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Mary "Molly" Amundson
October 18, 1930 ~ October 19, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Mary Rosina Amundson (nee Graham) died peacefully and surrounded by family on October 19, 2023. She was born on October 18, 1930, in Valley Center SK, to Aemelius and Wilhelmine Graham, the fifth of nine children. The family moved to Meadow Lake in spring of 1932 and later to a homestead in the Island Hill district where she received schooling until grade 8.
At age sixteen she left home and moved to Prince Albert to work in the Tuberculosis Sanatorium. This was the first of several jobs around Saskatchewan including Kyle, White Bear and eventually Saskatoon. In April 1955, she came with her infant son Timothy to Robsart to the home of recently widowed Ralph Amundson to keep house and care for his children, Clark (age 6) and Audrey (age 2), while he farmed. They were married in 1965 and twin daughters Karen and Candice were born in 1969. Those early years were filled with immensely hard work but fun times too; including curling, square dancing, and berry picking. She had a huge garden and a flock of chickens and took pride in serving dinners derived entirely from their own meat, eggs, dairy and produce.
In 1981, Ralph retired and moved the family into Maple Creek. Molly worked part time at the Co-op lunch counter and owned a couple of rental houses in town. After Ralph died in 1997, Molly filled her days visiting friends, knitting, sewing, reading, baking bread, taking care of her lawn and flowerbeds, and playing Bingo. She often travelled to Saskatoon or Regina to visit Karen or Candice; and shared in the satisfaction when Tim and Joyce wrapped up each successful calving, seeding or harvest season. She always enjoyed hearing about the interests and accomplishments of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Molly is survived by her son Timothy Amundson, daughters Karen Amundson and Candice (Russ) Amundson-Eirich, granddaughter Linda (Kelly) Wenzel, grandson Scott Amundson, granddaughter Lesley (Stuart) Coutts and their children Ryker and Robyn, grandchildren Abigail Vavrik (Taylor Becker), Jonah Eirich and Liberty Eirich, great-granddaughter Shae-Lyn (Brett) Schlossberger and their daughter Emery and great-granddaughter Rori (JJ) Burgess and their children Jordon, Owen and Raylynn, grandson Stacy Rouse and his daughters Kristen and Jessica, granddaughter Athena (Jason) Cutts and their sons Isaiah, Everett and Aidan, grandson Jay (Sibrena) Amundson and their children Hanna and Connor. She is also survived by her sister Ruth Grills and brothers Roy (Rita) Graham and Charlie (Connie) Graham and numerous nieces and nephews.
Molly was pre-deceased by her husband, her stepson Clark Amundson, stepdaughter Audrey Amundson, daughter-in-law Joyce Amundson and infant daughter Iris. She was also pre-deceased by both parents, siblings Theo Graham, Ivan Graham, Eve (Jack) Webster, Sylvia (John) Zmetana, brother-in-law Ken Grills and infant brother Louis.
Molly’s family would like to acknowledge their heartfelt gratitude to Elmer and Sharon Ebner, Lois Wright, her nephew Elwood Amundson, as well as neighbors, for the extra visits of friendship and support in recent years. Special thanks to the medical team in Maple Creek and Kari Peters of Binkley’s Funeral Service for their warmth and professionalism.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility in Molly’s memory. A family gathering and interment will be held in the spring at Robsart Cemetery.