Shirley "Momzie" Marie Uhryn

Passed away on 4 April, 2021

Shirley “Momzie” Uhryn (nee Bayers), current resident of Stony Plain, and former resident of Volin, Alberta passed away peacefully on April 4, 2021 on Easter Sunday morning.

Shirley was one of two daughters of Mary Schewchiw who was the only surviving child of Mr and Mrs Dan Schewchiw who moved from Ukraine to Prestville, Alberta in 1928. And William Bayers born July 22, 1918 in Wakaw, Saskatchewan who moved to the the Peace Country in a box car in 1927. Mary married Bill Bayers.

Shirley has one loving sister Jeanette Scratch (Erie, Alcina); 4 children Donna (Bob, Erin & Ross), Myron (Stacy, Chloe), Tamara (James), Sasha (Kyla, Dax, Ty) multiple cousins on Bayers, Rudichuk, Uhryn (John, Marie, Nina, Mike) and Lesyk sides. Shirley has many nieces and nephews (Helen, Polly, Deb, Julie, Liz, Nestor, Colleen, Pat, Greg) and great nieces and nephews (Noel, Steve, Ashley, Rachael, Raphael, Dylan, Sarah, Jenna, Milo, Emily, Emmett). Family was very important to Shirley, as her mother was an only child.

Shirley was raised in Prestville, Alberta, east of Rycroft, until she met her husband William (Bill) S Uhryn and then she moved to Volin, AB north of Rycroft, after they were married July 14, 1961(which was 60 years 2021) where they still loved each other and enjoyed an Easter Celebration in the Westview Continuing Care Centre.

Shirley was a super successful person, raising 4 children with her husband Bill (they received the Northlands Farm Family Award 1988 when in Volin), while going to University to become a teacher for 35 years, Alberta Teachers Association representative for many years and sat on the Negotiation Committee, while still doing chores on the cattle ranch, grain farm, preparing meals for the family and hired hands, driving 4 children to music lessons (Shirley drove in the summer and Bill drove in the winter 2 hours travel time once a week at -45c), proud supporter of the arts by buying seasons passes to theatre productions for the family.

Shirley enjoyed sports like basketball and participated in the Winter Frolic and won log sawing and leg wrestling events for a few years. Shirley enjoyed planting and harvesting her own organic garden, visiting and hosting with Bill 50 to 100 plus guests celebrations and pig roasts with family, cousins, in-laws and friends, the like. Shirley likely cooked over a million meals all said and told.

Shirley, ahead of her time, grew an enormous garden every year and stored, preserved and gave away organic produce and eggs. Shirley also enjoyed picking berries and mushrooms, if she had time. Shirley was a huge proponent for the environment and planet and hoped to leave it better than she found it.

Shirley enjoyed family history and traced roots back on both sides of the family to the 1600s. Her and our family history will live on, as new members of the family continue her work. Shirley and Bill were on the initial committee who published Wheatfields and Wildflowers, a history of Rycroft and surrounding history which includes her and Bill’s family’s history.

Shirley enjoyed traveling with her husband to various places (Peru, China, Europe, Canada, Rocky Mountain Train, Jasper trips to Miette hot springs, US family visits, Reunion trips to Wakaw, SK, Cuba, etc) and no matter the place, Shirley enjoyed a good conversation and meal with the locals, whether they be in Arizona, or Arctic. Shirley also toured the Amazon by herself and this was evidence of her adventurous personality.

Shirley was a people person and her impact and contributions will be felt for centuries, and all the people and souls that she touched as a teacher for 35 years, volunteer at community halls (Rycroft, AUUC), museums (Stony Plain and Toronto Schevchenko), Stony Plain Chamber of Commerce or as a World Traveler.

A private, invitation only service will be held in the next few weeks to celebrate Shirley’s life, life contributions and to lay her beautiful peaceful soul to rest.

A Celebration of her life will follow at a later date in the summer at the Greenway Cemetery. Loved ones wishing to donate in Shirley’s memory, may donate to: David Suzuki Foundation.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Shirley "Momzie" Marie Uhryn

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Debra Skrabek

16 April 2021

My condolence to The Uhryn Family on the loss of a beautiful person.
Shirley had a great presence about her and was proud of who she was and of her family.
She will be missed by many.

Debra Skrabek, Calgary

Elizabeth ( Libby) Carlson

14 April 2021

I was so saddened to hear of Aunt Shirley’s passing. She was truly one of a kind...always so full of energy and with love and dedication to family, education, culture, and so much more. I have such wonderful memories of staying on the farm as a kid. She always welcomed me with open arms. She will be greatly missed by so many. She is someone who made a real difference in this world. My condolences to Bill, Myron Tamara, Donna, Sasha and your families. You were so lucky to have such an amazing lady as your mom. May your memories help you through this difficult time.

Orrist and Cheryl Fedoruk

11 April 2021

It is with sadness that we extend our condolences to the Uhryn family. From a very young age I remember the Ukrainian dancing and other Ukrainian skills classes. These were held at the Highland Park Hall where I first met Shirley and Bill. She was so pleasant and understanding. Many years later I met her at an Auction near Rycroft and we had a very pleasant visit, catching up on news. We will all miss Shirley.

Lloyd Gwin

11 April 2021

So sorry to hear of Shirleys passing: My condolences to the families. Shirley's career goal in high school was to teach. She achieved her dream and enjoyed a rewarding career doing what she loved. RIP, Shirley 💐💐

Terry Shmyr

11 April 2021

We were so very sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She touched many lives and will be fondly remembered as a true family friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Terry & Sandi Shmyr

Alana Hemmimgway

10 April 2021

My deepest condolences to the Uhryn family. I am deeply saddened to hear of Mrs. Uhryn's passing. She was an amazing woman and teacher, tough, but kind and so helpful to anyone who asked. She was a favorite teacher of mine and my sister's, and even many years after moving away from Rycroft, she always took time to chat when we would run into her. I thank her deeply for not only teaching me well, but supporting my sister Nicole's dreams when other teachers told her they were not possible. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with your students and all who met you. Rest easy, it is well deserved.

Tyson Shmyr

10 April 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Uhryn family. There are so many memories of Mrs. Uhryn growing up in Volin. As a child, it was another welcoming home for me to visit. There are so many things she taught as a teacher and they still stick in my brain after all of these years. Much love to the family.

Vicky & Ed Denis

9 April 2021

With our sincere sympathy and fond memories Bill and family. Ed and Vicky (Stanich) Denis, Spirit River.

Marvin and Marlena Shmyr

9 April 2021

Our deepest condonlenses to the Uhryn family. Shirley was a fantstic teacher, a mentor and a surrogate mom. Such a beautiful soul and a pillar of the community. Her stories and laughter will always be remembered for the pure joy they showed.

Nick Sekulic

9 April 2021

So sorry to hear this news. Shirley was a great teacher and influence and I am glad I had a chance to share that with her last time I had a chance for a good visit with her about ten years ago at a celebration in Rycroft. Our thoughts and prayers are for her and her family and friends.

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