Mary Anderson, of Saskatoon and formerly of Preeceville, SK, passed from this life into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Circle Drive Special Care Home in Saskatoon, SK. She was 99 years of age. A Funeral Service and celebration of her life were held June 26th, 2021 at Marten’s Funeral Home in Warman, SK.
Her final resting place will be beside her beloved husband, Raymond, in the Preeceville Cemetery on June 24, 2022.
Mary was born July 5, 1921, at Parkerview, SK, second eldest of 13 children of Metro and Nellie Fedak. After completing high school, and then teacher training, she began her career at the old Etoimamie Valley School in the Sturgis School Division. Her teaching career ended when she met the love of her life, Raymond Anderson. They married and were blessed with six children. Mary’s love for teaching and learning encouraged her to return to the classrooms at Robinson Creek School, Gold Bank, South Porcupine, Endeavour and finally Preeceville where she taught mostly Grade 3 until her retirement.
She loved her family unconditionally and taught us by word and example the basic human values of love, truth, respect, honesty, and consideration. She made sure we finished our schooling and chose a vocation. Mom would have spent many hours in prayer for her family as we were growing up.
Always a hard worker, Mom kept us fed and clothed. She baked, churned butter and made cottage cheese. She knit sweaters, socks and mitts, sewed our clothing, and made quilts, grew a very large garden, canned and froze vegetables and fruit especially the raspberries and strawberries which she grew. She loved flowers and planted them in her garden, down the driveway and in pots, to be enjoyed and shared. At Circle Drive Place her garden and planters were lush and productive. Mom was proud that each of us developed a “green thumb” too.
Faith and prayer were always important to Mom. She supported children’s ministries and missionaries, and gladly volunteered in the church and in the community in Preeceville, and at Circle Drive Place where she resided for 21 years before becoming a resident of Circle Drive Special Care Home. There, she received kind and compassionate care until her passing.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Raymond in 1986; her parents, Metro and Nellie Fedak; brothers, William, Steve, Walter, Boris, George, and John; sister, Rose Johnson; granddaughter, Erin Hislaw; grandson, Gary Gunn; sons-in-law, Harlan Bye, Dennis Robson and Brendan Brown; sisters-in-law, Carol, Patricia and Ursula; brothers-in-law, Loring Johnson and Bill Kirstuik
She will be cherished and lovingly remembered by her children: Margaret Brown, Joanne Bye, Evelyn Robson, Walter, Karen Gunn, and Sharon (Dwayne) Kramer; grandchildren: Geoffrey (Sheri), Daniel (Sarah), and Paul (Ghaydaa) Brown; Kirsten (Stu) McCullagh and Michael (Jamie) Robson; Victor, Rebecca and Joshua Gunn; and Erik, Phillip and Shawna Hislaw; 18 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Anna Kirstuik, Jean Perry, Ted, Morris, and Brian; sisters-in-law Marjorie, Betty, and Sarah; nieces, and nephews and friends.