January 15, 1953 – July 26, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, and sister. Lilly passed away at the Southwood Hospice with family members and Father Mark Bayrock by her side after a brief yet courageous battle with cancer.
Lilly is survived by her loving husband Jim; her sons, Paul, Ken, and Justin; and her brothers and sisters, Roman, Bill, Olga, Jean, and Walter. Lilly was predeceased by her mother Annie and her father Paul. Lilly was also predeceased by her nephew Ron and grandnephew Owen.
Lilly was born in Rackham, MB where her parents operated the general store. The Prokopchuk’s moved to Winnipeg in 1960, taking up residence in the community of Transcona where they owned and operated a local restaurant. Lilly attended Transcona Collegiate Institute where she graduated with Honours in October 1970. Lilly joined the federal government occupying roles in the Grain Commission, Transport Canada, and eventually External Affairs. Lilly was an active member of St Michaels Ukrainian Catholic Church in Transcona by being a member of the choir and attending retreats. Lilly maintained close contact with her church and even traveled back to Winnipeg with Jim to be married at St Michaels. While living in Winnipeg, Lilly had many extracurricular activities in support of her heritage and the community like volunteering with Folkarama, being a big sister, and performing as part of Koshetz Choir, touring the Ukraine in 1976. Lilly also performed as part of the choir for the play “Kozaks in Exile” in 1977 for the Ukrainian Theatre. Lilly and Jim met in Ottawa and married a year later. They lived in Toronto, London, Ottawa, and Calgary. Together Lilly and Jim had three wonderful sons, Paul, Ken, and Justin. Lilly devoted her life to raising her boys. Lilly made sure that every religious holiday, birthday, and special occasion was recognized and celebrated. While in Calgary Lilly re-entered the workforce in 1992 at National Defence and eventually acquired a role with the National Energy Board where she spent the next 20 years of her working life. Lilly maintained a close relationship with God while attending St Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church. Every Christmas Eve was celebrated in Ukrainian tradition and then the Christmas day dinner as a family for thirty years running. Lilly had many interests including baking, cooking, and entertaining. She loved being outside in her garden and would spend hours outside planting and watering. Most of all, Lilly loved to meet people and as such Lilly touched many lives along the way. Where ever Lilly went she made friends including Church, work, in the neighbourhood, and lastly in the care facilities where she was a patient.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church (4903 – 45th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church (4903 – 45th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a memorial service held in Winnipeg after which Lilly’s ashes will be interred at the Transcona Cemetery; the date to be announced. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank the staff of the Southwood Hospice and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre unit 46 for the loving care, kindness, and support throughout the last six months; may God bless them all.
In living memory of Lilly Armstrong, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences