MILDRED ISABELL SAWYER

(NEE MAXWELL)

Mildred was born on December 8th, 1918 at Radisson, Saskatchewan and passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 9th, 2009 from complications following surgery. Mildred lived her life with grace and dignity.

Mildred was the daughter of Ada and Fred Maxwell who homesteaded in Radisson, Saskatchewan and raised eight children on the family farm.

Mildred was predeceased by her loving husband John in 1993. She will be remembered with great love by her two daughters, Brenda Sawyer Hooge (Dr. Conrad Koke) of Salt Spring Island and Sidney Sawyer (Sydney Portner) of Vancouver; her four grandchildren, Andrea Hooge of Seattle, Samuel Hooge (Christine), Joshua Portner (Brigid MacAulay) and Maxwell Portner all of Vancouver. Mildred will be missed by her sisters, Jean Pay, Gerry Jameson, Joy Shimek and her brother Don Maxwell, and many sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her sister Elsie Young, brothers Bill Maxwell and Milo Maxwell, nieces Kathryn Jameson, Valerie Young, and Cheryl Gray and nephews Ian Pay and Kent Maxwell.

In her early twenties Mildred spent three years in the Saskatoon Sanatorium as a patient and she often commented how those years taught her patience. When she recovered, she joined the office staff at the San prior to her marriage. Mildred and John lived in Saskatoon for 40 years and enjoyed community life, friends and family. She was active in the Presbyterian and United Churches and the Y.W.C.A. She was a long-time member of the Granite Curling Club, the Saskatoon Duplicate Bridge Club and a Square Dancing group. Mildred was a tremendous support to John in his career, and together she and John had a full social life. Mildred was always a constant source of strength and support for her large extended family and many friends.

Mildred and John retired to Victoria in 1978 where they reconnected with former Prairie friends and made many new friendships. Mildred was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching a wide range of sports including curling, hockey, tennis and baseball. She continued to be active in the community with bridge, scrabble and many social events. She will be lovingly missed by all of her friends in Victoria.

Mildred recently re-located to Salt Spring Island to be closer to her daughters. She was settling into her new life at Heritage Place, making new friends and looking forward to playing bridge and scrabble in the fall.

Friends are invited to join the family to remember Mildred’s life on Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 2-4 pm for tea at the Uplands Golf Club, 3300 Cadboro Bay Road in Victoria, B.C. Tributes, if desired, may be made to the United Way of Greater Victoria, #2-1144 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K8 (1-250-385-6708).

If You Stand Very Still

If you stand very still in the heart of a wood –

you will hear many wonderful things

The snap of a twig, the wind in the trees

and the whir of invisible wings

If you stand very still in the turmoil of life and you wait for the voice from within,

You’ll be led down the quiet ways of wisdom and peace in a mad world of chaos and din

If you stand very still and you hold to your faith, you will get all the help that you ask

You will draw from the silence

the things that you need:

Hope and courage and strength for your task

– The Quiet Corner, 1937

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