My Mom

Dorothy Marie- One year old

Dorothy Marie- One year old

My mother Dorothy Marie Peters was born on July 11, 1925 in Drake Saskatchewan. Her parents were Annie and Peter Schmidt.

Dorothy Marie in grade one. She is third from the end on the right

Dorothy Marie in grade one. She is third from the end on the right

A highlight of her elementary education at the Kansas School in Drake was singing in a choir for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939 when their royal train made a stop in Watrous Saskatchewan.

Dorothy and her best friend Mildred in graduation gowns they sewed themselves

Dorothy and her best friend Mildred in graduation gowns they sewed themselves

Mom graduated from high school at Rosthern Junior College. She took particular delight in the classical music appreciation afternoons her choir director hosted every Sunday afternoon. 

Dorothy learned to drive a car at 17

She learned to drive a car at 17 by practising in the pasture on her parents’ farm.

Dorothy begins a teaching career after a short course at Normal School

Mom taught at two different places in rural Saskatchewan. She especially enjoyed preparing her students for concerts, teaching them choreographed song numbers she accompanied on a pump organ.

Mom on the CMBC student council

After four years of teaching, she enrolled at Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg where she met my Dad, Paul Peters. They served on the student council together. Mom was the only female member of the council.

Dorothy and Paul on a picnic during the time they were dating

Dorothy and Paul on a picnic during the time they were dating

On their first date they went bowling and out for coffee. Dad’s proposal a year later took place in Assiniboine Park and was interrupted by a warden rapping on the window and telling them the park was closing.

Mom and Dad were married in 1952

Mom and Dad were married in 1952

Mom and Dad were married on May 31, 1952 and last year enjoyed a 60th wedding anniversary celebration with friends and family. 

Mom singing with her two daughters

Mom singing with her two daughters

During the time Dad attended medical school and worked at a whole variety of part time jobs to support a growing family, Mom ran a boarding house, babysat and took in foster children. She always had time however to sing, read, play and plan all sorts of fun activities for her children.

Dorothy with her family- around 1970

Dorothy with her family- around 1970

My parents moved to Steinbach in 1961 where Dad began building a successful medical practice. They joined Grace Mennonite Church and it became an important community both of faith and friendship for them. Mom was a homemaker. She was a terrific cook, managed the schedules of four children who were very busy with all kinds of sports and music activities, and still found time to do volunteer work in the community.

Mom and Dad in the flower garden of their country property

Mom and Dad in the flower garden of their country property

My parents lived in twelve different homes during their marriage, thirteen if you include their cottage at Moose Lake, and two were ones they designed and had custom built. Their retirement home just outside of Steinbach had a gorgeous yard and huge garden they worked hard together to maintain.

Mom doing Tai chi in Hong Kong

Mom doing Tai chi in Hong Kong

Mom and Dad have a world map in their foyer covered with coloured pins showing all the places across the globe they have visited. Their family was always the most important though.

Mom was very supportive and played an important role in her grandchildren's lives

Mom was very supportive and played an important role in her grandchildren’s lives

Mom made spending time with her children and grandchildren a priority and was ready to drop everything to help if one of them needed her for any reason. 

Dorothy celebrates the high school graduation of her granddaughter

Dorothy celebrates the high school graduation of her granddaughter

Mom said being a grandmother was the most rewarding experience of her life.

family pictureMom and Dad moved to Winnipeg in 2011 in order to be nearer their family. Mom had many health crises beginning more than thirty years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer. She maintained a positive, hopeful and courageous attitude through them all.

family pictureTill the very last day of her life, she took an avid interest in the activities of her children and grandchildren and was always more concerned about their well being rather than her own.

dorothy marie peters 1My Mom died peacefully in her sleep just after dawn on Sunday, June 9.

Other posts about my Mom………..

Dorothy Marie Peters

My Mom’s Friends

My Mother’s Childhood Christmases

My Parents’ Wedding

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One response to “My Mom

  1. Nell Loewen

    Tastefully and elegantly remembered. I never knew your Mom, MaryLou, but my own Mom spoke of her fondly. Your Mom always took an interest in her when they met. That mattered.
    My email address is included. Would like to add something. Take care.

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