Mary accepted Jesus as Saviour at 18. She attended Zion School and worked on the farm. In 1947, Mary began working at Bethesda, Vineland, Ont., for 2.5 years, followed by 1.5 years at Ninette (Man.) Sanatorium. She earned a teaching diploma in Winnipeg. Mary started as a full-time housekeeper, which led to babysitting for the Thorvaldsons and Hills, 2 families with 2 girls who became Mary’s source of pride and many smiles. Mary travelled to 22 countries, including India, Spain, Wales, Switzerland, Russia, Israel and Iceland. She made good friends at Lions Place, Winnipeg, 2006–2011. A stroke Oct. 2, 2011, affected her mind, and she moved to Donwood Manor, Winnipeg, Feb. 6, 2012.