Louise Wiebe died June 18, 2011 at 97. She was born Sept. 26, 1913 in Bezenchuk, Russia to Henry and Helena Toews. When Louise was 4, the house caught fire, and 2 siblings died. In 1924, the family immigrated to Saskatchewan. Louise ended school with Grade 7. She was baptized at 18. Louise wanted to attend nursing school, but there was a crop failure, so she continued cleaning houses. She attended Bethany Bible School, Hepburn, Sask. While teaching VBS, staying with friend Alma Dyck, she met Alma’s brother Albert. Aug. 7, 1938, they were married in Virgil, Ont. They farmed in Saskatchewan 9 years. They moved to B.C., where Albert worked at Dueck’s Building Supplies. In 1959, they bought concrete company Valley Rite Mix. In 1969, Albert died of leukemia. When Louise recovered, she served in the church. She was a hospitable person who was concerned about people who did not know Jesus. She married widowed brother-in-law Paul Wiebe Aug. 15, 1981. They cared for elderly and sick people and supported missionaries. Louise spent many hours volunteering, quilting, and sewing for the Red Cross where she was chairperson. She also worked for MCC, with ladies groups in church, and at the community centre making soup. October 2006, Paul died. Lousie moved to Tabor Home. Louise was a prayer warrior, and a member of Clearbrook MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C. Predeceased by Albert, Paul, son Edward in 1988, son James in 2011, 1 great-grandchild; Louise is mourned by daughters Verna (John) Wiens, Eileen (Peter) Howard-Jones; daughter-in-law Mary Dyck; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.