DUNKI, Maria Eleanore

May 17, 1946 – September 9, 2017


On the morning of September 9th we said farewell to Maria Dunki. She battled lung cancer for over a year, but in the end she passed peacefully with dignity and grace. She was surrounded by family, all grateful for the time to say the things we needed to say. Maria was a professor, a mother, a wife, a horsewoman, and most of all a fiercely independent spirit.

Maria is being cremated, and her ashes spread on her beloved family ranch, as was her wish. There will be no services. If you wish to express condolences, written cards are preferred. They can be sent to P.O. Box 1141, Cochrane AB, T4C 1B2, Canada.

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  1. On September 12, 2017 at 7:05 am Sylvia Kofoed Provan Said:

    Dear Bill, Meredith and family, and Quinn,

    Sending love and heartfelt sympathy on Maria’s passing.

    God bless,

  2. On September 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm Marilyn Will Said:

    Dear Bill, Quinn, Meredith and family,
    I am very sorry to learn of Maria’s passing. I know she gave this journey her ‘best shot’. All of us, who have known her for so many years, through Mount Royal College/University will miss her. Through her teaching, she impacted many people. May each of you find Peace in your special memories.
    Sincerely, Marilyn

  3. On September 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm Marilyn Will Said:

    I just realized that this lovely picture of Maria shows the back of one of the benches at the TBCC. Many of you may not know that Maria, in true Maria form — agitated until this bench was put in place. It is at the rear door to the TBCC Radiation Oncology area. Prior to Maria’s thoughtful ACTION, people did not have a place to sit, as they waited for their chauffeurs. I have heard of others who are most appreciative of this bench,in this location. Way to go, Maria!

  4. On September 13, 2017 at 9:51 am Jean Miller Said:

    Dear Bill, Meredith and family, and Quinn
    “A fiercely independent spirit”: what a perfect way to describe Maria. I was one of Maria’s nursing colleagues at MRU/University where she brought a lot of commitment and passion to her teaching. Her retired colleagues heard that passion again when she talked of her municipal work, and of course her love of her horses. I am so sorry for your loss and wish each of you Peace and Healing. Jean Miller