Vera Mary Toews passed away peacefully at the Father Lacombe Care Centre on the night of January 27, 2018. She was 89 years.
Vera was born to John and Mary Boese on November 19, 1928 on a farm near Linden, Alberta. She was the third of five children, the fifth being born after her dad died in a farming accident when Vera was 3 years old. She learned to work hard. When she was 12 years old, she started working outside the home in order to help make ends meet at home. When she was 21 years old, she pursued her dream of working in the medical field and took her Licensed Practical Nurses' training in Steinbach, Manitoba. On June 20, 1954, she married Terence Toews, the love of her life.
She and Terence started their married life together on the farm with his parents. Vera gardened and cooked and they had five children they named SuAnn, John, Gladene, Myles, and Austin. Austin lived only a couple of days. Soon after his death, Terence and Vera moved their family to Calgary for two years where Vera worked as a nurse in several hospitals while her husband pursued further education. They then returned to their farm and had two more girls, Ellen and Adele.They moved to Drumheller with their youngest children in 1976 to start a business and lived there for two years before moving back to farm in the Linden area.
Vera was devoted to and in love with her husband. They shared and did so much together: praying for their family and the larger world, volunteering with Kneehill Ambulance and teaching first aid courses, bringing food to the shut in, faithfully caring for their parents, befriending those in prison, working at the MCC Store, partners in the work they did and in the service they provided.
When it came to hard work, Vera was a force to be reckoned with, as anyone who sorted through clothing donations, eviscerated chickens, or picked berries with her knew. After raising her children, she started her own catering business, then went to work as a cook for the Three Hills Hospital and the Linden Lodge until she retired.
Vera was patient, generous and optimistic, preferring to see the sunny side of life. She loved to sing, listen to her husband read as she sewed or crocheted, and work with others on quilting projects. Vera was an incredible cook and her home was always open to anyone for a visit and a meal. We will never forget her delicious cooking and baking. As she grew older, nothing gave her more delight than being with her children and grandchildren. Her faith in her Heavenly Father was demonstrated by her generosity and her desire to serve her family, the church and the larger community.
Vera was predeceased by her husband Terence, son Austin, brother Clarence, two sisters: Emmeline and Johanna, and her parents: John and Mary Boese. She leaves behind six children: SuAnn (Clarence) Poettcker, John Toews, Gladene Toews (Daniel Makasoff), Myles (Patty) Toews, Ellen Toews (Doug) Evans, and Adele Toews; 14 grandchildren: Christopher Poettcker, Jolene (Rob) Sedman, Nathan Poettcker (Jamie Novak), David (Shelley) Shaw, Daniel (Roxanne) Shaw, Braden Hood, Tanya Makasoff, Emma Makasoff (Clint Horwood), Deanne (Jon) Welsh, Justin (Anna) Toews, Rachael Lavelle, Lyndsay (Tommy) Schroepfer, Elliot Evans, and Blaise Evans; 10 great-grandchildren: Dustin, Dylan and Avery Shaw, Ava Makasoff, Eli Welsh, AnneMarie and Josiah Lavelle, Liam and Libby Toews, and Myles Schroepfer; her brother Vernon Boese and brothers-in-law: Willie Toews and Willem Hansma.