OBITUARY

Alice Krahn

July 17, 1925April 10, 2013

Born Dalmeny, Saskatchewan to Alexander and Elizabeth (Quiring) Bauman. Died at the Cottage Pavilion, Abbotsford, age 87 years. Predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband Henry, and brothers Edward and Clarence. Alice was a determined and energetic person who lived life on her terms. She wanted to learn, was determined to accomplish something in life, and above all, was fiercely determined to care for her family. She finished high school at the Mennonite Educational Institute in 1945 despite having to stay at home for several years and look after her younger siblings. She obtained an undergraduate degree and trained in nursing at the University of British Columbia, putting off marriage and family until her studies were complete. Together with Henry, who grew up on a farm across the road, she received a call to serve as a missionary for the Mennonite Brethren Church. They completed theological and practical training in California and Oklahoma before serving in India at Mahbubnagar and Hyderabad between 1955-1961. Returning to North America, she supported the family by working as an acute-care nurse in Seattle, and finished her BSc in Chemistry, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Washington. When the family moved to Fresno California, she worked as Director of Care in a Long-term care facility, and as a Nurse Practitioner. In the early years after India, she financially supported and raised the family as well as supporting Henry as he completed graduate studies in history, and began his academic career. When Henry was called to be the President of the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg MB in 1974, she retrained as a teacher. Until 1985, she taught Kindergarten in New Bothwell, MB, commuting steadfastly 45 km each way through the bitter winters in her diesel Chevy pickup. She excelled as a hostess, creating a home that was welcoming to many students and friends, as well as faculty. On Henry’s death in 1985, she moved to the family farm in Abbotsford and began a new career as raspberry farmer. Many were the employees and acquaintances who were bemused and charmed by the tiny old lady with the beret, wispy grey hair, and large purse, who was still driving tractors and bossing people about well into her eighties. Alice knew both great love and great sadness. She loved her Henry deeply and powerfully, and carried that flame until her last days. She also knew great loss. She buried two infant daughters, one in India, and one in California. Grief at Henry’s loss was still keen after nearly 30 years. She is deeply mourned by Stan Krahn, Valerie and Stewart Pierce, and Murray and Linda Krahn, as well as sisters Mathilda and Alma. She will be missed by grandchildren Matthew, James, and Andrew Pierce, and Thomas, Philippa, and Henry (Harry) Krahn.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Alice Krahn

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April 21, 2013

I am sorry to hear of Alice's passing. I have waited on her for many years in the bank and we had plenty of fascinating conversations. She told me of her nursing and teaching career and also about her family. My condolences to her children and grandchildren.
Kelly Penner

FROM THE FAMILY