Elvira attended high school in Readymade, Alta., Bible school in Coaldale, Alta., and teacher’s training in Calgary. She taught primary grades for a few years before marrying John. They raised their family and farmed together. Upon retirement in 1989, John and Elvira moved into Coaldale. Elvira had an unwavering faith in God – lived out in loving commitment to her husband, children, church, and community. She served children’s programs, musical groups, and committees, and volunteered at the Coaldale Health Centre and the MCC Thrift Store. She offered hospitality gladly and eagerly supported any event in which her family participated. A fearless traveller to the end, Elvira let her curiosity and love of nature lead her to places near and far. She loved words, and often read to others, translated documents from German, helped with other’s memoirs, and corresponded with the MB Herald. As her children left home, they received hundreds of letters and later emails, detailing interesting encounters or family news. It was her way of keeping the family connected and reminding them of her deep and consistent love.