DYCK LydiaPosted: April 27th, 2013
December 28, 1923 to April 20, 2013
Lydia (Dyck) Dyck peacefully went to be with the Lord at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Saturday, April 20 at the age of 89 years. Lydia was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Peter, on December 31, 2010. She is survived by her children/grandchildren: James (Linda) Dyck of Pincher Creek (Leanne(Gord) Neufeld, Michael Dyck, Kerry (Shawn) Mierau); Linda (David) Roberge of Maple Ridge, B.C. (Brad & Jolynn); Norma Lynn Gibbon of Lethbridge (Chase(Renee) & Paige); Philip (Mary) Dyck of Lethbridge (Jesse & Carly); Grant (Roxanne) Dyck of Strathmore (Tiffany Jones); Lloyd Dyck of Coaldale; and Leslie (Pat) Dyck of Lethbridge (Andrew & Amy) and great grandchildren Gabe & Kaitlyn Neufeld, Hannah & Cora Dyck, Jade, Emily & Kayley Mierau.
Lydia is survived by her brother Henry Kroeker of Lethbridge, her sister Elizabeth Doll of Victoria, B.C., her sister Anne (Paul) Krawec of Cochrane, her sister in law Geraldine Dyck of Coaldale, sisters-in-law Judith Dyck of Pincher Creek, Erna Dyck of Coaldale, and brothers-in-law Nick Dyck of Lethbridge and Abe Dyck of Medicine Hat, numerous nieces and nephews.
Lydia was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Elizabeth Dyck, her siblings Tina Dyck, Marie (Dyck) Klassen, Nickolas Dyck, Jake Dyck, Agnes Dyck, John Dyck, Mary (Kroeker) Klippenstein, Margaret (Kroeker) Lepp, Helen Kroeker, Susan (Dyck) Ens, Cornelius Dyck and Armin Dyck, numerous brothers & sisters-in-law and her son-in-law James Gibbon.
Lydia was born in Alexanderkrone, Russia (Siberia); her family immigrated to Canada in the fall of 1928 and settled on a beet farm in Coaldale. She completed her grade 9 schooling in Coaldale. Mom commenced working for her sister Margaret on the farm in Skiff, for St. Michael’s Hospital as a care aide, and as a house maid in Vancouver with her sister Elizabeth. Mom was baptized in 1940 and married her first and only love, Peter, on her 20th birthday in 1943, following which they moved to Pincher Creek to homestead in 1946. There they farmed together, raised their seven children (and a lot of chickens) and Mom started her successful Amway business, eventually retiring into town in 1974, and subsequently to Creekside Village in 1997. In 2007, Peter and Lydia took up residence at The View in Lethbridge and in March of 2009 both moved to Good Samaritan’s West Highlands, Dad to assisted living and Mom in the adjoining Life Lease from which she could go visit Dad every day. She loved living in her condo and growing her patio garden.
Mom loved the Lord and was devoted to her family. She was primarily a social person making friends everywhere she went. She was known for her wonderful baking, her recycling efforts in making rugs and beach bags from plastic grocery bags, her devotion to numerous causes, and singing (quartet and choir). She was thrifty, generous and honest to a fault, loved to travel with Dad and especially enjoyed their many winters in Arizona.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family for a time of sharing from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday May 10 at Good Samaritan’s West Highlands, 2681 Garry Drive West, Lethbridge, AB
A celebration of Lydia’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Springridge Mennonite Church with Reverend Harold Schilk officiating.
In memory of Lydia and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either: Southern Alberta Bible Camp Box 99 Lomond AB T0L 1G0, www.sabc.ca or Camp Valaqua Box 339 Water Valley AB T0M 2E0 www.campvalaqua.com
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