Mary Peters (Maria Florence Brucks) died peacefully at 12:40 on May 4, a week and a half before Mother's Day. She was 90 years of age.
Mary was born on October 25, 1916 in Stepanowka, USSR to Heinrich and Aganetha Brucks. Mary developed an early sense of community and a sense of herself, as she had 8 sisters and 1 brother.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour in her early years.
The family moved from the USSR to Canada in 1926. Life was difficult, and the entire family worked hard at simply surviving in southern Alberta during the years of the depression. She was baptized here in Coaldale, Alberta.
Mary took adult night school to finish high school and then took teacher training. She met Jacob Peters while at normal school in Vancouver in 1951. They were married on August 8, 1954 in the Yarrow MB Church in Yarrow, BC.
Mary taught school for three years. The family then moved from Abbotsford to Field to Prince Rupert, following Jacob's teaching career.
The family settled back in Clearbrook, BC in 1960. They joined the Clearbrook MB Church, where Jake and Mary have been members ever since. Mary did some substitute teaching, but taking care of the household was her main concern. Mary loved to sing with her family, she would play the piano and the children and Jake would sing. She was an active member of the church as well, singing in choirs and teaching Sunday School when she could.
Jake and Mary sold their house after all the children had moved out and moved into a smaller home. Mary lived a healthy life, which probably came from the fact that she liked to go on daily walks. She did suffer a few injuries, and in the very recent past was hospitalized as a result of having gallstones. She never ceased praying and she loved Psalm 23. She did not recover her health, and took her last breath on May 4.
She is predeceased by her father, mother, four sisters and one brother; she will be missed by her husband, Jacob Peters, children Joyce (Gerald) Loeppky, Henry (Karen) Peters, Don (Madoka) Peters, Dave (Connie) Peters, Laurie Peters, Ken (Melinda) Peters, and 16 grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford. Graveside service will be Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 9:30 am from Maclure Road Cemetery with Memorial Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Clearbrook MB Church, 2719 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford.
Donations may be made to the MB Mission and Services International, c/o Clearbrook MB Church.
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