Lydia M. Toews, our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was born Dec. 4, 1921.
After 99 years, she passed away peacefully at Linden Alta. Dec. 27, 2020.
She was the first of a family of 10 children born to Aaron and Mary Baerg Megli at Sunnyslope, Alta.
She grew up on the family farm helping her father work with horses and cows.
Cousin Frank Klassen joined their family when she was five and she was happy to have an older brother to walk with to school, a mile across country.
Her parents took the family to church in Linden every Sunday – a privilege her father didn’t have.
At the age of 16, she gave her heart to the Lord and mentioned at times the meaningful direction He gave her life.
She was baptized, becoming a member of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, to which she remained faithful. The church was precious to her and she loved the Bible.
Through the years from youth on, she was enthused about Sunday school and Summer Vacation Bible School, supporting those causes.
On April 16, 1944 Lydia married Walter U. Toews and together they experienced life to the fullest, with its joys and hardships during 67 years until Walter’s passing, August 2011.
They first set up housekeeping in an upstairs room of the large Schartner house, with a cow and chickens as live-stock. Following that they farmed at Sunnyslope, Rocky Mountain House, Linden, and Stettler, then retired at Linden.
She was a true farmer’s wife, planting a large vegetable garden surrounded by shrubs and trees with fruit.
While working together with her children she spoke of godly principals and lifestyles.
She was hospitable, practiced respect to all mankind, including the less fortunate.
We appreciate the home our parents gave us and the spiritual concern they had for their posterity. This union was blessed with 11 children; 53 grandchildren; 111 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Fond memories are her cheerful voice and smile, welcoming and appreciating a visitor or care shown her, and will be cherished by her children: Earl, Linden; George and Rosanna, Stettler, Alta.; Janice andGerald Unruh, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; Cecil and Helen, Bow Island, Alta.; Anita and Leonard Toews, Hythe, Alta.; Grace and David Unruh, Stettler; Merv and Wanda, Stettler; Lorne and Myra, Beaverlodge, Alta.; Wayne and Sharon, Stettler; Connie and Ray Unruh, Stettler; Delbert and Melinda Ensz, Bow Island.
Also siblings: Verda Toews; Ray and Susanna Megli; Irvin and Irma Megli; Viola and Jake Boese; Ethel and Noah Toews; Orville and Helen Megli; Edith and Howard Reimer and one sister-in-law: Agnes Toews.
She left us to join her parents; her husband Walter; daughter Marilyn; four grandsons; two grandsons-in-law; one sister and one brother.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetltd.ca.
Sunset Funeral Service Ltd. in care of arrangements, 403-650-1814.