Vert, Mary Milly

Written by ECA Review


Mary Milly Vert went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Feb. 6, 2021 at Stettler Hospital with some of her family by her side.

Mary was the thirteenth child born to Alexander and Anna Evashkevich at the family farm near Kirriemuir, Alta. on Nov. 20, 1927.

She attended the Dry Lake School and finished her Grade 9 by correspondence.

After Grade 9, she helped with household duties and milked cows while her brothers tended to the fieldwork in summer and cared for cattle in winter.  

She also helped to cook meals for thrashers at Lysgaards, Bert Caldwells and Galloways.

She married the love of her life, Albert Vert, on June 14, 1948.

They farmed south of Kirriemuir on the Vert family homestead until 1963 when they moved to the “new farm” to be closer to the main roads and electricity.  

To this union there were six children born: Linda, Vivian, Stephen, Eric, Delaine and Robin.

Mary and Albert enjoyed trips to California, Louisiana, Eastern Canada, Expo ’86 and numerous camping trips to B.C.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and making quilts. 

Many of her siblings as well as all her grandchildren were recipients of a handmade quilt. 

Mary also enjoyed playing table games, especially Dominoes and Aggravation.  

Her bread-making skills and her dill pickle canning were well known to many people. In fact, when her condo was cleaned out, we found that she had saved six jars of dills, one for each of her kids.

Mary and Albert attended the Kirriemuir Gospel Fellowship Church where Mary taught Sunday School classes and helped with other programs.

In 1997, they made the hard decision to leave the farm and move into Consort.  During that time they took great pride in growing a huge vegetable garden and many beautiful flowers.  

In 2007 they moved to Spruce Terrace Condos in Stettler where they made many friends.  A few months after Albert’s passing, Mary moved to Heart Haven Lodge where she gained new friends and lived till her passing.

Mary is survived by her children and their families: daughter Linda (Harry) Shoemaker and their family, Carmen (Kerry) Pickles, Jared, Wyatt and Chyanne, Coreena (Shaun) Torgerson, Brooke and Mikayla, Harley (Diane), Brailee and Tyler; daughter Vivian (Nick) Lowther and their family, Dawna (Henry) Hughes, Rachelle, Kimberley and Marissa, Preston and Nathan; daughter-in-law Lorinda Vert and her and Stephen’s family, Stephanie Phillips, Austin and Kaylee, Danita (Mike) Dmetrichuk, Caiden, Mariska and Emersyn, Dallas (Natasha) Reece, Tegan and Ryker; son Eric (Lisa) and their family, Garth (Rica), Jessica and Devon, Amanda (Dwayne) Calder, Cameron and Natalie, Deanna (Eric) Sievers, Dillan and Brayden; daughter Delaine (Kevin) Stewart and their family, Amie (Adam) Staniowski, Chayse and Zander, Andrew (Janet), Hudson, Jodi, Kayli and Branson, Aaron (Crystal), Rilynn, Owen, Bentley and Liam, Adam (Amy), Isla and Troy, Anton; daughter Robin Vert-Duffin and her family, Kyle (Kennedy) and Mackenzie (Lindsay).

She is also survived by her brother Paul (Coreen) Evaskevich; sister, Ann Meers; sisters-in-law, Pauline and Laura; and numerous nieces and nephews, other family and many dear friends.  

Mary was predeceased by her husband Albert, son Stephen, siblings: Charlie (Nora), Bill (Alice), Joe, Caroline (Vic), Rose (George), Frank (Dorothy), Lil (Bert), Tofield (AM), Alex and Fred, brothers-in-law, Ted Ilchuck and Ken Meers.

A family funeral service for the late Mary Vert was held on Feb. 13, 2021 at Stettler Funeral Home with Pastor Ross Helgeton officiating.

Interment took place at Kirriemuir Cemetery beside her beloved Albert.  

Active pallbearers were grandsons: Harley, Nathan, Dallas, Garth, Andrew and Kyle.  

If family or friends wish to make a donation in Mary’s memory, suggestions are Stettler Health Services Foundation-Palliative Care, The Gideons or a charity of choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, P.O. Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.  

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