August 17, 1922- February 25, 2014
Mamie died peacefully on February 25th, 2014 after a short illness.
Born in Langenberg, Saskatchewan, to Chris and Eva Haugland, at the age of two Mamie moved with her family to Terrace in January, 1925. She attended Kitsumkalum School, graduating with Grade 12 in 1940. This was followed by a teaching position in a one-room school at Remo. In 1942, she married the love of her life, Frederick James Kerby, a handsome young man who arrived in Terrace with a strong work ethic and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Music was very important in Mamie’s life. She took music lessons from a variety of teachers, including Janet Felber, travelling down to Prince Rupert by train to take her Royal Toronto Conservancy exams. Music was always present in her home, social life, and entertainment.
After her family was raised, Mamie returned to teaching until the call of preserving Terrace’s history took her on a journey that included establishing the Terrace Regional Museum (Historical) Society, spear-heading construction of Heritage Park Museum with its original log buildings, acting as volunteer museum director for 16 years, and working with the Society to publish several historical books, hold major community heritage events, and construct the large gazebo at Terraceview Lodge. Mamie’s sense of community and willingness to promote and preserve the historical values of the Terrace region allowed her to be very successful at convincing others to participate in her many projects. Mamie was always interested in others and was dearly loved by her many friends and her large extended family.
She was predeceased by Fred, her husband of 64 years, her daughter, Judith, and her granddaughter, Janette.
She is survived by her sons, Robert (Judith) and Eric (Wanda), and daughters, Norma and Eva (Gary); grandchildren Rebecca (Walter), Rachael (Grant), Joseph (Anie), Lillie (Tom), James (Allison), Solveig, Douglas, Kenney, Matthew (Jen), Soren, Benjamin (Liza), Adam (Jocelyn), Alexander, Christopher (Andrea), Brent, and Laura (Devon); and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of Terraceview Lodge and Northern Health Home Support Services for their kind assistance during Mamie’s brief illness.
Donations can be made in Mamie’s name towards a Grade 12 History
scholarship to: Northwest Education 88 Foundation,
3211Kenney Street,Terrace, B.C., V8G 3E9.