03/13/1942 - 12/11/2023

Beloved wife, mother and friend.  Abby was born in Winnipeg, Canada, on March 13, 1942, and passed away at the age of 81 on December 11, 2023, in Gilbert, AZ.

She was married with two children.  Abby was a forensic accountant, and past President of the accounting society ASWA.

She is survived by her husband Shael and sons Darren and Robert.

Abby will be interred at Gilbert Memorial Park. There will not be a service but donations in Abby’s name can be made to the Arizona Small Dog Rescue: https://azsmalldog.org/



  • I couldn’t capture a whole life in these words. I thought that it was best to leave that to the memories of the people who cared about her. Farewell mama.

  • Jill and Brian Hill

    Abby was a great and supportive friend, she will be dearly missed. ❤️

  • Brenda Barrie Bursten

    Abby was my beloved cousin by marriage and dear dear friend. Like Shael and Abby my husband Sid and I lived in many cities so we shared that experience. And they were so kind and loving people to us and to my parents. I will
    Miss her her terribly.

  • Abby I miss you so much. I regret all the years we missed out on and I’m so happy you contacted me when you did. We were beginning to forge a strong sisters’ bond and you became my role model. You were kind and compassionate, strong and capable and always wise. Thank you for loving me, letting me love you, and for being the best big sister ever. 💔

  • Grace Gordon-Collins

    Abby was quite simply one of my oldest friends . We met in Winnipeg in the 1960 ,s and just clicked. With those long legs she sure looked better in a mini skirt then I did!Abby was so smart and so wise , and so tall and beautiful she could have been from central casting. If you asked me to describe Abby in one word it would be kind. I so miss this kind and beautiful woman. I share with my friend Shael and the family my profound sadness at their loss.

  • Abby had a strong sense of moral justice. She loathed hypocrisy. Her ethical values and sense of justice and the desire to ‘right a wrong’ inspired her to root out fraudulent activity which was probably what attracted her to forensic accounting. She displayed her intellect and talent in this profession.
    I admired her sense of adventure and her capacity to move to different cities and seek new opportunities. I also admired her devotion to her husband.
    She always remembered the kindness that my mother showed her and she reciprocated by supporting my mother in her time of need.
    I always enjoyed talking to her. My last image of Abby was the vivacious person going shopping and loudly decrying the dangers to the US of various politicians.
    She will be missed by people who loved her.

  • The world has lost a treasure. Abby was a loving, kind, helpful, sincere friend to so many from all ethnicities worldwide. She was always there for me in time of need offering support not just emotionally but with kind gestures.
    Rest in peace my friend

  • I first met Abby and Shael in Winnipeg in1964, after arriving in Canada from Australia. My husband worked with Shael for several months and Abby invited me to stay with her which was such a kind act to a total stranger.I remember going to a ball in Winnipeg, decked out in Abby’s mink stole, of course terrified that someone would steal it!
    Ken and I taught in Canada for four years and then returned to Australia. Ever since,Abby and I have been in contact through letters at first and then many emails.
    What an amazing career Abby had with her accounting skills. However, her role as wife ,mother and friend were her greatest achievements. I thank her for her kindness to me and I shall miss her friendship, wisdom and love.
    Vale My friend

  • My deepest sympathies to the family for this loss.
    Rest in peace

  • How lucky I was to have just visited Abbey this summer. Life long friends, we were able to pick up after many years apart just as if we had seen each other yesterday. I will miss you so much. I am thinking of you all.
    With love from Bev and Len

  • Abby & Shael were our first friend in Winnipeg 50 years ago. Abby was an amazing person and a great friend. She became part of my family and I will miss her dearly. Rest in peace dearest Abby my special friend I will never forget you.

  • Pat and Dale Petersen

    Dear Shael and family. Abbey and I met in Winnipeg in 1965 and neighbors during a big snowstorm. We enjoyed each others company and humour! Abby kept in touch and we met again when they came to our farm in a small town in Saskatchewan. It wasn’t until 2005 after we retired that we wintered in Phoenix and Abbey and Shael came to stay with us for a holiday. They loved Phoenix so much that they bought a home there and we got to see them every winter. So many great visits and conversations and laughter!! Abbey was a wonderful friend to me. We had so many interests together. We comforted each other during the sad times and celebrated during the happy times. Abbey will never be forgotten and I love her and Shael so very much! Rest in peace my dear friend!

  • The Reichardt family is remembering all the fun times we had on our visits together with Aunt Abby, Uncle Shael, Darren and Robert in Winnipeg when were kids. We laughed so hard we cried and have many fond memories. Aunt Abby was wonderful to our family and made all 20 of us hats to keep us warm in the cold Winnipeg winters. She was generous with her time and advice to all of us. In her later years I had many long conversations with her about life, family and our changing world. Aunt Abby we will miss you! Love you, The Reichardt Family

  • Mary Erlenborn & Tom Templeton

    Abby was a special and dear friend for close to 35 years. In the professional realm, she was a savvy and perceptive mentor during our ASWA days (80’s/90’s) and was very generous with her time and talents in supporting others in the accounting profession.

    Our visits with Abby and Charles were always a feast with her wonderful cooking skills (all those annotated cookbooks she kept!), and she captivated us with her reminisces about her life’s many twists and turns. We could always count on Abby for her astute and pithy commentaries on the political follies of the day. Abby was such a dog lover, and we will always picture her with a furry friend on her lap.

    We will especially miss the pleasure of hearing Abby’s voice and texting back and forth with her on topics great and small. Our sympathies to Charles and all those who loved her. Rest in peace, cherished friend.

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