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ARMSTRONG, Lilly Rose (nee Prokopchuk)

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.

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  1. Hanya Zacharko :

    My sincere condolences to you Jim, Ken, Paul and Justin in the loss of your wife/mother. I just found out a couple of hours ago as I am here in Las Vegas for a convention. I have so many great memories with you all and Lilly and know that she is looking over us as I type this message. May all your memories, keep Lilly’s memory alive…I have many of them and am truly honored that she touched my life.

    All my love

    Hanya Zacharko

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  2. Lelaina McCulloch & Nadine McCulloch :

    Our deepest sympathy & most heartfelt prayers are with all of you. Lilly was an amazing woman who touched & inspired all who knew her. Lilly will be missed & loved forever, it is a privilege to have known her. May God bless & comfort you.

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  3. Glen and Kelly Henkewich :

    Dear Jim, Paul, Ken and Justin.
    Our condolences to all of you on the passing of your wife and mother Lilly.

    We were glad to have visited with Lilly and all of you last summer at the Slashinsky Family reunion and had a great time.

    May Lilly rest in peace and may all your memories be kept close to your heart forever.

    Sincerely Glen and Kelly Henkewich

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  4. Suzy Zadravec :

    Dear Jim, Paul Ken, Justin and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will always remember Lilly’s beautiful smile and her infectious laughter which always brightened my day. She was a very special person and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

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  5. Russell & Julie Kossack :

    We are so sorry to hear of Lilly’s passing, but are grateful that we were able to visit with Lilly and Jim in June. Our deepest sympathy to Jim, Paul, Ken and Justin. You will always have great memories to share.

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  6. Vernon and Heather Purcell :

    Jim: our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

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  7. Dear Jim, Paul, Ken, Justin and family. I heard of Lilly’s passing from a former colleague and was deeply saddened at the news of your loss. I will always remember Lilly’s constant smile and her laughter (as others have mentioned). I knew Lilly for about 20 years and was so sorry to hear she was ill. I hope time will heal your hurt and you will be able to remember the good times with Lilly with fondness.

    A former colleague,

    Jan Dane

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  8. Jim, Paul, Ken and Justin.
    I am so sad for your loss. Lilly touched so many people. She was always ready for a hug or to give a word of sage advice when asked. She will be so missed by so many people. Please know that my heart and prayers are with you.

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  9. Susan Criddle :

    Dear Jim, Paul, Ken and Justin
    I am so sorry for your loss. Lilly was one of the kindest people I have known. I have been blessed to have had her in my life. I will miss the twinkle in her eye, her smile and of course her infectious laughter. I will miss her very much. Her memory will be kept alive by the love you have shared with her and I am sure she will continue to watch over all of you in her quiet, loving way. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  10. Zosimo Berdin :

    We are so sorry to hear the news about your beloved wife. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Zos/Hazel

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  11. Frances Todd :

    Dear Jim and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.

    Lilly was a great friend, co-worker, confidant and mentor to many of us. Her smile could light up a room and her laughter filled the room like music. Her concern for others was honest to the core, nothing artificial.

    Lilly was a genuine, warm hearted person, she had many friends and I am honoured and humbled to be among them.

    She will live on in my thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Deborah Thompson :

    Dear Jim, Paul, Ken and Justin.

    My deepest sympathies on your loss. Lilly was such a lovely person. Always smiling, always helpful, always kind. She was a good friend to all who knew her.

    She will be greatly missed.

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  13. Peter Swoboda :

    It is with great sadness that we receive this news.
    Jim our toughts are with you and your Family. We wish to express our condlences to you all.

    Peter and Cheryl Swoboda

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  14. Vera (Charenko) Mandryk :

    My condolences to the family, Lilly will be missed by all. Lilly and I, along with Anne (Kowalyk) Gusztak. travelled to Ukraine together with Koshetz Choir, went to Barbados, Dauphin Ukrainian Festival and sang in Church for a wedding. We had fun, teenage times together. She was a great person with a good spirit.
    Vichnaya Pamiat! Memory Eternal.
    Vera (Charenko) Mandryk

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  15. Pat Henderson :

    Jim, Paul, Ken & Justin. My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this most difficult time. Lilly was one of the kindest, generous and most thoughtful people I have ever met. She was always fun to talk to, could always keep a confidence, and had the most beautfiul smile. her laughter made everyone around her smile. She will be truly missed. May the memories you made together over the years help you through this time.

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  16. Patti Rogers :

    Jim, so sorry to hear of your sad and painful loss. You are your family are in my thoughs and prayers.

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  17. Jessica Fung :

    My deepest sympathies and prayers are wity you for the loss of Lilly. Rest in peace Lilly, you are remembered and I will carry you in my heart

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  18. Jag Sabhaney :

    Dear Jim and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    May it bring you comfort to know that your sorrow is shared.
    With Sympathy.
    Jag and Kusum Sabhaney

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  19. Michelle Martin :

    Jim, my prayers are with you and your family as you face this terrible loss. Deepest sympathies, Michelle.

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  20. Bruce Chrumka :

    Dear Jim,

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family and friends. Take care and be well.

    Bruce and Carlene Chrumka

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  21. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Lilly is such a beautiful person. Her kindness and generosity really touched my heart, influenced my life.

    Thanks for her friendship, I miss her already…

    Your friend,
    Ming Li

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  22. Wang Lee Lau :

    Jim, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Wang Lee & Herbert

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  23. Patrick Sprague :

    I worked with Lily and she was was on the sweetest and most helpful people I have worked with. My sincere sympathy is with the family during this time of loss.

