Gayle Beverley MacKenzie
After a brief illness, Gayle MacKenzie passed away on May 7th, 2021 in Winnipeg MB while in hospital at the age of 78. Gayle leaves behind to mourn her passing, son Kenny (Janet) of Winnipeg, daughter Tammy (Kevin) of Ear Falls ON, son Geordie (Laura) of Winnipeg and son Daniel of Ponoka AB. Also left to mourn her passing are her beloved grandchildren, Wyatt Henry, Danielle MacKenzie, Nash Henry, Rachel MacKenzie, Abbey MacKenzie, Duncan MacKenzie, Chloe MacKenzie and Cameron MacKenzie. Gayle also leaves her siblings Duffy Hancharyk (Maureen), William Hancharyk (Katherine) and Jamie Jones (Darcy). Gayle was predeceased by her parents Ernest and Alice Hancharyk of Winnipeg.
Gayle was born in Winnipeg and spent her childhood growing up in the Cresentwood neighborhood meeting many lifelong friends. She graduated from Kelvin High School and from there, married and began her family living in Winnipeg, Calgary, Winnipeg, St. Albert and settling back in Winnipeg in 1981. Gayle worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce until her retirement in 2007. Although Mom faced many challenges, she overcame them through hard work and commitment to her children and her family. Our mother put her children before all things and instilled in all of us a deep love that has nourished not only us and her grandchildren, but also those who had the privilege of being in her circle. No matter what transpired in the lives of her children and family, Gayle accepted us without condition and we all knew that whatever had happened, she would be there for us. She was in many ways our best friend, growing up with her children and always thirsting for knowledge and understanding of what the world was offering all of us.
There were so many good times, travelling with friends and family whether it be to Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, to visit family in British Columbia, New Orleans and the Bayous of Southeastern Louisiana or Phoenix, her memories of these escapades were priceless. Her fondest memories were the summers she and her children would spend at Grand Beach MB, walking daily from Grand Marais to Grand Beach, setting up a spot and basking in the sun and the water. Later in life she became that “best friend” to her grandchildren who also knew that whatever was happening in their lives she would be there to listen without judgement, it was total acceptance with Mom/Granny. Her humanity was evident to all that met her and she instilled this in all those who knew her.
As per Mom’s wishes, she was cremated and when the current COVID 19 restrictions come to an end, a celebration of her life will be held with family and close friends outdoors. Mom, we love you and you will be so missed by us all. Please know that those gifts you gave to us will not only live on in our memories, but more importantly, in our actions towards others. You are one of a kind and we are forever grateful for all that you gave so freely. The family would like to thank the staff of Concordia Hospital on 3 West for the care that they provided to Gayle during the final days of her life. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Gayle’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.