Shannon Gail MacKay
January 27, 1961 – February 16, 2014
Shannon was taken from this world too soon on February 16, 2014 under the compassionate care of Dr. Robin Love and the amazing NRGH Palliative Care Unit, especially the ‘green team’.
Predeceased by her cherished mom Eileen Schley in 2006, Shannon is survived by her caring and thoughtful dad Eugene Schley of Qualicum Beach, loving husband of 33 years Rob MacKay and three children of whom she is very proud: Daniel MacKay (Tyler Berry), Heather Roxanne MacKay (David Burgess) and Cari-Lyn (Marius) Mackensen.
At 22 months old, granddaughter Alexa Mackensen deserves a special full page on the light and joy she brought to Shannon in her most difficult times.
Shannon’s siblings and their families will miss her greatly. Big brother Ken (Shirley) Schley, baby brother Allan (Michelle) Schley and little sister Marilyn Hibbert-Schley (Greg).
Many nieces and nephews include Justin (Colby), Jordan, Tyson and Jerid Schley, Kim Hibbert (Landon), Jill Hibbert, Nicholas and Monique Schley, plus many more on Rob’s side of the family.
Shannon was born in Edmonton, and her family led a nomad-like life in many Alberta and BC communities while growing up. At 17, while working in Cranbrook, she met Rob. They hit it off immediately, were engaged after a few months, and married in 1980.
Shannon will always be the benchmark of a life well lived and inspiration for all who knew her. As a much-loved mother, daughter, sister, friend and mentor, Shannon touched so many people in so many positive ways that we could not do her life justice in this small space, so a memorial celebration is planned for March 8, 2014 at 1 pm at the Parksville Community Convention Centre, Jensen Avenue. Please join us in this “everyone welcome” gathering to honour Shannon’s life and legacy.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to please support Oceanside Hospice Society, Nanaimo Hospice Society or the QF Community Health Endowment Fund (via Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation).