Peters, Elma


Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday December 8, 2018 at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Friday at Wiebe Funeral Home, WINKLER with family service to follow at 7PM at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in MORDEN. Interment prior to the service at the Blumenort Cemetery (near Gretna). Donations may be made in Elma's memory to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) designated to Water Projects.


Elma Peters (nee Tiessen)

September 29,1929 – December 5, 2018 

Our mom, Elma, daughter of Isaac and Catherine Tiessen, grew up with five sisters and three brothers in Southern Saskatchewan. Theirs was a fun-loving and hard-working family during the Depression. Instead of ‘giving up’ her parents chose to trust that God would take care of them thru the hardships of the ’30’s. 

Mom and her two older sisters learned to play the guitar, since singing was a natural family pastime; the younger sisters played the piano. Mom enjoyed a variety of music genres. Even after she didn’t have a strong voice to sing along with hymns and choruses at church, she appreciated being a silent participant. 

Ever learning…ever teaching…thanks to mom’s efforts, we all learned to read and write in more than one language. Mom encouraged her children and grandchildren to study, celebrating accomplishments and attending graduations as possible. Our mom loved school and would have attended university had life circumstances afforded her the opportunity. Her curiosity and enjoyment of information, especially history and geography remained a key part of mom’s life and the set of encyclopedias beside the kitchen table was her all time favorite. 

After graduating from the MCI, she completed Normal School and married Dan Peters who was also an MCI and Normal School graduate. Mom and dad shared a love for teaching and they both taught in Southern Manitoba before moving to Mexico where teaching wasn’t restricted to classrooms nor prescribed curriculum but became a lifestyle they would be remembered for. 

We girls observed first hand mom’s commitment as dad’s ministry partner. She was intentional in including her family in this posture of daily obedience and ministry, serving those God sent their way. 

Upon their return to Canada mom and dad continued to be active in church ministry. Mom told us that she couldn’t remember a time when she doubted her faith and couldn’t trust God. 

Mom passed away on Wednesday December 5, 2018 and leaves to mourn, her four daughters: Ellie and Gary Loewen and children – Charlotte, Rosanna, Dan and their families; Dorothy Peters, Louise and Barry Braun, Irene and Hans Friesen and children – Evelyn, Konrad and families, Karl and Kevin. 

Our mom continues to be dearly loved, and we her family will miss her very much.  

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

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