Death was the result of cancer, which she quietly fought for many years. The song “My Jesus I Love Thee” was a comfort to Mom when she realized the battle would soon be over.
Her childhood was spent in the Linden, Alta., area with two sisters and four brothers. Jennie was a determined red-haired girl who loved schoolwork, baseball and skating. In her youth, she worked at an egg grading station and also at the Linden post office. She gave her heart to the Lord as a young girl and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite, being faithful until the end.
She married Wilbert Toews on Oct. 10, 1958, sharing life for over 64 years. Their first home was in Linden. They moved to Pincher Creek in 1968, among the first families to call this new congregation home. They raised five children on the old home place, a farm just out of town. She worked alongside Dad on the farm and in the community, striving to be a friend and help to everyone they met.
Mom took meticulous care of anything entrusted to her, whether it was a puzzle box, a garden or a child. She worked tirelessly for the good of her family, providing us with a secure and orderly home. Most importantly, she taught us the way of Jesus which was so precious to her.
Mom took a keen interest in the details of people’s lives and wasn’t afraid to start a conversation. She was a list keeper, a diary writer and a note taker. An avid reader, she kept a list of every book she read and appreciated a good story or laugh.
In the last years, Jennie enjoyed living at the Crestview Lodge and interacting with the residents and staff there. She loved having coffee, doing the Daily Jumble in the newspaper, and the competitive games of Scrabble and Upwards with her friends. Her grandchildren meant the world to her and she checked in with them often. We all want to meet her in Heaven.
Those left to treasure memories are her husband, Wilbert Toews; children Lorraine Unruh, son-in-law Jeff and Darci Dejax, Galen and Gwen Toews, Kelly and Joanne Toews, and Kendall and Marla Toews; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. One brother, Leroy and Marianne; two sisters, Audrey Toews and Darlene Reimer. Two sisters-in-law, Ruby and John Hendrickson, and Dianne Reimer. Dad’s family: Susanna Reimer, Irma and Irvin Megli, Eldon and Lorna Toews.
Those gone before include her daughter Donna Lynn Dejax; son-in-law Merle Unruh; three brothers, Gerald, Reg and Ellis; six brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Snodgrass Funeral Homes
Shootin’ the Breeze extends condolences to the family and friends of Jennie Toews.