Marie Genevieve Kubinec (Hourihan), a gracious and loving servant of God, passed away peacefully with many family members by her side on Saturday, January 2nd at the St. Mary's Extended Health Care Center in Trochu, Alberta, at the age of 95. Marie was the eldest of 11 children, born in Trochu to Walter and Marion Hourihan in 1920. She attended the Manor country school from grades 1-10, and finished high school in Three Hills, having only 5 teachers in total. In 1938, Marie studied at Normal School in Calgary to become a teacher. She taught at the one-roomed country schools of Greenleaf, Lumni, and Manor, as well as the Three Hills town school. She rode horseback, avidly played baseball as catcher for Ghost Pine, and loved participating in all the Sports Days, country-dances and Christmas concerts. In the Hourihan home, she was taught that God came first and lived this faith throughout her entire life by her loving service to others. On July 25, 1945, Marie married Joseph Kubinec and enjoyed 55 years of married life before Joe's passing in 2001. They raised nine children on the Joan of Arc Ranch in the Ghost Pine community. As an active member of a large family involved in many aspects of community life, Marie was a 77 year member of the Catholic Women's League, a 75 year member of the Royal Purple, a lifetime member of the Ghost Pine Community Group, and a faithful member of the Lumni Church community. She was well respected in the community for the kindness and compassion she demonstrated to all. She inspired everyone to use their God-given talents for the benefit of others. Many people lived in the Kubinec home, enjoying Marie's unconditional love, generosity, and hospitality. She was a mother to many. Her home was always open to share a meal, a bed, abundant laughter, and good fun. Her quiet, calm, steady demeanor carried her through many life challenges. Marie was selfless, non-judgmental, constantly thankful, and she never complained. Her life was an example for us all. Marie will be lovingly remembered by her children: Pat (Gloria); Kay (George Frere); Michael (Wendy); Tim (Maureen); Ted (Joan); Sara (John); Joe (Maryanne); Kevin (Eleanor); Joan (Doug), 27 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memory are her two sisters, Helen (Colin MacIsaac), Joan (Dave Ferraro), sisters-in-law, Myra Hourihan, Josephine (David Congdon), Amy Dattenberger, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Marion Hourihan, husband Joe Kubinec, brothers and sisters Patricia, Joseph, Frank, Patrick, Walter, and Joey Hourihan, Theresa (Semon) Faber, and Rita (Jack) Haggarty, infants Mary and Alexander Kubinec, Barbara (Andy) Stipkala, Mary (Ross) Kinsella, Helen Deal, Ernie Dattenberger and Edward Kubinec, son in-law George Frere, and great granddaughter Blair Kubinec. The funeral mass to celebrate Marie's life will be held on Friday, January 8th 2016 at St. Anne of the Prairies Catholic Church in Trochu, Alberta. Prayer service Thursday, January 7th, 7 p.m. at St. Anne's, Trochu as well. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Health Care Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Kneehill Funeral Services 442-2123 or 443-5111.