Although the Enns farm was unharmed by the Communist Revolution, in the 1920s, Sarah’s family immigrated to Canada, settling first in Zeneta, Sask., where Sarah received some schooling. (The lack of opportunity for education was her greatest regret; she remained an avid reader.) On their farm in Yarrow, B.C., Sarah worked alongside adults in the hop yards, and later as a domestic in Chilliwack, B.C., and Vancouver. Sarah and Jake were the first Mennonites in Yarrow to take a honeymoon, and their marriage was long and happy. In 1967, they moved Abbotsford, B.C., and after Jake died, Bakerview Church gathered around her, filling some of the void. Sarah was a persistent volunteer, serving Bakerview’s tape ministry and MCC’s thrift store. Until her recent injuries and illnesses, she appeared unstoppable. Devoted to family, Sarah had a crusty exterior and a tender heart.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.