August 20, 1927 — March 23, 2023
Surrounded by the love of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and countless friends, Ellen Waugh passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the age of 95.
As we think of what we want to tell the world about Mom, four things come to mind — strength; resilience; hard work; and deep-in-the-belly laughter. Mom characterized her life as being difficult at times – which is an understatement based on the numerous challenges she faced – and also filled with joy and fun. She was extremely proud of her eight children, 18 grandchildren, and growing number of great-grandchildren, and ever-so-grateful for the good friends and relatives who supported her throughout her life.
Ellen met and married Robert Waugh in 1948. After a brief stint living in Edmonton, Dad got a job as a mechanic on the oil rigs, and they began moving with a drilling rig through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba – living in a 2-bedroom rig shack with two little boys (then two little boys and two little girls) until they settled in Lampman, Saskatchewan where four more children were born. Together they ran Waugh Enterprises Ltd. – an oilfield maintenance company that also through the years sold Ski-Doo snow machines, dug basements and waterlines, hauled gravel, sold gasoline, and did anything else that might help feed their family. Mom was the original “hybrid worker” – somehow managing to dispatch trucks, do the books, pump fuel, answer phones, and run the business while also cooking school lunches, sewing clothes, gardening, doing laundry, singing in the community choir, and coffeeing with important girlfriends. At 60, she went back to school and completed her caregiving certificate and thoroughly enjoyed her career supporting others. In retirement, she took many wonderful trips, played a lot of cards, made a lot of pierogies, told a lot of jokes, made a lot of quilts, entertained many people, and laughed a lot. She was – truly – amazing!
In 2012, Mom moved to Kelowna, B.C. where her much-loved sister Kay Boyko and daughter MaryJane Drouin and numerous grandchildren lived – a decision she says was one of the best of her life. She spent this last decade telling jokes, playing cards, hosting meals, and feeling satisfied with her life. Her parting words were: “Forgive past hurts and look to a better future. It is not healthy to hold old grudges; we grow up and change.”
Ellen was predeceased by her husband Bob in 2006, and her son Doug in 2012. She is survived by her children Gord (Joanne), Dianne, MaryJane, Rick (Sonja), Charlene (Gary), Roberta (Scott), and Janine (Kirby); 18 grandchildren (Jason, Lori, Byron, Rylan, Jenna, Danielle, Cailan, Kirsten, MacKenzie, Samantha, Adam, Kendra, Cameron, Logan, Evan, Hailee, Jordana, Vanessa); and numerous great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Ellen’s life will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the social room of her Kelowna condominium at 2110 Hoy Street, Kelowna, BC. In-person or virtual attendance is welcome: https://teams.live.com/meet/9347167561662
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2023 at 2:00 PM (PST)
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SENDING OUR LOVE AND OUR PRAYERS TO ALL…
Dear MaryJane and family. Condolences and warmest thoughts. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Ellen but I can see in her smile the lovely smile I love in you MaryJane. I hope happy memories and family strength brings you comfort in the coming days.
Lynn and family
So sorry to hear but was always glad to hear her voice on our numerous phone calls. . Will miss them alot she truly was an amazing Lady. Everything that was mentioned r!!!
Heartfelt condolences to her family members and friends who were favorably influenced by this beautiful woman. Ellen’s ‘parting words’ were part of her life manuscript of wisdom.
“May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand”
Au revoir Ellen.
Thinking of all of Ellen’s family, and sending condolences in memory of a lady whose life was very well lived! Ellen was a friend to many and was a kind, gracious lady
She will be very much missed.
Ray and I are thinking of you all in your time of loss. Sending love and prayers.💜
My heartfelt sympathy to you all. It is never easy losing a loved one but you will have wonderful memories that will help and heal you. Take care of each other. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this time. Ellen was a wonderful lady! We met her at our daughter Nicole and son-in-law Logan Fleck‘s wedding in July, 2018. She always had a smile and had time to talk to you. She lived a great 95 years, Cherish the memories!
Kevin and Angela Adams
Our heartfelt condolences to the family. Ellen holds a special place in our hearts as we both grew up with her in our lives. She had a real zest for life, a contagious smile & a generous spirit. Rest in peace dear friend. 🙏🏻
Sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. She was a great lady who was always cheerful and willing to help others. We knew her as part of our church family. May all of your cherished family memories strengthen you through this time of grief and in the future.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ellen’s family