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Hildebrand, Mary (nee Olenick)

Mary Hildebrand (nee Olenick) born in Reston, Man. on Oct. 5, 1924, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre in Claresholm at the age of 89.
Mary is survived by two sisters, Ruby Rattray of Winnipeg and Olive (Mike) Horbulyk of Burnaby, B.C. and one brother John (Verna) Olenick of Reston, Man.
Mary is also survived by her five loving children, Stewart Hildebrand of Fort Macleod, Del (Jo-Ann) Hildebrand of Fort Macleod, Darlene Hildebrand of Penticton, B.C., Russel (Deborah) Hildebrand of Invermere, B.C. and Shirley Hildebrand (Garry Swan) of Innisfail.
Surrounded by much love in her life, Mary also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, as well as many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Abram Hildebrand (1999); her siblings George Olenick, Nell Palmer, Oneufri Olenick, Nick Olenick, Ted Olenick, Eli Olenick and Vicki Iles; a granddaughter, two great grandsons and one great great grandson.
Mary embodied what it meant to live selflessly and love unconditionally. Her joys in life over the years were vast and varied, including babysitting all the grand babies and the neighbourhood kids; selling 50/50 tickets at sporting events and adopting the name “Grandma Dynamite”; baking for the Claresholm Farmer’s Market — made fresh the night before and never frozen was her motto; crocheting with love for family and friends; taking road trips to visit family at every opportunity; playing bingo; cheering on the Calgary Flames; and most importantly always having amazing baking and food at the ready for each and every friend or family member who crossed her threshold, whether it was for a celebration or simply a friendly hello. Regardless of the time of day or day of the week, the coffee was always on at Grandma’s house.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Leyden’s Funeral Home, Claresholm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Claresholm and District Health Foundation, P.O. Box 2638, Claresholm, T0L 0T0 or call 1-403-682-3739.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to Leyden’s Funeral Home, Claresholm. Phone 403-625-3212.

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