Mary was orphaned at 10. She lived with her brother Jake until she became a nanny. She also worked at Coaldale (Alta.) Hospital, caring for newborns. Mary attended Coaldale Bible School. She and Peter met in the church choir, married and moved to an 80-acre farm near Coaldale. Mary was a dedicated stay-at-home mother, supportive wife and talented cook and baker. In 1972, Mary and Peter moved to Abbotsford, B.C., where she joined the bowling league. Mary enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved beauty: flowers, plants, kittens and puppies. Her children treasure memories of her playing guitar and harmonica.