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  24. Claudette Roy Mardinger :

    My deepest sympaties and prayers to Lilly’s family and friends. She was a wonderful woman and it was a priviledge to have known her. She will continue to be loved and greatly missed. She will live on in my heart.

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  25. Brenda Saretzky :

    Jim and sons,
    Our sincere condolences on Lilly’s passing. I spent many an hour laughing with Lilly – she had a wonderful sense of humor. I considered myself lucky to be part of her ‘coffee group’ when we worked together at the NEB. Please know you are all in our thoughts.
    Brenda & Don Saretzky

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  26. Jim,
    My deepest sympathies and condolences. I pray for the repose of her soul.
    Vic

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  27. Ingrid Ektvedt :

    Dear Jim and family.

    When I think of Lilly the first thing I see in my mind are twinkling eyes and a lovely smile. Among other things, I will miss her caring thoughtfulness, her attention to detail, her generous heart, and the most wonderfully jolly laughter that inspired all who heard it to laugh along with her.

    All of us at the NEB are very lucky to have had the privilege of working with Lilly (in her many different Teams at the Board over the years). I shall treasure fond memories of our curling outing at the Winter Club with the FUN Committee last year.

    May you walk in love and light Lilly. Peace be with you.

    Ingrid

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  28. Wanda Wiebe :

    Lily was one of the first persons I met at the NEB, as she kindly helped me with my travel claim for my interview. Then I was able to work doors away from her the past 3 yrs and appreciated her cheer and helpfulness.

    I am glad to read of her faith. I and my family have been praying for you all these past months that you would know God’s presence, strength and comfort. May He continue to be with you in the many months ahead as well.

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  29. Tannis Schwarz :

    Dear Jim,

    May the peace that comes from the memories you have comfort you in the days and months ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Tannis

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  30. Tianne Mellor :

    My deepest condolences to both families on this very sad news. You are all in my prayers.

    Tianne

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  31. Debbie Kuchinski :

    I remember first meeting Lilly 15 years ago when I worked at the NEB and being so taken with her unique friendly manner. Then seeing her again years later, she was still that same wonderful, happy Lilly. She brightened our workplace and she will be very missed.

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  32. Pat and Steve Walker :

    Dear Jim and Sons,
    We would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to you at your loss. Lilly was a wonderful person that brought sunshine where ever she went. Our prayers are with with you.
    Pat and Steve

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  33. Valynne O'Donovan :

    Jim and Family, I am deeply saddened to hear this news. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you and your family.
    Valynne

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  34. Norma Edwards :

    Dear Jim and Family,

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dear Lilly. I pray the sorrow of your loss will soon be eased by the memories of her wonderful smile.

    Norma Edwards

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  35. Merlin Ashby and family :

    Our prayers go out to Ken and your family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss and wish for peace and comfort at this sad time.God bless.

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  36. Dear Jim and Family,

    Please accept my sincere condolances for your dear Lilly. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Lilly was a very special and dear colleague who was very well liked and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

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  37. Jean Davidson :

    Jim, my heart goes out to you and the boys. Lilly was a warm loving person, and to have known her was an honour.
    Jean Davidson

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  38. Jeremy Armstrong :

    When I heard that my Aunt passed on, I was devastated, I wanted to ball my eyes out, I’ve only seen her maybe three or four times in my life. The last time I saw her was August twenty fourth two thousand and ten, and I never thought she’d die, so soon.
    Rest in Peacer Aunt Lilly

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  39. Stacey Narrowmore :

    I’m very sad to hear of Lilly’s passing. She brought a wonderful positivity everyday to the NEB that was contagious. I’m very happy and honoured to have known such a great lady.

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  40. Jim, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts are with you & your boys. I wish there were something that I could say or do to ease your pain… Lilly was such a lovely person and will be dearly missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  41. Dean Boyarski :

    Jim – My deepest condolences to you and your boys.

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  42. Jim – Very sorry to hear of Lilly’s passing. My thoughts are with you and the boys – celebrate her achievements and cherish the good times.

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  43. Dallis Winterburn-Hafichuk :

    Although I have never met Lilly’s immediate family, I know that her niece, Sandy, loved her very much. Sandy, I am so sorry for your loss…may you be comforted by precious memories of your Aunt. God Bless

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  44. Roland Priddle :

    Dear Armstrong and Propokchuk families: I was a colleague of Lilly at the NEB in the mid-1990s and was deeply sorry to learn of her passing. I remember her for her wonderful outgoing personality. And also for her fine contribution to the organization. May God grant all of you His peace and comfort in your very sad bereavement. Sincerely. Roland Priddle

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  45. Jim & family,
    I had only known Lilly for such a short time but in that short time I had become very fond of her as she was such a lovely, caring & vivacious friend.
    Since moving back to the East Coast in 2009, I have missed her hearty laugh and bubbly personality, but for certain, I will treasure those memories for the rest of my life.
    I wish all of you the strength to get through this very sad time and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Diane Cote

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  46. Richard Lannon :

    It is with great sadness I received this news. One can only imagine the family’s sense of personal loss. I have known Jim for years, personally and professional. We have spent many a time sharing family stories about our kids and spouses. These stories were filled with pride and our future dreams and wishes for their success. We would discuss how life has a way of presenting the good, the bad and the unexpected. My wish for you and your family is only good with unexpected happiness as you grieve your loss. My thoughts always are with you.

    Your Friend and Colleague, Richard.

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