Mary Wiebe (nee Dueck)
1917 - 2009
 
Wiebe Mary SQ.jpgOn Sunday March 15, 2009 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Mary Wiebe aged 91 years of Morden, MB formerly of La Riviere, MB went to her eternal rest.
Mary was born on Dec. 22, 1917 in Neu Samara, Russia, to Peter and Maria Dueck, amidst the chaos and horrors of the Russian Revolution. In 1926, her family immigrated to Canada where they settled first around Niverville, and then Boissevain and took up farming. Mary gave her heart and life to the Lord Jesus at an early age, and rededicated herself to God at age 14, was baptized and joined the Boissevain M.B. Church. Four years later, in 1936, she contracted polio, and was miraculously healed. She attended Winkler Bible Institute where she met the love of her life, John Wiebe whom she married Sept. 29, 1939. That marriage was to last for 58 years, years of hard work and dedicated service, but also years with many rewards and great joys. Mary and John worked as a team on their farm overlooking the beautiful valley at La Riviere, and she loved helping with the harvest. During those years four children were born to them: Lois, Irvin, Alice and Arnold. Although these were very busy times, Mary and John served, and gave leadership to the Manitou M.B. Church for more than 17 years. Many were the times that Mary hosted missionaries and conference ministers such as F. C. Peters, A. H. Unruh, and others in her home. Her view was that she and her family were indelibly enriched through the lives of these godly people. In 1973, Mary and John retired to Morden where she continued to be involved in the life of the community and church serving as a Sunday School teacher and leading Bible studies, and working tirelessly in the Thrift Shop. She also spent many hours sewing beautiful quilts, and dresses and pyjamas for her grandchildren. She and John spent seven winters in the Philippines as guest helpers with Wycliffe Bible Translators; she considered these years to be the highlight of their retirement. Her motto was, “Life is brief and eternity is long” and she wanted to use the time she had left to “do those things that count for eternity.” Following John’s death in February 1997, Mary continued to serve until a stroke initiated a decline in her health. Even so, she continued to spend many hours in prayer for her family, her church, missionaries, and many others. In February 2009, she was admitted to the BTHC, where she spent the remaining weeks of her life. She passed into the presence of her Lord on Sunday, March 15th, 2009.
She is lovingly remembered by her children Lois and Arthur Loewen, Irvin and Annemarie, Alice and Paul Meisner and Arnold and Hilda; 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Saturday March 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Westside Community Church.  Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
in care of arrangements. 

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