Mary Gibeault (Solohub/Short) passed away peacefully in the afternoon of June 13, 2021. She is survived by her five children: Ed (Rose), Shirley, Gary (Brenda), Raymond (Taira) and David (Shauna); grandchildren, Terry Short (Debbie), Laura Beiko, Candice Yarosh (Dustin), Travis Short (Rebecca), Jessie Short (Tomas), Kelsey Short (Rob), Zachary Short (Chauntel), Amanda Short (Gord Pollard) Whitney Short, Alyssa Short and Emily Short and six great-grandchildren; Mary’s four sisters: Annie, Olga, Pauline and Helen and one brother, Bill mourn her passing as do her numerous nephews and nieces.
Mary was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph Alcide Short in 1978 and her second husband, Peter Gibeault in 2003, brothers: Joe, John, Mike and her parents Peter and Katarine.
Mary was born on April 21, 1925 in Kiev, Ukraine. She immigrated to Canada with her mother, Katherine and younger brother, John in 1932 to join with father, Peter.
She married Joseph Alcide Short in October 1945 after which they raised five children in Morinville, Alberta.
Mary revelled in her uncanny likeness to Queen Elizabeth II including attending events dressed as the Queen and usually winning 1st prize. Incidentally Mary and the Queen shared the same birthday although Mary was one year the Queen’s elder.
Some of Mary’s favourite mantras include “I love all my children”, “chikai/chikai” and “what do I need that for?”
Mary loved gardening; her perennial green thumb was her pride and joy. The fruits from Mary’s berry trees were treats for many neighbourhood kids in Morinville.
Mary’s family ask anyone who knew her to join us in joyous thoughts of her life and the warmth she brought to so many.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Covenant Health Youville Home in St. Albert and in particular the staff of unit 4.”