Constance Avilla Mah
(June 17, 1946 - June 1, 2020)
Connie (Constance) Avilla Mah was the youngest child born to Anna and Joe Lamoriss on June 17, 1946 in Drumheller, AB. The family moved to their farm in Bawlf in 1951, and after completing high school, Connie became a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, graduating from Essondale Hospital’s (Port Coquitlam, BC) program in 1968. She returned to Camrose and worked at Rosehaven alongside her mother who was a Senior Ward Aide; Connie would eventually become the Afternoon/Evening Relief Supervisor.
In 1970, Connie married Jun Mah, and in 1976 turned her attention full-time to their photography business on Main Street. Jun Mah Studio served the Camrose community for more than 40 years. Family was the utmost priority; Connie devoted her time and talents to her two daughters. Countless dance costumes were sewn with love, not just for her own girls but for many students of both Camrose Academy of Dance and Ballet Camrose. She logged countless hours at horse shows, dance festivals, swim meets, and airshows across Alberta. Her creativity was boundless and she displayed her skills in the arts of stained glass, ceramics, card-making, and sewing; most avidly in the last few years as an active quilter with the wonderful ladies at Quilting from the Heart. A canoeist and camper, Connie had a great love of nature and the outdoors and especially her cabin at Buffalo Lake. Always a farm girl at heart, she looked forward to hauling grain at harvest time and celebrating that magical moment when the last of the crop landed in the bin. Connie’s life was greatly enriched by her family, friends, pets, and hobbies, and she felt truly honoured to be adopted as ‘Grandma Mah’ by Patricia & Charlie Vanden Dungen.
Left to honour her memory is her husband of nearly 50 years, Jun; daughters Jadene and Junelle; best friend Robert Young; the Vanden Dungen family; sister Doreen Collins, brother Ian (Darlene) Lamoriss, sister-in-law Joyce Lamoriss; and many extended family in Canada, the United States and China. She is sorely missed by her faithful cat, Barney. Connie was predeceased by her parents, Anna and Joe Lamoriss, and brother Ross Lamoriss.
At this time, no formal service will be held.
Connie's family would like to extend their thanks to Unit 2 and the staff at St. Mary's Hospital for the wonderful care she received. Their compassionate and spiritual dedication to her care was greatly appreciated as her courageous battle with ovarian cancer came to a peaceful end.
In lieu of flowers (Mom said Barney would likely eat them), donations may be made in Connie’s memory to the Battle River Community Foundation.