It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Mary Ellen Doell-Mycyk on April 6, 2017 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.
Mary was born in Saskatoon on October 21, 1963 and was raised by loving parents in the town of Warman. She was a caring, fun-loving and high energy person; a treasured member of a large extended family. As a young mom, she doted on her beloved children and nothing gave her more joy. She was resilient and persevered through many difficult circumstances, none more difficult than the tragic death of her daughter Stacy. Devoted mother and grandmother, Mary was also extremely generous to others. She volunteered for many causes, including MADD, Special Olympics, Block Parents and more. Her beautiful smile, sense of humor and sparkly blue eyes engaged strangers, who became friends. Mary loved travel, including special trips with her oldest grandchildren. Our family gatherings will be poorer without your presence there, Mary – and we will miss your cabbage rolls and knisch, too!
Twice Mary attended Grieving Parents’ retreats in the USA and made new, dear friends, and while those friends are grieving Mary now, they celebrate Mary’s reunion with her precious daughter.
For the past 11 years, Mary was proud to work with Josh at Precision Safety; both as Medical instructor and Manager. She loved the beauty of the north; especially the beautiful people she met in training courses she taught there. They often became her friends. She was determined to travel to all 72 First Nations reserves in Saskatchewan, and made it to all but 5.
No one was more important to Mary than her family, and she fought cancer so hard to be able to stay with them. Mary’s husband Steve was a devoted spouse and caregiver throughout the challenges of her illness, the family is so grateful for all Steve’s tender care. Her delight was in spending time with her precious son, Josh and all her adored grandchildren. Mary will be cherished and lovingly remembered by her husband, Steve Mycyk, her son Josh Beckman and his wife Angelina, their children, Sophia, Seth and Addison and grandchildren, Alexis and Owen Myrol. She is also survived by her sisters: Linda Doell, Adeline (Doug) Cox, Heather (Gord) Wall, Shelley (Lawrence) Fehr, Lisa (Martin) Harder, and brothers: Leonard (Tina) Doell, Howard (Roberta) Doell, Vern (Selena) Doell, Lyle Doell, Don Doell, Greg (Holly) Doell, and many beloved nieces and nephews, step-brother and sisters, good friends like Dynelda, Corrine, Crystal and Donna, and the father of her children, Brent Beckman. Her loss is also mourned by Steve’s family: Taras (Anna) Mycyk, Marta (Walter) Burych, Chrystia (Mike) Mycyk, Irene (Orest) Kostruba and special family friend, Mike Letendre.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, John and Tena Doell, daughter Stacy Myrol, brother Murray Doell, niece Brittney Fehr, nephews Scott and Spencer Cox, stepmother Tina Doell and mother-in-law Helen “Mama” Mycyk.
A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held at Osler Mennonite Church, 212 2nd Avenue, Osler SK. at 11:00am on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to The Lighthouse Supported Living in Saskatoon or the Saskatoon Cancer Center. The family gratefully acknowledges the wonderful and kind care of Dr. Younis, Dr. Zaidi, nurses Nicky and Joanne and others, at the Saskatoon Cancer Center. We are also forever grateful for the compassionate care of Dr. Dala, Dr. Al Unger, and Daphne (Palliative Care), and numerous nurses at St. Pauls Hospital. Thanks to all those who cared for her at RUH and SPH during the past two months, including Lisa Collard. Funeral arrangements are in care of Dalmeny Funeral Home 306-254-2022.