Our gracious, kind and loving Mary passed away peacefully in Lamont Hospital with family by her side. She was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, an aunt, a grandmother and a great grandmother. Her family was central to her life and she never forgot a birthday or anniversary. A gracious host, there was always room for one more and no one ever left her table hungry. A hard worker, she made sure to find time in the day for gardening and reading and keeping her cookie jar full of her famous chocolate chip cookies. Family and friends will remember her each time they are warmed by a quilt and afghan made by her hands. In her senior years she enjoyed helping at the Chipman Golden Seniors Club and was involved in her church.
Mary was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to a farm near Wadena, Saskatchewan at the age of 4. As a young woman she worked at the Wadena hospital as an X-Ray technician. Here she met and later married Loran Nygren, her husband of 50 years. Together with their four boys they moved from Saskatchewan to BC where they owned and operated the Canyon Creek Store at Nicholson for many years. During these years Loran and Mary kept close contact with family back in Saskatchewan. After Loran’s passing she moved to Chipman in 2002, where she resided until her death.
Mary was pre deceased by her loving husband, Loran Nygren, her parents, Nickolas and Katharine Kowalyk, her sister Anne Kowalyk Kanigan and her brother Luke Kowalyk.
She is lovingly remembered by her sons Arden (Irma) of Victoria, Ronald (Toni) of Chipman, Carl Bradley (Enola) of Innisfail and Edward of Vancouver. She had nine grandchildren, Amanda, Adam, Matthew, Terah, Kjell, Nova, Ryan, Nick and Luke and two great grandchildren, Kay-Lee and Addison. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Benita Josephson and brothers in law, Royce Nygren, Don Nygren, Dennis Nygren, and Nick Kanigan, father of her two special nieces, Carol and Kathy along with numerous other nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta at a later date.