It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our mother Madalyn Service on 16 August 2009 in Nanaimo, BC. Madalyn was predeceased in 1985 by infant grandson Corey, in 1989 by son Barry, in 1990 by daughter Jackie, and in 1991 by her husband Allan (Bud). She is survived by estranged husband Peter Dyck, her sons Allan, Duane (Linda) of Bella Coola, Jack (Arlene) of Quesnel, Bill (Susan) of North Saanich, Mike (Connie) of Mission; grandchildren Tom, Kim, Justin, Sarah, Geoffrey, Desiree, Jessica, Tom, Kate and Lacey; and great grandchildren Harrisa and Dustin. Madalyn was born to Dorothy & Wallace Henneberry on 19 January 1925 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In 1949 she married Allan Service, an officer and pilot in the Royal Canadian Navy. Their life in the military and later Coast Guard took them and their family of (eventually) seven children from Halifax (NS) to Trenton (Ont), Sidney (BC), Ottawa (Ont), Edmonton, (Alberta) and Prince Rupert (BC). Madalyn loved cooking for a crowd. The sons fondly remember their friends being warmly welcomed into their family home…in fact it was difficult to leave without eating something (“come on…what am I going to do with all this food?”). After retirement from the Coast Guard, Bud’s work with Equity Silver Mines took them to Houston where Madalyn became active with SOS. She continued her work with SOS after their 2nd retirement to Parksville in 1983. Madalyn was very active in her church, the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church, providing baked goods for church socials and hosting bible studies. She also took up golf and aquafit and loved tending her garden and roses. In 1999 she married Peter Dyck and they embarked on missionary work, traveling to Haiti, India and Russia. Madalyn loved dogs; in 2008 when she moved into Stanford Place her Jack Russell “Baby” was adopted by Desiree. Madalyn looked forward to visits from “Baby” and other dogs. She will be forever missed by her large circle of caring family and friends. Special thanks are extended to the staff of Stanford Place for the care given to Madalyn during her stay there and to Dr. Desai.
Friends and family will gather to celebrate
Madalyn’s life at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday,
August 22, 2009 at the Parksville Fellowship
Baptist Church, Pym Road, Parksville B.C.
In lieu of flowers, Madalyn’s family would appreciate donations be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.