Obituary ~ Dannyl Melodi (Chewy) Lang-Okemow, 1990-2010
Dannyl Melodi Lang-Okemow was born July 2, 1990 to Karen Lang and Darrell Okemow, and passed away Oct. 17, 2010, at the age of 20 years.
Dannyl was called Chewy the first day she was born. Yes, Chewy was chew. Chewy lived with her Grandma Pauline and Grandpa Fred from one month old until she was seven months old in Prince George, B.C., because her parents were living in an old house with no running water.
Chewy had lots of fun with her sister, Lenae, as they grew up together. As the years went by, her brother Nathan was born. Now these were some of the best years of Chewy’s life. She had a big sister and a little brother. Chewy was always following Lenae around everywhere. Then Nathan would follow Lenae and chewy all over. All three of them would do everything together from playing, watching TV and even driving their mother crazy... in a good way.
As a few more years passed, Dannyl experienced something that would change her life forever. On March 31, 2000 her baby brother Keygon was born. Chewy was so excited when he finally arrived. It lit up her whole life. Chewy treated him like he was her own, always there for him, helping out and doing whatever she could to help raise him. Chewy loved Keygon so much; he was the apple of her eye.
Chewy lived in Clairmont, Edmonton and Sucker Creek. She was such a happy girl, with a beautiful smile on her face. Dannyl would hide her beautiful smile until she got her braces off. After a year of having them on she was very excited to have her train tracks taken off! What a beautiful smile she had! She smiled at everyone and warmed everyone’s heart.
Dannyl loved to hang out with her friends and take off for a good week, but she always came back to take care of her family. She was a very loving girl, who loved to attend school regularly with high achievements. She graduated with E.W. Pratt’s 2008 class.
Dannyl loved children and made every effort to let them know she cared and loved them. She was the “Mother Hen” of all her family and friends.
Chewy was also very protective of all her family, always making sure everyone was happy, especially her brother Nathan on those nights he was out partying.
Birthday parties were some of the best times for the family: hotdogs, cakes and decorations. Chewy was always there to help.
Dannyl was so proud the day she got her learner’s to drive. When Dannyl would drive Lenae would get mad she didn’t know how to park, back up and, of course, was too scared to pass a vehicle.
This past spring Chewy broke her ankle on a patch of ice. She was laughing with her friends until she started to walk and realized she was hurt. She called her father at 7 a.m. and as soon as she heard his voice she started to cry. Her friends laughed but Chewy was always a baby when she heard her father’s voice. No matter what time of day it was, morning or night, when Chewy called, mother or father would go get her, whether it was Driftpile, Sturgeon Lake or in town.
Chewy was always on the go, playing sports like hockey, soccer, volleyball and baseball, but playing hockey as a goalie was her favourite. She loved her down time too, watching TV. She had lots of favourite shows, sometimes we couldn’t keep up.
Dannyl left home the day she passed away and hugged, kissed and told her nephew Denali that she loved him before leaving.
Dannyl will be sadly missed by: her parents, Karen and Darrell, her sister Lenae, her brothers Nathan and Keygon, her nephew Denali, and all her extended family and everyone who was blessed to know her.
She was predeceased by: Henry George Okemow, her Moosom; Pauline Gladue, her grandma; Shayleah Yang-Okemow, her sister; Edith Okemow, her aunt, and her uncles John and Elmer Okemow.