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Massey, Ollie

Ollie Massey, formerly of Fort Macleod, passed away peacefully Dec. 9, 2002, at the Beverly Centre in Calgary at the age of 80 years.
She is survived by her husband Navarre (Buck) Massey; four children, Risé Massey (Danny Collar) of Okotoks, Mitchell Massey (Allison) of Priddis, Jacqueline Massey (Tom Nesbitt) of Bowen Island, B.C. and Darren Massey (Sylvana Leclerc) of Calgary; a brother and sister Orest Krushnik and Marie Palelek, both of Edmonton; and many other relatives and friends.
Ollie Massey was born in 1922 as Olga Kushniruk in the farming community of Soda Lake, Alta. She was the youngest of five children. She had two older sisters, Marie Palelek and Tilya (Tillie) Fedoruk (deceased), and two older brothers, Orest and Eugene (deceased).
Her parents, Magdelena and Dimetrio, were both born in Austria but had come to Canada when they were both quite young and married in 1913.
Ollie’s father was an accomplished musician and a teacher which meant that Ollie’s childhood home was filled with music. As a result, she gained a love of and appreciation for music at an early age, something that she carried with her for her entire life.
After her high school graduation, Ollie attended the Women’s Training class in Aircraft Repair Mechanics, Metal Work division in Edmonton. Later, following the war, she trained at the Radio College of Canada in Toronto.
Ollie had an adventurous spirit and sought the excitement of city life. Accompanied by her sister Tillie, she lived in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton, where she met Navarre Andre Renee (Buck) Massey. They were married in 1953.
During the early years of their marriage, while running an earth-moving company, the couple lived in a trailer in various locations. They settled in Fort Macleod after the birth of their first child, Risé, in 1957. In the next six years, three more children were born to Ollie and Buck: Mitchell, Jacqueline and Darren.
The family built a home and lived by the side of the Old Man River on Riverside Drive (now known as Water Street). Ollie provided for her children and husband in the traditional role of nurturing mother and wife. She was an excellent cook, seamstress and a dedicated wife and mother.
In addition to taking care of her family, Ollie worked outside of the home. She was employed for several years as a bookkeeper for the Walker Clinic. Alongside her husband, she managed Maverick Trailers – an industrial plant that manufactured goose-necked trailers. In later years she worked at George Gaschler’s law office, retiring at the age of 75.
Two and a half years ago, Ollie experienced a devastating stroke that completely paralyzed her left side. From that point on, she required full-time care and moved to a nursing home in Calgary.
On Monday, Dec. 9, Ollie Massey died peacefully in her sleep. She will be sorely missed by her children, her husband, her nine grandchildren and other family and friends who had the honour of knowing her.
Funeral services were held at Pierson’s “Garden of Peace Chapel” in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Arrangements in care of Pierson’s Funeral Service, Calgary. Telephone (403) 235-3602.

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