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Wiebe Maggy - orig photoMagdalene (Maggy) Annie Wiebe

August 16, 1936 – July 7, 2014

It is with sad hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Maggy Wiebe (nee Giesbrecht), our wife, Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma, on Monday, July 7th at Boundary Trails Hospital, at the age of 77.

Maggy will be forever remembered and sadly missed by her husband of nearly 58 years, Eldon Wiebe, and their children Dianne (Jim) Toews, and their children Rosalyn Cole, Ryan Toews, Ian Toews (Amy Oakes), and Wayne (Bailey) Toews; son Keith (Sharon) Wiebe, and their children Janice (Nick) Oswald, Laurel (Chris) Harwood, and Steven Wiebe; son Bruce (Noreen) Wiebe and their son Terrell (Janna) Wiebe; daughter Wendy (Paul) Bergen, and their children Darren (Mallorey) Bergen, Jarret (Megan) Bergen, Cam Bergen, and Brad Bergen; son Roger (Delsie) Wiebe; son Glen (Lorelei) Wiebe and their daughters Cassandra (Jonathan) Snowden, and Desirae Wiebe.   9 Great Grandchildren were adored by Maggy and it was very important that she see each one prior to her passing. She was predeceased by her sister Mabel, in childhood, and by her parents.

Our dear Maggy was born on August 16th, 1936, in the RM of Lorne, near Clearwater, Manitoba. She was the eldest child of Peter C. and Agatha Giesbrecht. Her parents soon added sister Mabel, brother Norm, and then sisters Bernice and Gladys to their family. They were somewhat transient in those early years, although most of Maggy’s elementary schooling took place at Homewood School. During those years she accepted Christ as her Saviour at CSSM Camp at Gimli in 1945 at the age of 9. She placed a great deal of importance on the camp experience, and she made a point of providing that opportunity for her own children. She left home to complete her high school at Winkler Collegiate Institute, and then taught school for one year near Lundar.

Maggy met the love of her life, Eldon Wiebe, and they were married on July 28th, 1956. Their early days together were very exciting and fruitful. Six children were raised on the farm northwest of Carman.   In addition to being a busy wife and mother, she held a variety of jobs, first as a meat cutter for the family business, then retail sales with the Co-ops in Elm Creek and Homewood, and with Stylerite in Carman. Many people were the benefactors of Driver Education training with Maggy. Fortunately for her children, all had licenses before she took on that role. She never did like to sit idle, and to her final day, volunteered her time serving. Roles in the church included Office Secretary, Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, Women in Mission, and Church Council, to name just a few. Her love for organizing and investing in the lives of others continued in the community with her involvement in Meals on Wheels, the Active Living Center, and other causes.

Spirituality and the church defined so much of what Maggy lived for. She, along with Eldon, raised their family to align with those beliefs, and she worked tirelessly to support the programs of Carman Mennonite Church. Even in failing health, Maggy had recently taken on the role of VBS Coordinator because she saw the need.   Her walk with God was incredibly important to her, as is the relationship that her children and grandchildren have with God.

Maggy also placed a high level of importance on literary skills. She loved to read books and poetry, and she had a knack for creating rhymes. Many have marveled at her annual Christmas letter and the sheer craftiness of her rhyming abilities. She taught her children the merits of memorization and writing skills, just as her own mother had taught her.   Bible verse memorization took high priority in her home.

Some thought that Maggy was stubborn and strict; a force to be reckoned with. There was never any doubt that she had an opinion, but those who knew her best, recognized that she had wisdom and ability worth watching and listening to, and that her bark was significantly worse than her bite.   As people recognized her abilities, she quickly made allies of those who once were doubters.   Maggy possessed strong organizational skills that helped her in leadership roles with her family, in the church and in work life. She is also defined by her thoughtfulness, her care for others, and a deep level of commitment to what she believed. She was a backbone of love and reliability for her large and growing family.

Maggy loved to travel with Eldon and she had special memories of numerous camping trips with the family, of the trip to Churchill for their 40th wedding anniversary, a trip to Nova Scotia and PEI, and a Via Rail trip through the mountains to the west coast.

Maggy never did want to leave the home farm and the many memories she and Eldon had created there. Even when living in Carman, she liked to trespass once in awhile by touring the farm yard to rekindle her fond thoughts of home. Maggy and Eldon moved to 5 Laycock Drive in recent years; they found this to be a great fit and a comfortable transition to a home that required less physical effort.

Maggy’s independence carried into her final days. In typical fashion she drove herself to a Doctor’s appointment and then to Boundary Trails Hospital eleven days prior to her passing.

As family, we are grateful to the Doctors and staff at Boundary Trails who treated Mom with such great care and concern. We also thank Pastors Karen Schellenberg and Bob Pauls, as well as Doyle’s Funeral Home, for the kindness and care extended to our Mom and family. If so desired, donations can be made to Carman Mennonite Church Library or to One Hope Canada (formerly CSSM Bible Camp at Gimli).

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