Agatha DREWS

Agatha DREWS

Agatha passed away on December 14th, 2010 at the Eden Care Home in Chilliwack, at age 100 years. She was born on August 9th, 1910 in Russia.

Agatha lived during the Revolution, spending her teen years in Siberia and in Poland. She worked for a millionaire, herding pigs and milking cows.

At the age of 18, she came to Canada. She called it the ‘good life.’ She was told that there were roasted pigs on the streets and everyone could just help themselves. Agatha paid her own way, and was sponsored by her cousin, Mrs. Stienke. Living in the town Morris, Agatha worked at the local hotel for two months as a temporary replacement for Mrs. Grams. She then went on to work at the Walter Swain farm near Morris. She met our Dad, Albert Dalkeith, in a ‘Model T’ owned by a German farmer while she was visiting some friends; he happened to be their visitor too. They lived in Morris where their four children were born.

The family then moved to Steinbach where Freddie was born, completing the family unit, and living there for 11 years. (1942-1953). The family then moved to Winnipeg and finally to Chilliwack.

Agatha is survived by daughter Dorothy of Morris, MB, Alma of Leamington, ONT, sons Herb (Betty) of Chilliwack, Fred (Judy) of Aldergrove, stepson Clarence Bodner, Mary Bidner and Marge, many grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by her niece Lekadia nee Conrad (Schmidt) Miller, Lydia Schalin, Rueben and Willie Rentz and their sister Agnes.

She was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Wilhelmenia Renz, her brothers and sisters Andreaus, Karl, Karline, Sarah, Otto, Ella, Emily, Olga, Olga, and Daniel.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack. There will be a graveside service at 1:00 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cemeteries followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. from the Evangelical Missionary Church, 9310 Williams Street, Chilliwack.

Memorial donations may be made to the Evangelical Church Memorial Fund.

The family would like to give a big thank you to the staff at the Eden Care Home.

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