Trudy Chebry

August 11, 1930 - November 24, 2012
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, our Miimi, Trudy Chebry. Trudy was a gentle, loving soul and it is only fitting that she left this world gently, in her sleep, surrounded by the love of her family. Left to carry on without his best friend, and the love of his life for 58 years is William Chebry.
Their children, Shelley (Jeff) Chebry, Nick (Joanne) Chebry, Charles (Christine) Chebry, Suzy (Chris) Peacocke, and Niina (Rob) Chebry will continue to be inspired by her zest for life and positive energy. Also missing their Miimi are her beautiful and well-loved grandchildren Anna and Nick Peacocke, Clinton, Jett, Cassandra and Chase Chebry, and Kara, Kale and Brooke Chebry. Trudy also leaves her sister Ilmi Butterworth, several special nieces and nephews and many precious friends. Trudy was predeceased by her parents Ann and Bente Stenberg and her brothers Neil, Leo and George Stenberg and her sisters Ester (in childhood), Elna Lanki, Irene Matheson, and Ellen Laakso.
Trudy grew up in Thorhild, homesteading with her family, and later was swept off her feet by Billy C, who promptly tricked her into farming again. For 40 years they worked, played and raised their family in Barrhead, making many lifelong friends along the way. Later they retired to an acreage in Creston, BC where they immersed themselves fully in the community. It was here that Trudy's incredible talents of quilting blossomed and all types of handicrafts became works of art. Many special friendships blossomed in Creston as well, and Trudy treasured these relationships. Most recently Bill and Trudy moved to Vancouver and anticipated new adventures, but that was unfortunately cut short due to her illness.
Mom instilled in all of us the importance of love, kindness and patience and there is no better tribute to her then for all of us to emulate these qualities in our lives. Her memory has been celebrated by her immediate family and a special gathering for extended family and friends will take place later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Trudy's name to the St. James Cottage Hospice (650 North Penticton Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 3L8)

Published in The Edmonton Journal on Dec. 8, 2012