Savilla Margaret Heppner died Apr. 20, 2011. She was born May 16, 1930 near Waldheim, Sask. to Bernard A. and Marie Willems. Savilla asked the Lord to be her Saviour at 11 at DVBS, was baptized at 15, and joined Brotherfield (Sask.) MB Church in Grade 10. At 17, she moved to Saskatoon for teacher’s college. She taught in Carsen and Hepburn, subbed in Rosthern district, and taught 2 years at Rheinland. She taught Sunday school most of her life. Savilla married Wilfrid Heppner Oct. 12, 1956. On their dairy farm, and later on their beef and grain farm, they worked together. Savilla shared her love for Christ with everyone, whether she was serving on committees, in women’s groups, at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., or at Prison Ministries, Prince Albert, Sask. Savilla led ceramic classes and taught her daughters to sew. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the late 1980s, and became actively involved in creating awareness with the Parkinson’s Foundation. A member of Waldheim MB Church since 1994, Savilla prayed for missionaries daily, and loved to study Scripture. Predeceased by Wilfrid in 2010, 4 siblings; Savilla is mourned by children Fay (Larry) Sherwood, Pearl, Robert (Denise); 5 grandchildren; 6 siblings.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.