Mary Elizabeth Crooks (nee Cunningham) was born March 22nd, 1925, on the home farm, at Mazenod, Saskatchewan.
During her younger years, she rode horseback to school and the horse soon became her faithful companion.
She worked at the TD Bank in Lafleche where she met her forever soulmate (Ken Crooks) and they were married on March 23rd, 1949.
Mary was a master at handcrafts; sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, cross stitching and she even did some painting. She was musically inclined and played the piano, guitar and organ. She loved to cook and bake. She always had fresh baking in the house. She enjoyed gardening and had a green thumb. She especially enjoyed her Lillies. She even tried beekeeping to raise honey.
Mary and Ken made many fond memories traveling to Norway, Hawaii, Southern California, Port of Churchill, Mexico and Expo 86 in British Columbia.
Mary sang in the church choir and was an active member of the UCW which she was president.
Mary passed away peacefully in Assiniboia, SK at the Ross Payant Nursing Home on September 12th, 2023 at the age of 98. She leaves to mourn her sons Allan Crooks, Larry (Verlyn) Crooks, Kevin Crooks, Leslie (Shelly) Crooks, Darrell Crooks, Marty (Cheryl) Crooks, daughter Heather Crooks, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by her husband Ken Crooks; son Nelson Crooks; daughter-in-law Sandra Crooks (nee Peters); parents Archie and Inga (nee Kjelback) Cunningham; step-sisters Margaret McPeek and Christine Gray; brother Sam Cunningham.
A Funeral Service for Mary will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 2:00 pm at the Lafleche Untied Church, Lafleche, SK, with Reverend Janelle Shaw officiating.
Mom’s secret to a long life was: eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty, sleep when you are tired and work hard.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thank you for the exceptional care Mary received from Ross Payant Nursing Home and Piche-Hawkins-Grondin Funeral Chapels.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society.