Alexandria GregoryAlexandria Gregory, 93, Glendive, Mont., passed away Tuesday, March 5, at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care in Glendive.
Alexandria Gregory, 93, Glendive, Mont., passed away Tuesday, March 5, at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care in Glendive.
Our Mom has waited 27 years to be with our Dad and once again she stands by his side.
Visitation is 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. A vigil service is at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive.
A Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Monday, March 11, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive, with Rev. Joseph Ponessa officiating. Rite of committal will be in the Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive.
Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Alexandria was born March 14, 1919, in Gorham, the daughter of John and Anna (Chruszch) Ewoniuk Jr.
At the age of 13, Alexandria moved to her grandmother’s farm and worked there for several years. In June of 1935, at the age of 16, she successfully completed the Main School of Ukrainian National Dance which was taught by New York artist and ballet master Vasyl Avramenko. This love of dancing took her to numerous cities in North Dakota and Canada.
On May 21, 1939, she was united in marriage to Jack Gregory at St. Josephat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Gorham in a double wedding ceremony.
Her love of dance and music also had her singing in the Ukrainian Church Choir. At Christmas time, the church choir would always go caroling, house to house, by horse and sleigh.
As a couple, Alexandria and Jack farmed for several years until Jack became employed by Northern Pacific Railroad. He was transferred July 4, 1957, and they moved their family to Glendive.
Alexandria worked as a waitress and cook at the Lazy H & M Cafe, N.P. Lunchroom and various other businesses.
The house was always filled with family and friends, especially during the holidays when the traditional Ukrainian foods were cooked and everyone had a hand in the preparation. The Ukrainian traditions were instilled in the family and continue to this day.
With her Ukrainian heritage, she grew up in a Ukrainian speaking household and even after leaving her Ukrainian roots she carried her accent with her throughout her life as her friends and family can attest to.
Weekends included several games of pinochle with neighbors and friends, and a good time was always had.
Alexandria enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and dancing. She especially enjoyed the Ukrainian music of polkas and waltzes and attending the Ukrainian Festival in Dickinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; two brothers, Sye and Matt Ewonuik; three sisters, Carrie Ewoniuk, Joyce Yourk and Julia Makaruk; son-in-law, Mel Bishop and one great-great-granddaughter.
Survivors include her three daughters, Gloria Bishop of Dickinson, Rita Gregory and Cindy Gregory both of Glendive; three grandchildren, Myron (Kathy) Bishop of Lander, Wyo., Joyce Bishop of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Greg Bishop of Baird, Texas; 13 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and one sister-in-law, Pearl Ewoniuk of Dickinson. She was honored by having a great-great-niece named after her.
Memorials are suggested to the Ukrainian Culture Institute at P.O. Box 6, Dickinson, ND 58602.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com.
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