Our hearts are heavy with the passing of our mom, grandma, and great-grandma, Sharon Nola Skaley.
Sharon passed away Sun. June 6 at the Stettler Hospital at the age of 82.
Our family is so thankful that we were all able to share time with her during her final days.
Sharon was born in Milden, Sask. April 5, 1939 to Fredrick and Helen Mitchell.
The first eight years of her childhood were spent in Kirriemuir, Alta. and then her family moved to Monitor, Alta.
In her teenage years, she worked cleaning neighbour’s homes and later, spent time in Consort, Alta. helping a farm family with domestic chores and making meals.
She commented that this job required 12 – 16 hours of her each day, but Sharon was never afraid of long days of work.
Dec. 5, 1955 Sharon married Art Skaley and found themselves settling in Stettler, Alta. where they would build their life together and where Sharon would call home for her next 66 years.
Sharon worked for Thirsks for five years before children became part of their life.
A baby girl, Beverley Dawn, came into their world Feb. 18, 1960 and 16 months later their son, Lenard Dale, arrived June 8, 1961.
Sharon was a stay-at-home mom but also a full-time bookkeeper for her and Art’s many business adventures.
Sharon will be remembered for her caring and kind heart. Throughout her lifetime she helped many friends that needed an extra hand.
After Art passed in 2014 she volunteered her time at Heritage House and would be seen at Paragon Place or Willow Creek spending time with friends.
She was very involved with the Stettler Legion as a volunteer and later became an executive member.
She enjoyed many different roles promoting the Legion’s activities and events.
Sharon had a giving soul, an energy and work ethic that was admired by all that knew her.
She loved to bake and garden. Family and friends enjoyed her incredible cookie creations (especially at Christmas) and her friendship loaves, as well as her delicious jellies, jams and assorted pickles.
Sharon was very proud of her five grandchildren and totally involved in all of their lives. Caring for them when they were young, being their #1 cheerleader in all the activities they participated in, and being their fun, supportive friend/Granny/Grandma always.
The countless games, especially crib, and the laughs that accompanied those times spent together will be fondly remembered.
The hope of being a great-grandma was fulfilled March 14, 2020 with the sweet arrival of Rey Belle Hebert.
Sharon cherished the moments she got to cuddle and play with her great-granddaughter!
Each of us holds special memories that will be treasured forever.
Sharon is survived by her son Lenard (Carolyn) Skaley; daughter Bev Konschuh; grandchildren: Parker Konschuh (Taylor), Rebecca (Jordan) Hebert, Jessica Skaley (Colby), Jeffrey Skaley (Jessie Anne and her children Lincoln, Cypress and Kasper) and Caylen Skaley (Stephen); and great-granddaughter Rey Belle.
She is also survived by sisters-in-law: Darlene Skaley, Shirley Somer and Ruth Mitchell as well as other family and many dear friends.
She is predeceased by her parents Helen and Frederick Mitchell; husband Art Skaley; son-in-law Wade Konschuh; brothers: Lorne Mitchell and Ron Mitchell; parents-in-law: Margaret and Otto Skaley; brothers-in-law: Harold Skaley, Edgar Skaley and John Skaley; sisters-in-law: Grace Dyson and Marie Johnson.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations in memory of Sharon are gratefully accepted to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or Stettler Health Service Foundation ~ Palliative Care Unit.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-742-3422.
Card of Thanks
The family of Sharon Skaley would like to thank Dr. Drummond and the nursing staff as well as the Home Care team for the wonderful care our Mom/Grandma received during her stay at the Stettler Hospital.
Thank you for your thoughtful attentiveness and promptness which occurred with all concerns the family had at this difficult time.