DeCOCK, Shaelynn Rhea
It is with heavy hearts, the family of Shaelynn DeCock announces her passing at the age of 29 years. After a week in a coma, Shaelynn transitioned from our world surrounded by loved ones at the Royal Alex Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta on August 2, 2023.
Shaelynn is survived by her mother Cindy DeCock, her grandmother Marilyn McLaughlin, and her Uncle Joe. She leaves behind her boyfriend (Amirnezman) Nader Abtahai and her best friend Lacey Psybyla as well as many close friends.
She was predeceased by her grandfather Harvey DeCock on December 21, 2021.
Shaelynn Rhea DeCock arrived fashionably late on January 13, 1994, after her mom Cindy spent 55 hours in labour at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.
From a very young age, Shaelynn’s feminine qualities stood out with her love for hair, beauty and of course the color pink. She developed a strong connection with animals and took and interest in caring for the family pets.
Shays’ blended family consisted of her stepdad Mike and two step-siblings. She enjoyed many summers camping throughout B.C. with them. Shay was exposed to many cultures growing up as her family participated in the student exchange program for many years. She excelled at Cadets and moved up the ranks quickly, becoming a leader as 2nd Class Senior Petty Officer. Her best high-school friends were Jayden Strephuk and Chelsea Farrah.
After high school, Shay waitressed at various nightclubs and restaurants around Edmonton. She moved to Sylvan Lake in 2015 to be closer to her grandmother Marilyn, with whom she had a very strong and special bond. She moved back to Edmonton in the summer of 2022 where she met her boyfriend Nader.
Shaelynn had an uncanny way of connecting with people spiritually and touched many with her messages. She made a memorable impression on everyone she met, developing meaningful and profound relationships remembered fondly by even those who lost touch over the years. Her generous and caring heart showed with her thoughtful gifts and attention to detail in others lives.
Shay’s dream was to use her life experiences and create life coaching workshops and programs as well as becoming a motivational speaker focused on women empowerment and escaping abuse. We hope to make this dream a reality in honour of her legacy.
A celebration will be held on Saturday at the Accidental Beach in Edmonton, Alberta. Her ashes will be spread by her very close loved ones on Sylvan Lake at a later date. Instead of wearing black, we encourage attendees to wear pink, in remembrance of Shay’s favourite color. As an animal enthusiast, donations in her name may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society.