Judy Toews
Judy Toews
Judy Toews

Obituary of Judy Sarah Toews

Judy Sarah was born on February 11, 1954 in Linden, AB.   She quietly passed on to her eternal reward on April 8, 2019, in the presence of her family.  Judy was the third of six children born to Herman and Rhoda Toews.  She spent her early childhood years in Linden, AB. Memories of that time she often talked of included coming home from school to eat lunch with her family and times spent playing on the rocks in the coulee.

Later in childhood, the family moved north to homestead in Silver Valley, AB. At an early age  she felt the call of the Lord and was baptized by Min Dave Ratzlaff on January 21, 1968, during a year that they spent back in Linden.   She loved her walk with the Lord and remained strong in her commitment through her life.

Judy had a love for children.   In her later teens and early adulthood she spent time working at  The Bannatyne Children’s Home in Winnipeg, MB as well as at Grande Prairie Peace School Of Hope for handicapped children. These experiences gave her a heart for children with special needs.  She loved her job and gave herself to the children she worked with making lasting relationships with them.  Even in recent  years she was regularly approached in Grande Prairie by those who recognized her from that time.

Judy and Roy Toews were married on June 6, 1975, by Min. Allen Wohlgemuth.  They shared the sunshine and shadows of life together for over 43 years.

Their first home was in Rycroft, AB.   It wasn’t long before a school teaching position for Roy in Whitemouth, MB drew them east. Her dream of being a teacher was fulfilled in the form of supporting her husband. During their time there, their first son Brian was born.  In a couple years they returned to Alberta, to live in Stettler, where Reginald joined their little family.  

Oppurtunity lead them to a small farm in Heart Valley, AB.  This became their permanent home, where Evan, JayDean and Kyle were born.  Here she faithfully stood by her husband’s side during his ministry.   

Mom was a true homemaker, making the ordinary into something special for her family.  Her interest in birds and flowers began as a girl and was cultivated as she taught her boys and later her grandchildren.  She was a lover of nature and found great joy in spending time in her gardens, planting, transplanting,  and nurturing her flowers and trees.

Her love and interest in the lives of people led many to the hospitality of their home.  There was always enough food and the table never too short for those she invited.  This love for others was also shown by the many gifts she gave.

When her sons got married Mom welcomed each daughter-in-law with open arms and a heart full of love.  As each grandchild was born they were loved and adored by Grammy, who took time to make each one feel special.  Many of the grandchildren will be left with the special memory of Grammy quickly getting them a treat for the ride home.

She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease about two years ago.  She faced this with courage and determination. Acceptance of this also gave her a joy that many noticed.  She enjoyed the friends she made while doing therapy with others.

Those left behind with grieving hearts but treasured memories are her husband Roy, Heart Valley, AB; five sons and their families: Brian & Donna, Lasca, Lando of Debolt, AB; Reg & Janelle, Anson, Taeya,  Bailey of Heart Valley, AB; Evan & Doris, Braden, Miles of Crystal City, MB; Jay & Carleen, Ethan, Hannah of Heart Valley, AB,  Kyle & Shannon, Connor of Heart Valley, AB. Judy’s siblings:  Donalda and Allen Isaac, Valerie and Louey Isaac, Debra and Merle Johnson, Neil Toews, Clark and Olive Toews.  Roy’s mother, Verda Toews, and siblings:  Alanna Toews, Darrel and Olivene Toews, Orrin and Estella Toews, Donald and Darlene Toews, Roger and Rhena Toews, Norman Taves, Debbie Taves, Faye and Pat Bartel.  Also with memories are many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Those gone before her are her parents, step father, father-in-law, a brother-in-law, and twin grandbabies.

As a family, we thank the doctors and Home Care staff for the support and help Mom and her family received during the last month at home.

Grande Prairie Hospice provided a beautiful, comfortable place for Mom to spend her last few days.  Thanks to the staff and doctors there for the care and compassion they showed Mom and us as a family.

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Funeral Service

10:30 am
Friday, April 12, 2019
Rycroft Ag Centre
11055 AB-49
Rycroft, Alberta, Canada
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