Mary Elizabeth Valleau passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Saturday evening, September 28. She lived a fulfilling life with her husband, Geordie, until he passed in 1993. They farmed in the Aylsham district, raising two children, Wayne and Barbara. They lost their second child, Keith, as an infant. Mary was born in 1917 and raised in Fairy Glen, SK, the fifth (or sixth) child of John and Mary Conacher, immigrants from Scotland. Her twin brother, David, was killed in Normandy in the second Great War.
She was a lively girl who did well in school and loved to play softball. After completing high school, she attended Normal School in Moose Jaw. Her first teaching assignment was in Kinistino. In 1940, she married Geordie, whom she had first met at summer ball tournaments; she playing with the Fairy Glen women, he with the Moose Range men.
In 1947, they moved from the farm to Aylsham where they became part of the social life of the community; Mary with the United Church, Geord with sports. She sang in the choir, worked with the Women’s Association, led CGIT, served as an elder, and raised her children in the Faith. In the community, she was an enthusiastic member of the Horticultural Society.
In 1998, Mary moved to Nipawin to live in an apartment in Pioneer House where she was an involved part of that active group of residents. In 2016, she moved to Arborfield.
Her life was one of love and service. She shared the love and respect of a wide circle of friends. Mary was a member of two large extended families, the Conachers and the Valleaus, who cared and supported each other. She enjoyed that love until her passing.
Mary Valleau was a good woman who lived a fulfilling life. She has God’s love.