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Theresa Whiskeyjack

October 17, 1938 - June 17, 2011


On June 17, 2011, Mrs. Theresa Whiskeyjack passed away at the age of 72 years. She is survived by her husband, Ben; 6 daughters & 1 son, Rose Poitras of Elk Point, Barbara (Richard) Lameman of Moose Mountain, Brenda Jenkins (Duane Janvier) of Beaver Lake, Vivian Jenkins (Greg Hunter) of Saddle Lake, Richard Jenkins (Pierre Connelly) of Elk Point, Karen (Grant) Jenkins-Waboose of Moose Mountain & Carol Jenkins of Edmonton; 3 step-children, Sandra, Elmer & Stacey Whiskeyjack; 2 God-children, Randy Shirt & Renee Goreas; 14 grandchildren, Martin (Sherrie) Poitras, Darren Poitras (Peggy Grandjam), Joey YoungChief (Stephanie Watchmaker), Candy (John) Desjarlais, Robin YoungChief (Willie Badger), Shauna Lapatak (Del), Toni YoungChief, Tess Jenkins (Albert Morin), Dawn Lameman, Jessica Lameman, John Waboose, Jordan Waboose, Michael Waboose, Leshaun Jenkins; 28 great-grandchildren, Brandon Favel, Dane YoungChief, Shelton Jackson, Justice Grandjamb, Chase Cardinal, Tristyn Badger, Sheridan Jackson, Torrence YoungChief, Stran Buffalo, Cole Poitras, Raven YoungChief, Mya Badger, Landon Jenkins, Aiden Jackson, Deon McGregor, Hope Grandjamb, Kayleigh Jenkins, Mason YoungChief, Marcel Jenkins, Shakira YoungChief, Shawnee Lapatak, Kasia Jenkins, John Desjarlais, Alex Poitras, Kaylyb Desjarlais, Aylah John, Shelby Jenkins & September Lapatak; numerous adopted children; father, Lloyd J. Poitras; siblings, Eddie (Shelley) Poitras, Marjorie Shirt, Gerald (Dorothy) Poitras, Florence (Frank) Large, Marlene (Clifford) Cardinal, Roland Poitras (Grace Mercier), Richard (Penny) Poitras & Adrian Poitras (Lorraine Morin). She was predeceased by her mother, Mary Poitras (nee Dion); daughter, Sherry; grandsons, Keith & Marcel; great-grandson, Albert; 2 brothers, Norman & Homer; sister, Lavina; father’s of her children, John White & Richard Jenkins. A Prayer Service will be held Tuesday, June 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel. A Wake will be held Wednesday, June 22 at Kehewin School Gym, Kehewin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Kehewin. Reverend Father Rene Realuyo will be celebrating with interment in the Church Cemetery, Kehewin. GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, Box 1780, St. Paul, AB. 780-645-2677.


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Bernie Poitras
Relation: cousion

Sorry to here of your loss,condolences from Bernie Poitras and faimly

From: Miriam YoungChief and Family
Relation: Dear Friend, Sister, Auntie, Kokum

We lift up our prayers and give thanks for the beautiful life of Theresa. She was a wonderful friend, teacher, role m,odel, and community leader. The world has changed without her here…Theresa was a professional trainer and teacher and a backbone in the Friendship Centre Movement. She was a true friend to all. We love her greatly.

From: Christopher Sheppard
Relation: She was a great teacher

I keep thinking to when Senator Theresa Whiskeyjack was my elder during a gathering in Jasper.

She taught me so much, and continued to do so for the entire time I knew her.

I wish her family all I can during this time, as well as her Friendship Centre family for whom she has been a part of for so long.

From: Senator Winston Mcleod
Relation: Friend

My condolences to her family
She will be greatly missed by all.
We know her spirit will have a safe journey

From: Mannawanic Native Friendship Centre
Relation: Inspiring role model

Our love thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Theresa was an inspiration and role model to many, and will be remembered with admiration, love and respect.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. – All of us at the Friendship Centre plan to do something special as a memorial to her contributions to the community and to the centre.

From: Melodie Wilton
Relation: friend/mentor

Theresa was the first person, outside of the Friendship Centre where I worked, who welcomed me into the Friendship Centre movement. That was 33 years ago. We would greet each other with “How are you doing, you old war horse?” The war is over for Theresa now. It was a battle well fought. I will miss her as a friend, a teacher and a mentor.
She deeply loved her family, spoke of them often, and will be desperately missed.

“Her work is done, her eternal rest begun.” Ever remembered, ever loved.

Melodie Wilton, Grande Prairie

From: Senator Myrtle Banfield
Relation: a friend

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I send this message to the family of senator Theresa Whiskeyjack. Theresa was a great friend and a grandmother to all. She had a great love of her brothers and sisters and her community, we will miss her dearly around the senate table and throughout the whole Friendship Centre Movement. She had so much knowledge to share. I share the sorrow of her family and friends and pray that the light becomes stronger than ever. Nakummek – thank you, Senator Myrtle Banfield

From: Yvonne Oshanyk
Relation: Friend/Mentor

My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time. Theresa helped me immensely when I first started in the Friendship Centre movement in 1995. Theresa lived the values of the movement, she took me under her wing and shared her knowledge as she did with so many others. I am so grateful to have known her. Earth’s loss is heavens gain. I do apologize for missing her service as I had family commitments. Earth’s

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
June 23, 2011
Beginning at 2:00pm

Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church

Kehewin Cree Nation, AB Canada

Prayer Service: Tuesday, June 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel. Wake: June 22 at Kehewin School Gym, Kehewin.

Kehewin Cree Nation, AB Canada

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