Maya Indira Eva Charlery-Vidmar
Maya Indira Eva Charlery-Vidmar was born on a scorching hot summer’s day in Vancouver, BC, on July 21st, 1997. Tragically, she passed away peacefully on April 19th, 2023, at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. She is survived by her adoring parents, Claudine Charlery and John Vidmar, her cherished sister, Jade Charlery-Vidmar, her grandparents Paul and Eliane Charlery, and Henry Vidmar, her loving aunts and uncles Nadia and Jean-Paul Charlery, Leah and Nicolas Priftas, and her cousins Soane Rioual, Rita Sidhom, and Marc Sidhom, along with her extended family. Preceding Maya in death are her grandmother Evangeline Vidmar and Aunt Eva Sidhom.
Maya was a beautiful, incredible, and strong young woman who touched the lives of all who knew her. During her early years, between Vancouver and Montpellier, France, Maya grew into a happy and active child, surrounded by love from both sides of her family. At the age of three, she was diagnosed with autism, and despite this challenge, Maya's kind spirit and loving personality shone through. She taught her family and friends to be stronger, more compassionate, creative, and loving.
Maya had a passion for music, inherited from both sides of her family, and loved to dance. She was also an avid traveler, visiting Montpellier (France), Spain, Italy, Martinique, Florida, Nevada, and Cuba with her parents. The family eventually settled in Edmonton, where they could access the best services for Autism. Maya attended a regular school until she was 17, in an adapted program, and she also spent three years in at the Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. Though these were trying times for Maya and her loved ones, they always surrounded her with love and support.
In her last four years of life, Maya had a sweet place of her own, near her parents, and was cared for by devoted and dedicated women. She loved to listen to music, dance to it, take walks in the ravine, and be near water on hot summer days.
Maya left us far too soon, but her family and friends will always remember the incredible person she was throughout all stages of her life. In honor of Maya and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sinneave Family Foundation, dedicated to supporting adults with autism (https://sinneavefoundation.org/about-us-sinneave/donate/).
No public memorial service will be held, but Maya's memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.