It is with profound sadness and sense of loss that we announce the passing of our mother, a lady of exceptional compassion, character and capacity.
Mary Elizabeth Brown, born December 17, 1926 at Gull Lake Hospital, was the eighth child and third daughter of Eric Hilding Weston and Anna Brita Weston of the Stonecliff S.D. south of Antelope Lake. Mary passed peacefully on the morning of October 1, 2021 at the Special Care Center in Gull Lake, SK with family by her side.
Mary married Lawerence Brown of Antelope, SK on October 11, 1947. They farmed in the Illerburn District west of Simmie for three years adding son Lowell to their family before buying and renting land north of Antelope in the Lloyd School District. Here their family was completed with the births of Russell and Linda.
Hard work, innovation and perseverance allowed them to build a successful grain farming and ranching operation raising Angus cattle, Jersey and Guernsey milk cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and an assortment of horses, dogs, cats and other pets to teach the children to be kind and responsible.
Poor farming years meant they relied on shipping cream and an enormous garden and saw Mom master the arts of re-using and re-purposing and stretching the dollar to achieve more with less.
Mom was the consummate homemaker developing a diverse range of skills to provide for her family. She was an excellent cook and baker. She was never idle and spent countless hours, knitting, crocheting, and quilting for family and friends. She was a skilled seamstress capable of creating commercial quality clothing. Mom was also a self-taught and accomplished barber and hair-stylist.
Health issues for Lawerence forced them to sell the farm in 1968 and pursue new careers. Widowed at 43, Mary's incredible memory, work ethic and hospitality served her well at Pioneer Co-op in Gull Lake where she served the community for 22 years before her retirement.
Mom had a very large circle of friends. She had a special ability to connect with people and she left a positive impression with everyone she encountered. She was a prolific letter writer maintaining regular contact with friends and relatives and annually sent dozens of Christmas cards with each including personal notes or letters.
Mary was dedicated to her church and her community. She was a tireless volunteer for any activity or project she felt was a benefit to her community. She was also very compassionate, regularly visiting the elderly and reaching out to anyone who needed a friend.
She was the Weston family historian maintaining the "birthday book" and reaching out to friends and family with best wishes for birthdays, anniversaries and any important milestones.
Mom made a point of maintaining a high level of fitness which was on exhibit daily as she went about her active life. Her love of golf included annual excursions with 'The Merry Widows' playing courses around Saskatchewan and patronizing B and B's where the hosts joined her list of friends. She loved to dance, with square dancing and old-time dancing near the top of her list for fun. Her bowling skills took her to the Saskatchewan 55+ Games and her love of curling took her to many, many bonspiels and ultimately to the Saskatchewan Ladies Provincial Championships (Diamond D).
Mary enjoyed experiencing new things and travelled broadly including bus tours to Nashville, the Maritimes and Alaska, a train excursion to Churchill, MB and travel to visit friends and family in Singapore, Thailand, Sweden, the Northwest Territories, Disney World, San Francisco, and throughout western Canada and across the northern U.S. from Wisconsin to Washington.
Widely regarded as 'special', Mary lived life with a sense of purpose and at a pace few could match. She gave real meaning to the phrase 'a life well lived'.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Lowell (Sherry) Brown, Russell (Eloise) Brown and Linda (Steve) Scherschel, her grandchildren, Mark (Vicki) Brown, Jalene (Darryl) Boehm, Lisa (Tyson) Hassman, Philip Brown, Michelle (Don) Mitschke, Mathew Brown, Brent (Sara) Scherschel, Bryce (Lianna) Scherschel, and Erika Scherschel, and her great grandchildren, Ebony Staines, Luke Brown, Kalysta Gorrigan, Marcus Brown, Callen Hassman and Reid Mitschke and a large number of nieces and nephews.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Lawerence Owen Brown, and great grandson, Theo Scherschel; her parents, Eric Hilding and Anna Brita Weston, her siblings and in-laws, Roy (Mabel) Weston, Berney (Vi) Weston, Percy (Beatrice) Weston, Lily (Arne) Konradson, Albert (Marjorie) Weston, John (Pearl) Weston, May (Bus) Trembath, Carl (Charlotte) Weston and Maurice (Ellen) Weston; nephews Dale Weston, Kurt Weston and his wife, Heather and great nephew, Jared Weston.
Condolences can be extended to the family via www.warrensfuneralhome .com or by mail to Mary Brown Family, Box 273 Gull Lake, Sask. S0N 1A0.
In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request Memorial Donations be directed to: Gull Lake Special Care Auxiliary P.O. Box 539 Gull Lake, SK S0N 1A0, or Autumn House P.O. Box 630 Gull Lake, SK S0N 1A0, or Knox United Church 4175 Price Ave. Gull Lake, SK S0N 1A0.
A Family Service will be held November 6, 2021 at Knox United Church with interment to follow at St. John's Cemetery in the Antelope District. A public Celebration of Life will be scheduled when it is safe to do so.
Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606, or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.
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Gull Lake Special Care Auxiliary
P.O. Box 539, Gull Lake SK S0N 1A0
Autumn House Auxiliary
P.O. Box 630, Gull Lake SK S0H 1A0
Knox United Church
4175 Price Ave., Gull Lake SK S0N 1A0