Paquita (Keta) Skitch

Paquita (Keta) Theresa Skitch

Thursday, April 25th, 1940 - Thursday, March 26th, 2020
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Paquita Skitch
April 25, 1940 - March 26, 2020

In the early hours of Thursday, March 26th, 2020, at the age of 79 years, our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Paquita Skitch, passed peacefully away. Paquita was born in Georgetown, Guyana on April 25th,1940 and as a young woman she worked at Booker’s Department Store where she met and married Albert Rodrigues. They moved to Calgary in 1963 with their two children, Chris and Sharon. Later, they were blessed with three more children, Lisa, Craig and Rob. In Calgary, Paquita worked at Eaton’s Department Store and Community Drug Mart before beginning her career with AGT, where she worked for many years.

Paquita was the oldest of her siblings, Maggie, Paul, Elizabeth, Tacina, Susan, Peter and Brian. Although their lives took them to different parts of Canada and the United States, they maintained a close bond through many memorable family gatherings over the years. There was delicious food, dancing, singing karaoke, and always much love and laughter.

Paquita was very devoted to her family. She loved preparing Sunday dinners and gathering with her children and grandchildren. Christmas was her favourite time of the year. There was always a beautifully decorated tree in every room and a stocking for every member of her growing family. She loved restoring antique dolls, which she proudly displayed at various doll shows. She loved to sew, creating many Halloween costumes over the years and later, outfits for the dolls in her collection.

Growing up, there was always music playing in our home. Paquita loved the oldies, especially Elvis Presley; and it was her love of Elvis that led her to join the local Elvis Fan club, where she met Brian, who later became her loving husband. Together, Brian and Paquita enjoyed many trips to Memphis and other parts of the United States, visiting family and friends. One of their favorite hobbies was collecting memorabilia, and they would search many markets and garage sales looking for hidden gems. They also enjoyed working together at their gift shop in Airdrie. They were devoted to one another and together embraced the joys of life. Although their life changed when Paquita had to move to long term care, Brian continued to devote himself to ensuring her comfort and well-being, and he was never far from her side.

Paquita’s life always reflected her strong faith in God and she demonstrated an incredible strength of spirit. She lived with dementia for many years, but even through her illness, she still found ways to show her love to her family. We will remember her gentle smile and the way her eyes would light up when her loved ones were near. Paquita inspired us with her quiet courage and her unwavering faith. We loved her dearly, and will miss her smiles, hugs, and unending love. She will be forever in our hearts.

Paquita is survived by her husband Brian; her children: Chris (Vicky), Sharon (Dave), Lisa (Dale), Craig (Kerry), Rob (Christie) and daughter-in-law, Barb; her grandchildren: Ryan (Jacqueline), Jillian (Rori), Grayson, Denae (Dalyn), Brett, Josh, Jordain, Kristian, and Aiden; and nine great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her mother Muriel, her sister Tacina, and her brother Paul.

Our family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff and volunteers at Cedars Villa, Poplar Unit, who cared for Paquita with compassion and grace.

“Go in peace, God be with you.
Go in peace, be at rest, with the saints and the angels.
Now you are free. Go in peace.”

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Paquita please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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Posted at 02:28am
Dear Brian - Thank you for sharing all the beautiful memories of Paquita with me. Her beautiful smile is what I remember most along with her loving heart. I know you will miss her much and I pray for God's Grace to get you through this difficult time. Please take care of yourself and know we are sending you Memphis Love during this time. Heaven gained another angel and it is much sweeter with her there.

We love you and please keep us posted on how you are doing. Take Care - Reggie

Regina Gambill| Vice President of Operations/General Manager
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. | Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd. | Memphis, TN 38116

Dave Skitch

Posted at 10:00pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Dave Skitch

Posted at 09:51pm
So sorry for your loss, our deepest condolences go out to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dave and Michael Skitch


Posted at 10:43pm
Loving you always, needing you wanting to be with you now. Hugs kisses Oh you were so beautiful and attractive . Faith in the Lord and love for others
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Margaret McKinney

Posted at 10:08pm
Farewell my beautiful sister. Such memories of us growing up in Guyana and being a part of your wedding and the birth of your two children in Guyana. I was there when your 2 children were born and took walks with them. The time i lived with you in Calgary was so special and spent time with you and your children. You will be missed but i know you are at peace and in the loving arms with Jesus and Mary and reunited with Mom and Paul. Missing you but so happy i was able to see you. Love and prayers for you and your beautiful family.🙏😇

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