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Elma Hide

November 15, 1930 - May 22, 2013

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Elma Helen Hide went to be with her Lord, whom she loved and served faithfully, on Wednesday morning, May 22, 2013, at the age of 82.

Elma was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. When her parents died in their 40s, Elma, who was 9,  was kindly taken into the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Braul in Beaver Lodge, AB, then in Rosemary.  After 6 years with the Braul family, Elma moved to Yarrow and  lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Erna and Abe Ewert.  After highschool, Elma attended  Prairie Bible Institute. “Uncle Alex” (Voth), the foster father of Elma’s sister Herta, led her to the Lord and “since that moment,” she writes, “I have never doubted my salvation.” She was later baptized and for many years was a member of the Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church. After Bible school, in 1953,  Elma went to Nigeria as a missionary with SIM, where she served faithfully for 36 years. Elma finished language study and then taught in a girls’ school in Kabo, Northern Nigeria. She then worked at another mission station, Fago, also in the north. In 1959 she was married in Kano, Northern Nigeria, to another SIM missionary Harold Hide. Together they worked at Rinjin Gani, Zambuk, Kwoi and Kagoro where Elma was station hostess at each place, a position which she admirably filled. Most of Elma’s ministry was teaching Bible to women and girls, and also working with children and preschoolers. A project she worked on for many years, during her retirement, was the writing and publishing of her book, “Life On The Homestead and Beyond. ” This book tells the story of her parents’ move from a Mennonite settlement of southern Russia to northern Alberta, their homesteading, their early deaths and the dispersion of 7 of their 8 children to different Mennonite homes.

We, Elma’s family, thank the Lord for the incredible blessing of having her as our wife/mom/grandma. Her legacy of loving Jesus and loving others so sacrificially is one that inspires us and encourages us to do the same. We know she heard the words “Well done, good and faithful servant!” when she met Jesus face to face!

Elma is predeased by her parents, Heinrich and Helena Sawatzky, sister Erna Ewert, brothers Herman (Dick), Henry (Tom), Edward. She is survived by her husband Harold of 53 years;  four daughters Charlene (Bob) Blaschke, Cheryl Hide, Denise (Dwight) Friesen, and Doretha (Lyndon) Plett; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild; three sisters Herta (Neumann), Rita (Henry) Voth, Rosanna (Dan) Konrad; two sister-in-laws Betty (Ron) Denman, Margaret (Ed) Boldt and many nephews and nieces.

Elma’s memorial service (celebration of life) was held in Central Heights Church on May 27th, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “SIM Canada” in memory of Elma Hide.  These donations will be directed towards the ECWA Theological Seminary project, Kagoro, Nigeria, where Elma and Harold ministered for 18 years.
   

 

   

 

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From: Johanna Engler
Relation: friend

Dear Doretha and family

I would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom Sig and Johanna Engler

From: Brenda Pare
Relation: Friend if her daughter Cheryl

Cheryl my sympathy goes out to you and your family. May you keep with you wonderful memories of your mother and know she will always be with you. Miss you in our train pod Looking forward to you coming back soon.

From: Denise Hannen
Relation: Her Daughter Cheryl

I am so sorry for your loss. You are such a dear friend and I want you to know that you and your family are thought of and I will hold you in my heart. Be encouraged and know that God holds her in his arms and peace is her covering. God bless you.

May time ease the pain that no words can.
With sympathy, Denise

From: Marilyn Fairclough
Relation: former neighbour at Compton Green

I remember Elma as such a cheerful, caring, friendly person. Even though we will miss her here heaven is much richer now that she is there. My thoughts to you all.

From: Amie Rimmer
Relation: Friend of Cheryl

Cheryl I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom
My thoughts are with you and your Family at this difficult time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 27, 2013
Beginning at 3:30pm

Location:
Central Heights Church
1661 McCallum Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

1661 McCallum Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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