My mother Dorothy Marie Peters was born on July 11, 1925 in Drake Saskatchewan. Her parents were Annie and Peter Schmidt.
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.
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.
She learned to drive a car at 17 by practising in the pasture on her parents’ farm.
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.
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.
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 on May 31, 1952 and last year enjoyed a 60th wedding anniversary celebration with friends and family.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Mom said being a grandmother was the most rewarding experience of her life.
Mom 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.
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