Mary Josephine Stickney was born July 6, 1941 in Saskatoon, Sask.
She was predeceased by her parents, Mildred Anna Stickney who passed away in 1975 and Clarence Emmerson Stickney who passed away in 1957.
Mary Jo grew up in South Burnaby and was a member of the Burnaby South High School cheerleaders. Mary Jo graduated from Essendale School of Nursing in Vancouver as a psychiatric nurse and began a lifelong calling. Jo returned to school in Barrie, Ont. and achieved a second nursing degree as a registered nurse. Jo worked at Chilliwack General Hospital for 20 years.
Nurses and soldiers! Mary Jo met Robert Joseph Turcott while he was stationed at CFB Chilliwack after certain religious and legal ceremonies.
Robert Boyd and Lori Kathleen became Jo’s pride and joy. Edging out her first born son and number one daughter, is Beth. Nana to her granddaughter, Beth Turcott is Jo’s finest work. Special mention must also be made for Jo’s sweetie, John Bourel who has become a loving member of our family.
Jo was a blood donor, nurse, quilter, sorority member, union steward, crafter, wife, friend, mentor, nana, sister-in-law, tourist, mother, listener, shopper, daughter, walker, and much more.
Jo thanks family, cousins, friends, nurses, co-workers, doctors, lawyers, notaries, investment consultants, healers, patients, lovers, fellow travellers, and agents, the creators of ‘Coronation Street’, all retailers, animal and nature advocates, environmentalists, and God.
It is the combination of people that filtered through Jo’s life that shaped her into the incredible woman that she was. For this she is eternally grateful.
Rumour has it Jo chatted with the Pope while they waited in line at the Pearly Gates.
Viewing will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2005 at Henderson’s Funeral Home on Victoria Ave., Chilliwack. Services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2005 at Henderson’s Funeral Home on Victoria Ave. Feast/celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2005 at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn, 43971 Industrial Way, Chilliwack.
Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the scheduled events. Five minute pop-ins at anytime are encouraged. Please feel free to honour our mother and support her family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for Cancer research, envelopes will be available.
Mary Josephine Turcott was returned to Sender April 2, 2005.
Momma always said, “Don’t put off your joy.’’ Join us. On behalf of our mother – Robert Boyd Turcott and Lori Kathleen August.