Florence Inez MacKay


It is with loving memories that the family of Florence MacKay announces her passing on March 23, 2014 at the age of 98 years. Florence passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She will be dearly missed by her daughters: Joanne Whitlock and Gerri (Jim) Seutter; grandchildren: Drew (DeAnne) Whitlock, Scott Whitlock, JoDawn (Matthew) Whitlock-Karnowski; Kathryn (Rob), Lennon, Heather (Landon) Paquet, Tim (Sonya) Seutter; great-grandchildren: Brayden Whitlock, Zachery Joseph Karnowski, Addy, London, Amoryn, and Wyatt Lennon, Jacob and Julianne Paquet, Laurel, Violet and Owen Seutter; sister Doris Helikson and extended family and friends.

Florence is predeceased by her husband Joseph MacKay; sisters: Hannadell, Lois, Lila; her parents Hazel and Lyle Cameron and son-in-law Donald Whitlock.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Serenity Funeral Service, 5311-91 Street, Edmonton.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Sherwood Park Alliance Church, 1011 Cloverbar Road, Sherwood Park, AB.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Sherwood Park Care Centre for their warm, loving care.

Donations in memory of Florence may be directed to Sherwood Park Care Centre, 2020 Brentwood Blvd, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 0X1.

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maridel green

Dear Joanne, Gerri, and families,
This past week has been a time when many family members, friends, and acquaintances of your mom have shared memories of a life well lived.
Your families have said good-bye to a wonderful, Godly, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law, and aunt. Florence was a Godly women who treasured each member of her family, and guided them with her loving advice, prayers, and interest.
She was always ready to share their pictures, experiences, and was proud of any accomplishment. You all have been blessed with a rich Godly heritage.
As you celebrate her life tomorrow, there is also a celebration in heaven as she is welcomed into the arms of Jesus, whom she loved.
In the early 70’s I arrived, from New Brunswick, and while there, took my degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been so overwhelmed by the kindnesses of the people at First Church, who so willingly made me feel welcome in their homes. Florence and Joe invited me to live in the apartment upstairs in their home. I cherish the memories of that time in my life- the encouragement from my “mother away from home”, a “mother of Zion”, those tea times after a long day of classes and studying. Yes, every night I would make my way down to have tea before bedtime.
She so enjoyed doing her part in the Ladies activities at the church, especially in the area of missions. She faithfully attended church with Joe, and was an encourager to so many.
I also remember her creative spirit. She enjoyed her crafts, and adding extra special touches to any social function. Her needlepoint and decoupage projects were special. I still have a couple things she made for me.
For a bit of humor, we used to take our laundry down the street, and Joe would drive us. We weren’t there long, before he got restless, know that Wrestling was on TV and he would miss it.
Joanne and Gerri, I can’t thank you enough for you allowing your mom to share her life with me. She treated me just like a daughter.
When I was discouraged, and wanted to quit university, she said, “you can do it, stick with it, and when you graduated I will have a celebration”, which she did. My parents couldn’t come, so your mom and dad filled in. It was such a special day. This week I looked at all the pictures of that day, and had many fond memories.
Over the years, since then, we have kept in touch. I visited her in 1995 around her 80th birthday, and she and I shared many family memories, and pictures.
Your mom’s life will continue to live on in the lives of those she has touch in her long life of almost 99 years. Treasure your heritage and the memories she has left behind.
I so wish I could be there with you; but you are all being thought of during these days, and I will be thinking of you during the service tomorrow.

Hugs and Love to you all,

Maridel Green
34 Christina Court
Saint John, N.B
E2J 4L3

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