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SHEMKO, Olive Dorothea (nee Sutherland)

May 28, 1913 – Fern Glen, ON
July 17, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Olive Shemko, 101 died at the Beverly Glenmore Centre on July 17, 2014. Olive, known as ‘forever young’ is survived by her daughter Marlene Meyers and her husband Eugene of Scottsdale AZ; grandchildren Lori Forand and her husband Lorne of Calgary, Lisa Gibbins and her husband James of Stony Plain, AB, Dean Meyers and his fiancé Jen Somerville of Calgary, AB; and seven great grandchildren Landry and Lindi Forand; Jordan, Kalam, Channing and Briggs Gibbins; and Hazel Meyers. She has one surviving sister (of a family of eight siblings), Johanna Eaton of Tisdale, SK.

Olive was born in Fern Glen, ON in 1913. In 1918, she traveled by train with her family to Kindersley, SK. and later by wagon to the Tisdale – Eldersley Area of SK., where her family homesteaded and farmed. She married Russell Shemko in 1937 and settled in Saskatoon, SK.

Post WWII Olive and Russell founded Midtown Farm Equipment which became Saskatchewan’s largest short line farm equipment firm. They sold it to a group of Alberta investors in the late sixties and the company became part of Foremost Industries. Olive was an active member of Eastern Star and Lions Ladies.

Olive was forthright, steadfastly independent and passionate about fashion, travel, gardening and further education. She was caretaker to husband Russell during the last eight years of his life (deceased 1997) and then moved from Saskatoon to The Renoir Seniors Apartments in Calgary, AB where she enjoyed special friendships until August 2010. After falling and breaking her second hip, she later became a resident of the Beverly Glenmore Nursing Home.

The family is especially appreciative to granddaughter Lori Forand and her husband Lorne for their ongoing involvement in Olive’s care.

Thank you to the caregivers of Comfort Keepers, Glenmore Carewest Rehabilitation Hospital, Brentwood Care Centre and Beverly Glenmore Centre. A private family memorial will be held on July 28, 2014.

In living memory of Olive Shemko, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Juli Barton :

    While I mourn your loss, I also rejoice the presence of this lovely woman in the lives of your family for so many years. Thank you sharing Olive’s life story.

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  2. Susie Harris :

    Dear Marlene and Family,

    My Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your Mother. What a remarkable woman and to have her so long to pass on the family history is something to be very grateful.

    Lovingly in P.E.O.,

    Susie

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  3. Mary Ann Thompson :

    Marlene, my thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days. LIPEO

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  4. Karla Bynum :

    Dear Marlene and Eugene,
    How blessed you were to have her here for so very long! 101! Amazing! And she sounds like she was an amazing woman in other respects too. When someone gets that old, I know you have subconsciously been preparing for this, but it’s always rough no matter how you prepare. My mother-in-law was an Eastern Star too. She went Home at 96 two years ago.
    May God hold you close and comfort you, as you process her passing and look forward to one day being with her again.
    Your in Him, Karla Bynum

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  5. Karen Killoren :

    Marlene & family,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. What a remarkable life and legacy she leaves behind. Irregardless of age, losing a mother is always painful. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. LIPEO

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  6. Mary and Fred Bockelman :

    Marlene and Family,
    What a wonderful women your mother was . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. LIPEO

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