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SARAH MAE HAGLUND (published on September 17, 2011)



SARAH MAE HAGLUND (WOOD) (Grandma Mae) Mae passed away peacefully in the early hours of August 29, 2011 at Fred Douglas Lodge. She is survived by her son, Robert, daughter-in-law, Diane, granddaughter, Jane, brother, Harry Wood and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Fingal, her beloved husband of 59 years in September, 2004 and by her parents, Francis and Ann (Black) Wood, brothers, Alfred and James and sister, Lorna Bray. Mae was born June 21, 1910 on the family farm near Darlingford and attended Calf Mountain School. She remained at home helping on the farm until age 28 when she moved to Winnipeg. She worked at a variety of jobs and finally at Midwest Aircraft where she met Fingal. They married April 28, 1945 at Mae's parents' home in Darlingford. Fingal had purchased 78 Home Street in late 1944 and this would remain the family home until 1992 when the couple moved to Lion's Place. They purchased property at Red Rock Lake in 1962 and life at the cabin brought them much joy for the next 25 years. In late retirement, Mae and Fingal fell in love with Hawaii and spent 17 winter vacations there. They visited Fingal's family in Sweden several times and Mae enjoyed correspondence with relatives there until her death. Mae was a creative cook, a talented seamstress and quilter, and an avid reader. She was a devoted member of Home Street United Church and was honoured with a Life Membership in the UCW (United Church Women). Mae approached her senior years with enthusiasm. She took her first swimming lesson at age 63 and successfully completed the Red Cross Water Safety Program to the Senior Level. She participated in a synchronized swim group and volunteered for many years with the Adaptive Aquatic Program at Sherbrook Pool. She also was an active volunteer at Lion's Place. Mae was blessed with remarkable health. She participated fully in activities at Lion's Place and did her own cooking and housework through her 99th year. During the last two years Mae accepted the rigours of advanced age with remarkable courage and grace. She is sadly missed. The family would like to thank the staff team of Willow Unit at Fred Douglas Lodge for their compassionate care and caring for Mae during the past 11 months. In lieu of flowers friends who wish are invited to make a donation to their favourite charity in celebration of Mae's life. A family graveside service was held at Darlingford Cemetery on September 14, 2011 with Cathie Waldie officiating. Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements, 822-4755 wiebefuneralhomes.com


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