Mar 27, 1921 - Jan 29, 2020
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Funeral will be held at Rocky Mountain House Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Shewfelt, Mary Elizabeth Thelma
March 27, 1921 – January 29, 2020
Our dear mother, grandmother, great grandma and great, great (little grandma) passed in the morning of January 29, 2020 after a gradual decline in health.
Mary was born on the homestead near the small town of Wawota, Saskatchewan on March 27, 1921 the third daughter born to William and Mary Vail. The family grew to include 7 girls and 4 boys.
Mom finished grade eight at the country school and had dreams of being a nurse but those dreams were shattered when her dad got sick with cancer in 1938. She went to work helping neighborhood farm wives to bring in money to help support the large family at home. In 1939 at the home of Mr. & Mrs. McLaughlin she met a young man with beautiful blue eyes and a shy smile. That young man was Austin Shewfelt whose family lived in Archibald, Manitoba. This young man said that the cake that mom brought was the best tasting cake ever. The rest is history. They were married on August 18, 1940.
Mom was never fazed by any problem and would always find a solution. She was able to fix fences; mend clothing, sew clothes for her family; in 1969 she sewed outfits for three of her daughters and herself for an eight day convention. Her children and grandchildren remember her as capable of putting a meal on the table regardless of the time of day. She made awesome pie, fruit cakes, steamed puddings with lemon sauce and her “air buns” were legend.
In 1961 along with her husband Austin she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and they both enjoyed teaching others the truths of the Bible and the hope of living in Paradise forever.
Mary is survived by her children: Joyce (Ken) Massey, Brian (Nella) Shewfelt, Leona (Stanley) Frith; Marion (Philip) Cole; Beverly (Tony) Mitchell. She was predeceased by her blue eyed husband, Austin Shewfelt, daughter Lynn Roy and baby son Roy; one grandson Daniel Shewfelt.
She has welcomed 17 grandchildren and 26 grandchildren as well as 11 great, great children and one chosen granddaughter, Jody Frith.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Park Avenue at the Ravines for providing mother the care she needed. She considered you all as family.
Funeral will be held at Rocky Mountain House Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Thursday February 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm. There will be a tea following the funeral at the Christenson Center, Rocky Mountain House. Alberta. Please join us.
We love you very much and will see you in Paradise just around the corner.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626
Helen Snihor and Lori Schooler:
Our thoughts are with you Leona and your family. It is a difficult time to be in. Take care
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