Susan Willms, mother to her siblings and grandmother to their children, died on March 9, 2009, at the Coaldale Healthcare Centre. She was 86. Susie was born in Molotschna Colony on Jan. 21, 1923. She immigrated with her family to Canada in 1925 at the age of two-and-a-half. Her life was spent generously in devotion to her faith, family and community. Sharing seemed to come naturally for her. When she was a child, she and her brothers and sisters would receive a small portion of Christmas candy. Susie would save hers and treat the others after they had eaten their own. Adulthood began when she was still quite young. As the most senior girl among 11 children, she left school after passing eight grades in just five years, so that she could help the family make ends meet on their farm outside Coaldale, Alta. Her mother, Susanna, was very grateful for the assistance with cooking, cleaning and raising the younger children, but later expressed regret that she had not encouraged Susie to continue her education. After her younger siblings were grown, Susie took secretarial and accounting classes and, of course, educated herself.
12 Canadian Mennonite May 25, 2009 Λ Obituary Susan Willms Craig, ont. she was loved by the boys there and kept in Jan. 21, 1923 - March 9, 2009 touch with some former residents for decades afterwards. after returning to Coaldale, susie helped care for her elderly susan Willms, mother to her siblings and grandmother parents in their final years. she was a cook and, later, admin- to their children, died on March 9, 2009, at the Coaldale istrator at altenheim, the Mennonite home for the aged healthcare Centre. she was 86. susie was born in Molotschna in Coaldale, until her retirement in the late 1980s. Though Colony on Jan. 21, 1923. she immigrated with her family to susie didn’t marry or have children, she has a large family that Canada in 1925 at the age of two-and-a-half. her life was adores her and whom she doted on relentlessly. Throughout spent generously in devotion to her faith, family and com- her life, susie made a priority of building relationships with munity. sharing seemed to come naturally for her. When she her sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews, and their children was a child, she and her brothers and sisters would receive a and grandchildren. she would often insist that family gather- small portion of Christmas candy. susie would save hers and ings be at her house or at the villa where she later lived in treat the others after they had eaten their own. adulthood retirement. The kitchen was a place of laughter, of dinner began when she was still quite young. as the most senior and faspa with zwieback, wareneki and the other Mennonite girl among 11 children, she left school after passing eight dishes that she prepared so well. Birthdays and Christmas grades in just five years, so that she could help the family were times when the youngest members of the family would make ends meet on their farm outside Coaldale, alta. her r
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