Olga Edythe Graham (nee Bortnik)
August 8, 1937 – January 20, 2016
Our dear loving mother, Olga, passed peacefully in her home at the age of 78 years.
Olga is survived by her 4 children Stewart (Laura), Lorna, Jean Carruthers (Paul), Sonia Graham; brothers Phillip (Teri) and Max (Judy); grandchildren (Robert (Christin), Jessica, Andrew, Elizabeth, Grace, Hannah); great-grandchildren (Colt, Violet, Isla); nieces and nephews; Aunt Manya and cousins in Belarus. Olga was predeceased by her husband Eliot (2006), daughter Laurie (2013), parents Maksym and Elizabeth, brother Stephen and sisters Tanya and Helen.
Olga was born in Creston, BC and grew up in the Crowsnest Pass region graduating high school in Cranbrook, where her parents retired. She attended business college in Calgary while working as a stenographer and teletypist. She met Eliot at a dance hall in Balzac and eloped in Billings, Montana.
Olga dedicated her life to her family. She was an exceptional family matriarch and friend. Relationships and family bonds were important to her. She was consistently compassionate, taking time to listen and offer kind, sound advice to all who knew her.
A visitation will be held at Westlawn Funeral Home, Edmonton, AB, Thursday, January 28 from 7-9 pm. The service will be held at Trinity United Church,
8810 Meadowlark Road, Edmonton, AB, Friday, January 29 at 10 am.
Donations (in lieu of flowers) can be made to the Edmonton Humane Society