Mary Rosamond McQuarrie Schneider, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 30 at the age of 101. She was born on June 1, 1920 on a farm near Stonewall, Manitoba, as the eldest of seven children to Charles and Mary McQuarrie.
Mary was a bright child and quickly learned to help with the many chores on the farm. She was indispensable in caring for her siblings. Soon the Great Depression struck and Mary, along with her struggling family, learned the importance of frugality and gratitude for having enough. Her experiences during this time led her to adopt a favorite saying: "Waste not, want not."
At the age of 16, she had a life altering opportunity to live with her aunt in Manchester, England. It was there that she studied nursing. After graduating, WWII broke out. She joined the British Army and served with the 8th army in military campaigns in North Africa, Italy, and India and would often relate some of her harrowing wartime experiences to friends and family.
After the war, she moved to BC, where her family had relocated, and there she worked as a nurse at the Royal Columbian Hospital near Vancouver. At a local dance, she met Otto Schneider. They married and she moved to his farm near Raymond, Alberta, where she then took a hiatus from nursing to raise three children. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ.
After her children were in school, she taught herself to drive, and resumed her nursing career at the Raymond Hospital. Due to her love of music and her encouragement, many of her descendants are accomplished musicians. She loved reading, especially to her children and grandchildren, and another favorite saying became, "Books are our friends."
Over her long life she also enjoyed watching the news and kept up on current events well into her 90s.
She served in many capacities in the community and church and received several awards and recognitions for her service. She cherished any opportunity to lift and bless the lives of her family and friends. She considered all to be her friends, and set a great example of love, hard work and dedication.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors and staff of Good Samaritan Nursing Home who took exceptional care of her in her declining years. She is survived by her sister, Helen Odin, 3 children - Nancy Schneider, Oliver (Coleen) Schneider, and Elinor (Donald) Hamilton, 10 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Knight Street Chapel, Raymond. Interment to follow in Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond. Live stream will be available day of service by clicking on a link that will appear below this obituary.
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