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Marie (Hiebert) Doerksen

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Due to hard times under Communist rule, Marie’s parents left Russia for Canada in 1924, settling in New Dundee, Ont. Later, they bought a 50-acre farm near Erie View, Ont., where Marie enjoyed school until she graduated from Grade 8. At 15, she went to work as a domestic worker, where she met David, who was working on a neighbouring farm. They married April 1939, and that July, they were both baptized into Port Rowan (Ont.) MB Church. In 1943, David’s dream of owning his own farm became reality. Times were hard at the beginning, but they had each other and worked together to raise 4 children there. Marie always said it a wonderful life. Across the road from their farm, they built their retirement home, where they lived until David had a stroke in 1999. David moved to Tabor in January 2000, and a month later, Marie joined him. David died 2 years later. Marie treasured family visits and prayed for each member by name daily. Until the last few years, her hands were always busy crocheting. Her word search puzzles, books, and music filled many hours.

  • Birth: November 26, 1919
  • Birthplace:
    Rueckenau, Ukraine
  • Death: August 25, 2018
  • Parents:
    Henrik & Katharina Hiebert
  • Married:
    David Doerksen, April 1939 [d. 2002]
  • Family:
    children Elizabeth (d. Arthur Kutz), Martin (Selma), Linda (Wilbert Unger), Ellen (Bill Reimer); 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren
  • Baptism:
    Port Rowan (Ont.) MB, July 1943