Mary, Catherine (nee Schmiedl) Waldbauer

Mary Catherine WALDBAUER

(Nee Schmiedl)

October 24, 1918, Passmore, Alberta

To February 22, 2010, Terrace, B.C.

Mary was born on a farm in the Crowsnest Pass to German immigrant parents. She was the last of three children. Education was always important to her. She even lived alone in the valley as a young girl so she could attend school. She continued her education all her life, listening to CBC and reading nature magazines, and watching documentary television. She was always a great reference for knowledge on a wide spectrum of topics.

She met and married George (the painter) in 1940 in Pincher Creek, Alberta where the following year Elaine was born. George worked in the army camps throughout Alberta and the family followed, with Sandra being born in Lethbridge in 1943. After a few years in Calgary, they moved to British Columbia, first Chilliwack, and then to the Lakes District, and finally to Terrace in1953 – their wandering days were over.

Mary was a homemaker and anyone was welcome at her table. She cooked for everyone and sewed for her girls and usually had a smile on her face. In 1973 they moved to Copperside where she could now indulge in the passion of her life, which was gardening. She was active in the Fall Fair for many years, sitting as President for several years. Her proudest moment was keeping the Big Cut Flower trophy because all the plaques had her name on them.

She gave up her home in Copperside in 1996 and moved into Ray and Elaine’s apartment where she immediately started a new flower bed. She was so pleased with her great grandchildren, and the two girls, with one named after her, were the “icing on the cake”.

Her last two years were spent in care, first in Kitimat and then Terraceview. She received loving, excellent care in both residences. She always had a smile for her caregivers.

Left to mourn: Daughter Elaine Johnson, Grandsons: Michael (Stephanie) and Dan (Margaret); Great Grandchildren; Andrew, David, Mary, Gabriel, Solomon and Natasha.

Predeceased by Husband George (1982); Daughter Sandra (1972) and Son-in-law Ray (2007).