Lena’s family immigrated to Canada in 1925, settling in Steinbach, Man. In 1930, Yarrow, B.C., became their home. Here Lena accepted Christ as Saviour. She attended Bible school for 4 years and taught Sunday school and VBS. Only able to attend school until Grade 6, she later earned a GED. Picking raspberries and hops, and working at the Yarrow Co-op kept her busy in her 20s. In Vancouver, she worked as a live-in maid, enjoying her days off at the Maedchenheim. She studied at Vancouver General Hospital to become a licensed practical nurse. While working as an LPN, she decided to pursue a career as a teacher. She married Corney and joined him and his 3 teenagers on the farm in Chilliwack, B.C. Lena’s life was now dedicated to her new family and church. She always had hot meals and baking ready for the family and guests stopping in. Lena and Corney served as deacons at East Chilliwack (later Central) MB Church. When TV was introduced, she enjoyed cheering for the Canadiens. She liked to take her grandchildren camping. Lena made many quilts for MCC in her retirement. Losing her young stepchildren was tragic, but she remained positive. Her greatest desire was to meet her entire family in heaven. With her kind heart, she welcomed many into her home.