We love you and will miss you, always and forever…
Marie Emma Chadwick (nee Mostat; Repay)
February 23, 1918 – November 24, 2014
With heavy hearts we sadly share the loss of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Marie. The first of thirteen children, Marie was born in Sturgis Saskatchewan. She married Bill Mostat at age 17, and they ran a general store in Usherville before moving to Manitoba in 1936, where she was a hard-working farm girl for 16 years before venturing into the restaurant business. Marie’s Diner in Birch River Manitoba was famous for miles around for her delicious home cooking – especially her pies! In 1965 they moved to Powell River, BC where she began her career as a butcher, first with Canada Safeway and later, the Chopping Block. After Bill passed, she met and married Sid Chadwick. Many of us enjoyed holidays visiting them at their beautiful home overlooking the ocean. The summer of ‘79 brought Sid and Marie to the Okanagan valley, and they settled in Armstrong. Now working at Armstrong Butchers, Marie became renown in the area once again for her cooking and baking; cakes, cookies, bread, buns, cabbage rolls and perogies and, of course, those pies! She officially “retired” at age 65 but never really stopped working… On the night before she had her stroke (three months shy of 97) she made a cherry pie for a friend. Her library of cookbooks was impressive, but if cooking was Marie’s passion, her joy came from the garden. She took gardening to a whole new level, pouring over seed catalogs all winter, experimenting with new varieties, cultivating that stubborn soil into a black richness and entering its bounty in the local fair. A drawerful of red ribbons speak to her success – remember those giant Ox Heart tomatoes, at over three pounds each?? Marie did a little bit of traveling while she was able, taking a Caribbean cruise, visiting Mexico and crossing the wide Canadian prairies. She never missed sending a birthday or ChrIstmas card, and in her “spare time” she kept busy knitting, shopping and reading. She also enjoyed participating in social events wherever she lived and playing cards with friends and family, often into the wee hours. Marie was predeceased by all but two of her siblings, her first husband (Bill Mostat), youngest son (Dennis Mostat), and husband, Sid Chadwick. She is survived by two sisters, Ada Letinsky and Pauline Mosiondz; sons George Mostat and Don (Joyce) Mostat, daughter Sharon Metcalfe, and step-daughter Val (Dave) Morton, fifteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and countless friends. The family wishes to thank the staff of Unit 3 East (Vernon Jubilee Hospital) and Dr. Stewart Long for their gentle compassionate care. Grandma loved flowers, but in lieu of sending them, donations may be made in Marie’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A celebration of her life will be held this spring, Marie’s favorite time of year. She fed us, she nurtured us, and she will be missed.
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Cremation arrangements entrusted to
ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES®
Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866