Mom was born in the small village of Limerick, Saskatchewan, on March 4, 1941, the third child of Arnold L. and Lydia Meginbir. She grew up on the family farm between Mazenod and Mossbank Saskatchewan. She drove the grain truck and loved baking. Mom desperately wanted to be in the local baking contest each year, but it was only for adults. One year she convinced her mom to enter a cake under her mom's name, and it won the contest! She went to boarding school at Caronport, Saskatchewan from grade 9-11 and after that she worked at the truck stop in Caronport where she made several friends she was still in touch with the rest of her life.
Mom moved to Saskatoon, where she roomed with her sister, Ruth, and spoke often of being part of the young adult’s group at Ebeneezer Baptist Church. During these years she worked as a laboratory assistant in a hospital and told us stories of carrying limbs to the lab and going into the morgue! While in Saskatoon she met dad, in April of 1964. They had a whirlwind romance and were engaged on their 3rd date and married 6 months later. Mom kept our home running while dad was away at work, and for many of those years she was a solo parent when he was long haul trucking.
Mom canned turkey, cherries, pickles, peaches, baked amazing bread (her herbed cheese bread phase was particularly good!), and sewed us many ruffled skirts. After decades of suffering with very painful arthritis and other physical pain, Mom is now completely pain free. Any doubt of God’s love for her is erased. She is in His presence celebrating with all those who have gone before her.
Mom was predeceased by her loving husband, Walter; her parents; three siblings (Leon, Lorette, and Gerhardt); and her dear daughter, Jackie Whitehouse. She is survived by her daughters Jill (Jason) Gayoway, and Linda (Chris) Collins; six fantastic grandchildren: Keltie Kramer, Taylor Whitehouse, Mikayla (Aric) Froese, Austin Gayoway, Ethan Gayoway, and Brady Collins; and her sister Ruth.
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