaughter Sarah.
A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held from the Rocky Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00PM. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Good Samaritan Society or the Lewy Body Dementia.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626
Grace and Frank Sheasby :
Thinking of you !
Jan Hamilton Brodersen:
I am sorry to hear your Mother passed away Kenny. May your memories keep her close.
Thank God for memories, of which I have so very many. I loved her dearly. How much fun we all used to have together, especially our parents. Our lives are blessed when we have people such as your Mom & Dad in them.
Lori Park Barton:
Debbie and Ken, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I don’t think I ever remember her without a smile. My Mom and Dad had so much fun with both your parents and I have so many fond memories of them laughing and telling stories. Your Mom was so kind and thoughtful and she will be missed by so many people. I send my condolences to both of you and your families.
Doug and Linda Bancroft:
Our most sincere sympathy to all the family.
Mary was a wonderful lady and a good Neighbor.
I remember her being at every shower in the community and lots of events at the hall. It didn’t matter where you saw her she was always neat as a pin and looked like she just walked out of the beauty salon.
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Sincere condolences to the family of this amazing lady. I will always remember her as a good friend to my parents. She always brought a huge bunch of buns to our family camp outs! Such generosity and thoughtfulness! She had s great sense of humour and a sweet laugh.
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