was born on October 31st, 1923 in Russkowoja, Caucasus, Ukraine and was called Home to be with her Lord and Saviour on August 22nd, 2012 at the age of 88 years.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her chosen daughter, Elaine (Kerry) Leeuw of Boyle, Alberta; two grandchildren, Laressa (Tyler Heatherington) Gauthier of Boyle, Alberta and Paul (Heather Gillingham) Gauthier of Plamondon, Alberta; her four siblings, Eva Esau, Victor (Marge) Retzlaff, Kay Retzlaff and Olga (Alex) Papow, all of Abbotsford, B.C.; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Maria Retzlaff; her husband, Ernest David (Ernie) Neufeld; two brothers, both named John; and one sister, Margaret Lepp.
Mary was a wonderful artist and incredible seamstress. Her artistic gifting was discovered later in life and her paintings were awesome works of art. She, together with her late husband, were both very active in church ministry for at least forty years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Larry Woelke officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Mary to the Grace Bible Church Memorial Fund, 5661 Silver Star Road, Vernon, B.C. V1B 3P5.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5