Mary Elda Peters died June 12, 2010. She was born Nov. 3, 1923 near Mennon, Sask. to Fred and Agatha (Janzen) Dirks. She learned to do many farm chores. Due to health problems, she only completed part of sixth grade. At 15, she ruptured her appendix and learned she may die. On the operating table, she gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ. July 30, 1939, she was baptized along with her three sisters into Dalmeny (Sask.) MB Church. Mary did massage work with a licensed masseur in Saskatoon, Sask., for 10 years. Oct. 16, 1954, Mary married Arthur Peters and joined Hepburn (Sask.) MB Church. They lived on the Peters’ farm near Hepburn, where she continued to treat clients for another 30 years, until surgery and radiation for breast cancer left her without the strength. Mary was active in her church’s ladies’ aid and as an usher. She enjoyed singing and listening to Gaither music videos and concerts. After a stroke in 2004 took most of her speech, she could still sing. Her son sang with her the old songs she knew. She went into St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, May 25, following another stroke. Mary will be remembered as artistic, supportive of her husband and son, a woman who loved Jesus and nature and made the world a brighter place. Predeceased by 1 brother, 5 miscarriages; Mary is mourned by Arthur; son Victor; 4 siblings; inlaws.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.