Mary’s family immigrated to Canada in 1927, settling in Haskett, Man. She was disappointed when her schooling ended after Grade 7. Thereafter, her days were filled with chores and housework. She became an accomplished seamstress, sewing her own and her daughters’ wedding dresses. Mary was quarantined in the St. Boniface Sanatorium for tuberculosis for 2 years, only permitted to wave at her toddlers through a window. She was blessed with health and energy when her grandchildren were born and enjoyed them fully. In 1999, a stroke ended her handiwork. Through medical problems, even as she questioned “Why?” Mary’s faith remained strong.