Jolene Allison WIGINGTON
Sudden and unexpectedly, on September 5, 2022, Jolene Wigington of Beaver County passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was 44 years of age.
Jolene is lovingly remembered by her husband Joe and five children: Randi Probe, Avery Bowers (Terry Landry), Kennedy Wigington, Brody Wigington and Riley Wigington.
She also leaves her parents Alan and Denise Bileski of Ardrossan and her sister Carla (Mike) Inkster of Sherwood Park and their children Blake and Kiera.
Jolene will be missed by her maternal grandmother Gisele Weir of Duvernay, AB, her god-mother Roberta Tarkowski of St. Paul, her god-father Reg Lavallee of Duvernay, AB, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Jolene was predeceased by her grandparents, Mike and Bertha Bileski her grandfather Barney Weir, her uncle Leonard Weir, Michael Bileski, Damon Bileski and Joe’s parents Ron and Shirley Wigington.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Laurent Roman Catholic Church in Brosseau, AB.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Jolene was born on February 10, 1978, to proud parents Denise Bileski (nee Weir) and Alan Bileski. She was born at 8:24 PM at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. She weighed 6 lbs. 11.5 oz. and was 20 3/4” long. Jolene was a beautiful baby with nice pink skin because she was 2 weeks past the due date. We could not have asked for a better baby as she loved her sleep and was sleeping through the night at 3 weeks old. Most people thought we were exaggerating but some people witnessed it for themselves.
Jolene was a quick learner also, she walked at 10 months old, was talking in sentences at 18 months old, and potty trained at 20 months old. When Jolene turned 2 years old we bought her a two wheeled bike with training wheels. She rode her bike all winter in the basement and in the spring rode it outdoors but wanted her Dad to take off the training wheels. The training wheels came off and away she went down the sidewalk with Dad chasing her just in case. The training wheels never had to be put back on like we thought.
On August 27, 1980 Jolene became a big sister and was excited to have a life size baby doll to play with. The girls were very close when they were little, spending hours playing together and entertaining each other. As typically happens, they were not as close as the pre-teen years approached but soon started hanging out as teenagers. After they got married and started their families, they spent a lot of time together making many happy memories.
When Jolene was 3 years old we bought her a pair of training skates and after a few shuffles, off she skated. Same thing with water skiing. At 4 years old Jolene was interested in trying to water ski. Dad made brackets on small skis and tied them so they would stay close together. The ski rope pulled on the front bracket which also held the rope handle. Jolene would stand in about 4 inches of water and dad would run to pull her. A few times and she wanted to try behind the boat. Same thing except now the boat was doing the work. Dad would drive for a bit then mom would keep the boat on a straight path and dad would pull Jolene along the side of the boat and then lift her in. Jolene enjoyed this tremendously but then of course she wanted Carla to try. Same routine and it was Carla being towed by dad, but the following season Carla would ski behind the boat. A few years later Jolene moved on to using junior skis and after a few tries was up. Then she wanted to try slalom. Dad would ski beside Jolene and show her how to shift her weight and see which leg would be the lead one and which one would be better in the back boot. Determined to succeed Jolene tried many times until she had the task under control. After a couple of years she learned how to come out of the water with just the slalom ski. Once again a quick learner as she was determined and not afraid to try.
Jolene completed grade 1 in Edmonton and that summer we moved to an acreage near Ardrossan where she attended school. This was the best move we ever made as before we unloaded the truck both girls met kids in the subdivision and were off bike riding. Both girls loved the area and were always outside riding bikes, playing games, playing ball and even hockey in the winter. Jolene always loved sports, especially ball. In school she was on the basketball and volleyball teams. She played on a fastball team as a teenager and as an adult. She always enjoyed team sports and was very competitive.
From the age of 8 to 15 Jolene took piano lessons. She was a very good piano player and went high enough in the Royal Conservatory music exams to be able to teach beginner piano. She also sang and competed in the Kiwanis Festival and Sherwood Park Music Festival. She once told her aunt she had also sang on television. When questioned, she said her dad took her off because she was scratching the top of the TV climbing on. Her dad used to tell this story to his friends and she thought it was funny so she used this quote when the opportunity arose.
In 1998 Jolene had the first of two daughters. Avery was born on November 09, 1998. Jolene married Joe Wigington on April 04 2004 and a second daughter followed with the birth of Kennedy on February 03, 2005. Jolene was excited to find out she was pregnant again and it was a boy. Brody was born on August 27, 2006. When she became pregnant again, she was surprised but felt it was meant to be. When Riley was born on February 20, 2009 she truly felt that her family was complete.
Jolene enjoyed being a stay at home mom and had unconditional love for her kids and family. She always put their needs first, striving to be the best mom. She was very excited for Avery to make her a Grandma in November. Jolene and Joe enjoyed many family outings which included camping, water skiing, knee boarding, snowmobiling, snow skiing, snowboarding, quadding, and many family vacations. Their favorite holiday was to Kauai in Hawaii.
Right from young Jolene was always rescuing some animal from harm’s way. Just about every pet we owned was either abandoned or made its way into our yard. Of course we had to keep it! Just a couple of years ago she gathered up 3 kittens from her grandparent’s farm and took them home. Their mother had died so she became their mother and bottle fed them back to being healthy. One was sick and did die but the other 2 are still at her place happy and healthy.
Jolene accomplished so much in her short life. She attended Alberta College to get her Transcription Diploma and transcribed for the hearing impaired. She did this briefly from home and then went to work for a law firm as a Legal Assistant in Edmonton until the family moved to Beaver County. She stayed at home raising her young family. Once Riley began school, Jolene decided to work with Joe at their company. She did this for a couple of years doing the accounting and payroll. Jolene had an opportunity to work for a lawyer in Tofield. This was the field of work she enjoyed. She became a Commissioner for Oaths / Paralegal at this time also. The children were attending Cornerstone Christian Academy School so Jolene decided it would be closer to work there. She did work for them for a couple of years and did volunteer work to raise funds for the school. Jolene then had an opportunity to work for the Village of Riley as an assistant to the CAO where she was presently employed. Jolene found this job very challenging and rewarding at the same time.
Jolene had the biggest heart and was always willing and eager to help anyone that she knew needed a helping hand. We are so glad we have done so many things together as a family. Camping, fishing, holidays, family meals, special celebrations at her grandparents, and this included all the extended family. Her grandmother, sister, brother in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, and work associates will miss her because she touched so many people in her life. She wasn’t only our first born daughter, she was also our best friend and we will miss our chats, texts, and visits. Rest in Peace Jolene and we will always love you.