My loving wife, our mother and grandmother, Verna Penner Wiebe, was born on November 25, 1933, to Peter J. and Marie (Loewen) Penner, at Morris, MB. She quietly went to meet her Saviour on November 16, 2019, at the age of eighty-five years.
Mom enjoyed a happy childhood on the family farm, growing up together with her siblings. At the young age of 11, Mom gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized by Min. Harry Wenger on December 17, 1944, becoming a member of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Her faith was precious to her, and she remained steadfast in her walk with God.
Mom’s first job was in Winnipeg, caring for twins. She would stay in the city and come home on the bus on her days off. In 1956 Mom moved to Alberta with her sister Rosella, and together they took LPN training. A short while later she went to Mexico to work in the mission hospital at Camp 45. Mom often spoke fondly of those times as some of the most rewarding years of her life.
On June 17, 1960, Mom married our father, Edwin Wiebe. Mom and Dad enjoyed life together for 59 years. Four children blessed their home, two sons and two daughters.
Mom was a constant support to Dad, lending her help on the farm, whether it be on the yard or in the field. She particularly enjoyed helping Dad with the harvest, driving the combine.
Mom was given to hospitality and delighted in having family and many friends around their table. She loved gardening and took great satisfaction in a full pantry and shelves laden with preserves.
Mom had a knack with transforming fabric scraps into beautiful blanket tops. Going to sewing was a real highlight in her life. Yearly family outings were very important as well, often going to the mountains of Waterton, Banff, or Jasper, even rafting on the Bow River. Other highlights were a trip to visit friends in Newfoundland, and grandchildren in Texas.
Mom’s giving spirit didn’t diminish when her health started to decline. Instead, she found another hobby making small picture books. For many years she took joy in gifting every new baby with a book she created.
In 2014, our parents moved into Westview Suites and enjoyed the fellowship there with friends. It was a difficult time for Mom when Dad had to move into full care. About a year ago, after a two month stay in the Three Hills hospital, Mom also moved into full care at Westview.
Though Mom had her physical limitations, she took a keen interest in what her children and grandchildren were doing. Especially during harvest she loved to call us and keep current with progress. We even got a few calls from Mom this past harvest, telling us she was still a farm girl at heart. We will miss her keenly…
Those left to cherish fond memories are: her husband Edwin; four children, Dale and Charmaine and grandson Justin (Linden); Rosalie (Linden) and granddaughter Crystal and Waylen Becker (Farwell, Texas); Inez (Dauphin, Manitoba); Randel and Laurie and granddaughters Peggy and Stacey (Linden); sister-in-law, Doris Penner; brother-in-law, Elmer and Agnes Wiebe; and many dear nieces, nephews, and friends.
Loved ones gone before are: her parents, parents-in-law, one son-in-law, one brother, four sisters (two in early childhood), one sister-in-law, and two brothers-in-law.
We, as a family, express our gratefulness for the compassionate care Mom received at Westview Care Community.