Mary Malayko

Passed Away March 26, 2021
March 28, 2021 16 Condolences Print Obituary

“Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

Mark Twain ^

Mary Malayko (Mary Elizabeth Kwasnycia) was born May 4, 1932 in Spedden, Alberta, she peacefully passed away March 26, 2021. She was predeceased by her husband, Kornel in 1975 and by her long-time partner John Kusick in 2019. She is survived by her children Connie, Darrell (Kim), Dale (Darlene) and Cathy (Paul) as well as eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mary worked at the Credit Bureau and at the Bank of Nova Scotia where she progressed to become a Loans Officer. As a single Mom Mary was very good at balancing the books and providing for her family. Mary was kind, had a willingness to always lend a hand, and she loved her family unconditionally. Mary always told her children “I love you all equally”.

Mary loved gathering with her family for Sunday dinners while in Edmonton and coming together on special occasions at the farm for dinners, wiener roasts, and epic hayrides. Mary was a social butterfly and enjoyed making new acquaintances, and new friends wherever she went. Mary loved to get dressed up and go dancing, travel the World and volunteered at the Greenhouse and for Elections into her 80’s. Mary enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and cooking fabulous Ukrainian meals.

We will miss her sharp sense of humour and her deeply caring manner.

Most recently Mary resided at Miller Crossing Continuing Care Centre on 50th Street. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of Miller Crossing for their compassionate care. As well, we extend our heartfelt thanks to her caregivers at Two Hills Hospital.

An immediate family only Funeral Service will be held in celebration of Mary’s life at Trinity Funeral Home on Tuesday March 30th at 1:00 PM. The Service will be livestreamed at ( https://youtu.be/pRv1c8p6rEc ). Following the service, Mary will be interned at St. Michael’s Cemetery 13819 82 St NW.

  1. Very sorry for your loss of your Mother and Grandmother. Very nice obituary written up about Mary. From what we heard of Mary she worked hard and enjoyed herself , happy with what she had.

  2. Sincere condolences from our family to yours. I am pleased to say that got to know Auntie Mary very well over the years. I always looked forward to summers when Auntie Mary & Uncle Con would take this farm boy into the city for a vacation. I can recall the great meals and wonderful sense of humor that I learned as a lesson to assist with life’s hurdles. Auntie Mary gave us our first mortgage almost 50 years ago. I always enjoyed long chats with Auntie over the phone that always ended with her expressing love to the family. I would take Mom & Dad on an annual trek to the greenhouse for flowers, Auntie always greeted us with warmth and kindness. Auntie you are one of the last of a generation, God bless and say hi to Mom & Dad.

  3. Connie,
    Jan and I are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We send you and your family our deepest condolences. There are no words we can say that will ease your pain except to say that both of us have lost beloved mothers and we understand your grief. Be gentle with yourself.

  4. Randy & I send our condolences to all of the Malayko family. I have many fond memories of Mary and loved that she always called me her other daughter. Rest In Peace my friend.

  5. Mary and I became very close friends over at Miller Crossing over this past year. I enjoyed her sweet smile, jokes and her love for her family and friends. I send my thoughts and prayers with her family and may she Rest In Peace. ❤️ She will be missed greatly.

  6. I had only had the pleasure of getting to know Mary for the past 6 months, but the impression she left with me will last a life time.

    Rest in peace my dear friend.

  7. Les and I want to send our sincere condolences to the whole Malayko Family. Have very fond memories of your Mom and all of you. Mary was such a lovely lady with a beautiful smile! Time heals but is not easy. Hopefully the love and support of your family and friends will help heal you all. God bless you all and may Mary Rest In Peace.

  8. I am very sorry to hear about Auntie Mary’s passing. I have fond memories of the many sleepovers that included tons of great food, music (Tijuana Brass) and laughter. She was such a giving person that always had a smile on her face. I am sending my thoughts to you all during this time
    With Love
    Edwin Malayko & Angie

  9. We can’t know why the lily has so brief a time to bloom in the warmth of sunlight’s kiss upon its face before it folds into its fragrance and bids the world good-night to rest its beauty in a gentler place. The comfort of having you as a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one such as you.
    Love Cheryl

    • Dear Family

      The Holynski/Leliuk/Kolisniak Families would like to extend our sympathies to your Family! MaryK is what we called her, she lived a few miles down the country road in Hairy Hill just North if our home place becoming best friends with our Mother and our Family. She would call Mom daily and if we were there she’d always talk to us too and before we’d hang up she’d say “I’ll let you be and I Love you”. She always talked about her family, not just one person but everyone with so much love. I’m sorry we we’re not able to be together but know we are the gong of you all. MaryK will be remembered with total admiration and love. Rest In Peace Dear Mary❤️🙏

  10. I am deeply saddened and still not quite ready to say goodbye. Baba was such a beautiful, kind soul. She loved us all very much – and I know that we all loved her very very much. I would give anything to hear her just one more time say “Helloooo sweeeetheart”. Please know that you are loved so very much Baba and we know that you are watching over us now. Love Gabrielle, Garrett and Ari ❤️

  11. Thinking of your family at this time. May your memories comfort you at this very difficult time.

  12. Baba Mary was a joy to be around always sharing jokes, love for flowers/plants, stories, and enjoying all the little things (especially her exercises). Sending my thoughts and prayer to her family, may she rest in peace. Вічная Пам’ять.

  13. With deepest condolences on the loss of aunty Mary ,, I have many fond memories of my childhood, I remember going over for a Sunday pork roast ,, and I can still smell the pinesol floors ,, and buttons running across them !,,,thank you for those memories ,,, ❤️

  14. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom, my Auntie and my god mother. She will be deeply missed but forever in my heart. Fond memories are forever.
    Barry and Sharon

  15. Cheryl and I send our deepest condolences to Darrell and Kim, Dale and Darlene and Cathy and Paul on the passing of the Malayko sibling’s mother. Cheryl has worked with Kim and I remember well Darrell, Dale and Cathy from your junior high years. Your mom would be very proud of all her children and we’re sure you loved her dearly. Our sincerest sympathies.

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