Mary Charlotte Werner

19 November, 191931 December, 2020

Mary passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Bow View Manor in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 101 years. The second of nine children, she was born on November 19, 1919 at the family homestead near Grande Prairie, Alberta to Bjarne and Olava Throness. A five kilometer horseback ride to a one room school was a common occurrence until completion of grade 9. High school and business college were attended in Grande Prairie. Mary enrolled at the Peace River Bible Institute where she prepared for her life’s work as a missionary. Immediately following graduation in 1943, Mary married Henry Werner. The newlyweds booked on a freighter to commence their mission work in Bolivia and Argentina, followed by a teaching assignment in a Bible college in Cuba. In 1949 Mary and Henry opened a mission work in St. Lucia, followed by teaming with others in St. Vincent to open the Windward Islands Bible Institute. During these years, Mary was actively involved with Henry in teaching and establishing new churches. From 1955 to 1974, she operated the Western Canada office for World Team, first in Three Hills and then in Calgary. Upon retirement from World Team, Mary worked as secretary for the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Calgary for twenty years. Mary enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening and writing. She published many articles and two books. Her last book, Inspirational Gold, was published in 2005. Mary is survived by her four children: Walter (Linda), Murray, Marylin (Allan Rand), and Ruth (Bill McKeeman). Five grandchildren survive her: Jeffery, Kristin, Kari, Dylan and Sara. Surviving siblings are Oswald (Ruth) Throness, Myrtle (Bob) MacKenzie, Lloyd (Hazel) Throness and Dean (Lucille) Throness. She was predeceased by her husband Henry, her brothers Chester and Harald, and her sisters Olive and Hazel. This gracious woman loved family, friends and work. But most of all, Mary loved her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Bible study and prayer were her life-long and daily habits. She had no fear of death; rather, with anticipation she would dream of the day when she would be with her Lord and Savior who had unfailingly loved her and forgiven all her sins, and whom she served faithfully for over 80 years


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Lou Monahan

8 January 2021

Although I didn't know your Mom, I know you were very proud of her, and rightly so. A life well lived indeed.

Lou and Barb Monahan

Keith Wiederwax

8 January 2021

We as World Team Canada (formerly known as the West Indies Mission) want to honour our dear sister in the Lord, Mary Charlotte Werner, who served so faithfully alongside her husband Henry in making Christ’s cause of worldwide missions known here in Canada. They both lived and breathed missions, and their specific role was to mobilize for the harvest fields in the Caribbean.

Although I personally didn’t have the privilege of knowing her, those who did tell me that Mary loved her Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart, strength, and soul. This was evident in her daily prayer life and her study of the Word. One of our members told me of the time when Henry preached from the Prairie Tabernacle platform one Sunday night with such earnestness and gusto on behalf of the lost who desperately needed a Saviour that he started sweating profusely and turning red in the face. In fact, it was said afterwards that he had suffered a heart attack. Mary was there alongside him to provide her support and encouragement because missions was also her passion and heartbeat.

Living to the ripe old age of 101 years tells me something about Mary’s life as based on her beloved Scriptures:
• She was someone who must have obeyed her parents in her youth (Ex. 20:13; Eph. 6:1-3).
• She was someone who must have never cursed her parents (Prov. 20:20).
• She was someone who must have had a good character (Prov. 21:21).
• She was someone who must have kept the various laws of God (Ezek. 18:14-18).
• She was someone who must have kept the words of God in her heart (Deut. 11:18-21).
• In summary, she was a faithful child of God who took her personal faith in Him very, very seriously and lived it out.

Our whole World Team Family extends their sincerest sympathies to Mary’s children, Walter (Linda), Murray, Marylin (Allan Rand), and Ruth (Bill McKeeman), grandchildren, as well as her niece Joyce Throness (who also served with World Team in Haiti). May God extend His comfort to you at this time.

Hazel Throness

7 January 2021

Mary was a lovely sister-in-law. She was kind and caring and welcoming to me as I joined the Throness family.
I moved to the original Throness farm when Lloyd and I were married and was worried I’d not be able to make it feel like home to my new family
Mary , one of my new sisters always made me feel like one of the family She had done so much research on their homeland of Norway and was a walking encyclopedia on all the happenings from her parents leaving Norway , and finally settling in this new country of Alberta Her knowledge of my ‘ new home’ was tremendous and it was always a treat when her family visited and I could learn details of life I had never heard about
Summer visits from her children were welcomed as she’d done an excellent job raising them and teaching them to help .
Her last few years were not easy for her but her family were faithful to take good care ,visiting every day until restrictions were imposed.
Dear Mary , U will be missed ,but we know your rewards will be great. ,, U were a faithful servant in so many ways. Your love for Jesus shone through ♥️♥️♥️🤗🤗

Lloyd Alstad

7 January 2021

I am glad that Mary was given the gift of a long dedicated life. I have many good memories of her hospitality in Calgary, and the many opportunities to hang out with her sons in my teenage and early adult years. I am grateful for her putting together the "Throness Story". Her solid commitment in following Christ is a good model for all of us.

Love and prayers to the family from both of us.
Lloyd and Marti Alstad.

Rosalind Masterson Shakotko

7 January 2021

The Masterson and Werner families were friends for many years in Three Hills. We used to spend New Year’s Day together for many years - one year at our house, one year at the Werner’s. Happy memories of days gone by.

Armond Forseth

7 January 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as this sweet lady goes to her eternal reward.

Tim W Callaway

7 January 2021

On behalf of my extended family, I salute the memory of Mrs Werner as gained from Three Hills’ days in the ‘60s and ‘70s and then with the larger Throness “tribe” while I was the pastor at McLaurin Baptist Church in Grande Prairie in the last half of the 1980s. Sympathies and best wishes to all of her children of whom I retain some hilarious memories!! There lingers in my mind the frequent refrain of Murray Werner being summoned to the school office for disciplinary action!!😊😊