Mary’s family immigrated to Canada, arriving in Namaka, Alta., in 1927. Mary accepted Jesus as Saviour as a girl, but the deaths of 2 younger sisters in close succession caused turmoil in her faith. Her faith in God’s love was renewed in her 3 years at Coaldale (Alta.) Bible School, where she enjoyed singing in choirs. Returning home, she was baptized. Mary and Jake raised 10 children on the family farm in Coaldale. Growing, cooking and preserving their own food became Mary’s life. She made quilts for each of her children and many in need. Because of Alzheimer’s disease, Mary and Jake spent her last years in Sunny South Lodge, Coaldale. Music and reading were her lifelong loves.