Wilza Abernethy

Obituary of Wilza Joyce Abernethy

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The passing of Wilza Joyce Abernethy of Fredericton, NB, wife of Osborne Abernethy, occurred on Monday, April 24, 2023 at Shannex Neill Hall.  Born on January 29, 1935 in South Hampton, NB, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Laura (Marney) Graham.   

In addition to her husband, Wilza is survived by her children, Trudy Abernethy (Bernie), Shelly Abernethy, and Brian Abernethy (Janet) of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Ashley Erb (Mike), Alana Kalinowski (Richard), Jennifer Stewart (Kevin), Mitchell Kalinowski, Joshua Abernethy, Paige Abernethy, and Lucas Abernethy; sisters, Shirley Estey, Lou Cummings, Donna Kupkee (Bob), and Darlene Hughson (Allan); brother-in-law, Don Swain; and several nieces and nephews.   

Besides her parents, Wilza was predeceased by her sisters, Doris MacFarlane, Muriel Blaney, Geraldine Doherty and Winzora Swain; and brothers, Dawn Graham, Arnold Graham and Ardean Graham. 

Married to Ob for 68 years, their love and commitment to each other was truly one of a kind.  They built a loving home and raised their 3 children there.  Those who knew her, knew they were her greatest joy.  She loved visits and phone calls from her sisters and friends and her door was always open for her adoring grandchildren.  Wilza was a member of Brunswick Street Baptist Church for many years.  Her kind and warm spirit lit up a room and continues to shine through those who loved her.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Shannex Neill Hall, whom Wilza lovingly referred to as “my girls and guys” for their compassionate care. 

In keeping with Wilza’s wishes there will be no visitation or service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Canada.  Personal condolences may be offered through www.yorkfh.com

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