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January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

Khrystos Voskres!  On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, Mary peacefully passed away. She was born on October 2, 1929 in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay), Ontario. On May 12, 1951, she married George Dashkewytch, moved to Terrace Bay, Ontario, where they resided for the next 35 years, raising four sons, George, Mark, Peter and Paul. The past 34 years, of Mary and George’s married lives have been spent in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Mary had a passion for life and constantly reached out to help and love others. As a hobby artist, her paintings focused on nature and captured the surroundings in which she lived. She loved curling as a participant and as a fan. Mary was actively involved in her communities, particularly within the Church. Her role with the Catholic Women’s League expanded to a national level, becoming a leader, and later being awarded a Lifetime Membership. She was active with BC Interior Health as a volunteer, visiting and comforting those who were shut -in their homes or health centres. Mary also obtained a fitness certificate through Okanagan College and began providing Aqua-Fit classes to a number of retirement communities throughout Kelowna, doing so, well into her 80’s. In 1990 Mary was nominated as Citizen of the Year for the city of Kelowna. Always adventurous, for her 75th birthday, she gifted herself with a horseback swim in Lake Okanagan which was featured in the Kelowna Courier.

Her family is sincerely grateful to the wonderful staff at the Intensive Care Unit at Kelowna General Hospital and the Spring Valley and Sun Pointe Care Centres in Kelowna.

Mary was preceded in death by her father Alexander; mother Pearl; sister Anne; brother-in-law Maurice; and is leaving some of herself behind through her husband of 69 years, George; sons George, Mark, Peter and Paul; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary’s celebration of life will be announced at a later time.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 750 Rutland Rd. N. Kelowna, BC, V1X 3B7 and Dormition of the Mother of God, 1091 Coronation Avenue, Kelowna, BC, B1Y 7A8. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

Her quick wit and enduring hugs will be missed by all who knew her.

Love U Better!!!

God Bless You All, Khrystos Voskres!


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  • Darlene McArthur (Regis) says:

    My sincere condolences to your whole family. Memories of Mary are many.

  • Bonnie Borsa says:

    Will miss our long talks,rest in peace my Mary.

  • Michele and Sonny Borsa says:

    Our sincere condolences to the family. We remember your mother who was so full of life. Hang on to those memories they are yours forever

  • Mary Clara (Coupal) Papineau says:

    Sending my deepest sympathy to Mrs Dashkewytch’s family . I Have wonderful memories of her & can hear her voice & see her smile even now . Praying for the entire family during this difficult time.

  • Dave Sadowick says:

    Very sorry to hear this news. We should all be so lucky to have such a long and eventful life. Mary and George were great friends with my mom and dad and whenever they travelled to BC they made sure to visit them. Lots of good memories for our family.
    My sincere condolences.
    Dave Sadowick.

  • Bryan & Toni McInnes says:

    Condolences to George Sr. and family. Fr. Terry Sawchuk, of St. Martin’s Parish,, acknowledged Mary at last Sunday’s virtual Mass, as a long time and faithful parishioner in Terrace Bay. We remember her well. God Bless your whole family.

  • Terry and Susan Hay says:

    Our sincere condolences to the Dashkewytch family. Mary was a lovely lady. You are in our hearts and prayers.

  • Sandi and Doug Hengel says:

    Much love to your family during this sad time.
    Love and kisses

  • Brian Peters says:

    I have many fond memories of Mary at St Martins School.She brought joy and laughter to the office and hallways.She rewarded me with a happy face and a pat on the back when I got my monthly attendance correct. The students used to bring her chocolate bunny ears from their Easter treats. She was loved.

  • cathy churney says:

    sincere condolences to all the family. I remember your mum at Christmas and all the times we went to visit my grandparents next door. she would always come out and say hello. wonderful person..

  • Sheilah Houston Kostecki says:

    I remember Mary from Terrace Bay, from St Martin’s school and church. Mary was kind to everyone. My heart goes out to the family.

  • Brenda Sheppard says:

    I first met Mary over 15 years ago when she was a Volunteer for Interior Health. She was a dedicated, caring Volunteer. Years later I ran into Mary when she and George moved to Sun Pointe Village. She was still the same bubbly, kind and caring person I knew! She will be missed dearly for all those whose lives she touched. Special thoughts to George and family at this time.

  • Fr. Joseph Ostopowich says:

    My deep felt and prayerful sympathies on the loss of Mary. I have known her and George for many years yet when I was still the parish priest at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Mary along with George were faithful and prayerful Parishioners Who were very involved in the life of the church community. George & family, on behalf of my Mother Rose (Who lives in Kelowna) and myself, we offer our prayers for Mary’s blessed repose and also prayers for you George & family as you grieve her passing and celebrate her memory. May God grant her blessed repose – Христос Воскрес! Christ is Risen!

  • Anna Bahlieda says:

    Uncle George and family we know this is a difficult time for all of you, and wish we had words to make it easier. I have fond memories of visits to Terrace Bay in the summer. May the love of family and warm embrace of friends comfort you at this difficult time. Our condolences to all of you on the passing of Auntie Mary. Wayne & Anna Bahlieda and family

  • florence kolesar says:

    To George, Paul, Peter and Mark – we lived next door to your parents, (Churney) I babysat you boys. Your Mom was part of our wedding 60 yrs ago. She was a beautiful person and I have many fond memories of her. My sincere condolences to all on the loss of your Mom.

  • Mary Kozorys says:

    We are very saddened to read about the passing of such a kind and loving person, and especially saddened that we had lost contact over these last few years. It seemed like yesterday, that we heard the stories of the move to Terrace Bay, and the life that was built there. Our sympathies are extended to George, sons and extended families. May her memory be eternal. Vichnaya Pam’yat!
    Mary Kozorys, Geri Kozorys-Smith and families

  • Joe Kutcher says:

    Mary was just the most delightful woman. When I arrived in Terrace Bay in 1978 as the Religion Consultant for the school board I was given an office in “Mary’s school”. She certainly kept matters in order and us youngsters in line. Mary was truly a blessing who helped shape my professional life as a teacher and my introduction to small town living. Many blessings and thanks to George and your family. Joe Kutcher and Cathie Smith

  • Joanne Brown says:

    I am saddened to hear of your mothers passing and offer my deepest condolences to all her sons and their families – she was always kind to us as children ❤️

  • Dean MacLeod says:

    Sincere sympathies from the MacLeod family, formerly of Pine Crescent, Terrace Bay.

  • Gerri Turner says:

    I remember Mary from church and CWL. She and my mother, Lillian BELLIVEAU, had many adventures in the CWL as presidents and Life Members. Condolences to George and families.

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