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ABBOTT, Brenda Joyce

June 26, 1954 – February 5, 2013

Brenda Joyce Abbott passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the age of 58 years.

Brenda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lacie Marion and Brandan; grandchildren Isa and Payton; mother Antoinette Cebryk; brothers Ken (Julia) and Les (Debbie); niece Stephanie Cebryk; and nephew Ryan Cebryk. She was predeceased by her loving husband Wayne.

No service will be held. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112,

In living memory of Brenda Abbott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Cheyne Parkinson :

    Lacie, thinking of you and your family.

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  2. Mrs. Cebryk, Lacie, Isa, Payton and Family,

    About 14 years ago, I started teaching at St. Bonaventure where BJ was a Special Education Aide. Over the years I got to know her quite well.

    As an aide, she was topnotch and would do anything for students in her care and I think honestly loved working with Special Needs children. I loved having her in my classes as her no-nonsense take on everything helped keep order amoungst even the most trying classes. She definitely kept the boys on their toes! When she and Wayne took in Korean students, I think she took great delight in helping assist them learn English and, in turn, learning how to cook some Korean dishes.

    I think I got to know BJ quite well over the years. Hanging out with her in the back room of the Queensland place she and Wayne lived in, watching her do hair, having a smoke,… getting to know them both was a pleasure. I loved being her “Typist” when she was completing her Education Assistant courses for the U of C and helping her tag all the clothes for Labels in Whitecourt as well as making a couple of treks up there to help set up the shop. She was a fierce business woman and watching her work was like watching a spider build a web – intricate and the attention to detail was immaculate.

    As a friend, I think this is where she truly shone. If you were privilvedged enough to get to know her, BJ was steadfast and true and would have walked through fire for you. Her smiles were rare, but when she did, you knew you were golden in her books. I felt honoured when she asked Me to make her wedding cake when she and Wayne got married. It was a very special day and you would be hard pressed to find two happier people in the world. Their love was strong and true and they were definitely a good match.

    As a Mother and Grandmother, I know she loved you all so very much and even when your relationships were rocky, you could still see her beam when she talked about you. She was proud of you all.

    Shortly before Wayne died, BJ transferred schools to work at Our Lady of Lourdes and, as time and distance does to people sometimes, we lost contact. I was sad when I heard of his death and that her health issues had caught up with her at that point. But now, I’m very happy that she is standing next to Wayne and that they are together again and doing well. She and I always joked that our halos were a little crooked and very tarnished and that we were both going to hell, but I think she had some of the best and brightest angels wings out there.

    RIP my friend. I will miss you.


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  3. To B. J’s Family

    I met B. J. when she came to work at St. Bonaventure Junior High School as a Special Ed. Assistant. She was a fantastic worker and loved the children. She had a heart of gold. She will be missed. I know her heart was broken when Wayne passed away. They were a great couple. I know that they are together again and very happy. God bless each and everyone of you… Marlene

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  4. Shelleyanne Dixon :

    May I begin by saying sorry for your loss and I was sad to hear of BJ’s death today. BJ and I worked together at Our Lady of Lourdes,and had shared many hours chatting together about families,life and loss. I know the loss of Wayne broke her heart and attributed to her health issues.I pray that she is finally at peace.She will make one heck of an angel with a crooked halo.
    God bless you all. SA

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  5. BJ was such a special friend to me for many, many years. We shared lots of laughs and I will miss her smile always. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers.
    Roberta Reid

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