Mary Pauls - Mar 27, 2020 at Private Service

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Mary (Schrag) Pauls 1924-2020

Mary Pauls (nee Schrag) passed into the presence of her Lord on March 21, 2020 at the age of 95 years. She was born on May 11, 1924 to Benjamin and Carrie (Graber) Schrag as the 9th child of eleven in Pretty Prairie, Kansas.

She was predeceased by both her parents, and all her 10 siblings. She is survived by one brother-in-law Ben Friesen in Hutchinson, Kansas. Left to mourn is her beloved husband of 58 years, John Pauls, his five siblings, and four in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews, many who had become very near and dear to her.

Her spiritual journey began in 1937 when Theodor Epp, founder of Back to the Bible broadcast, came to have spiritual revival meetings in Pretty Prairie Mennonite Church. She along with many others confessed their sins and found peace with our Lord Jesus. On June 9, 1940 she received baptism and joined the church. Early in life she felt called to the mission field. To equip herself for duty she attended and graduated from Grace Bible College in Omaha, NE. She then went to Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton, KS, where she got her BSC in Nursing with emphasis in psychiatrics. In 1952 she left for India and served at two mission hospitals, Champa Christian Hospital and Sewa Bhawan Hospital, serving shelter, in Jagdeeshpur, India. She loved bedside nursing the most, connecting with patients on a one to one basis. For years Mary taught a nurse aide class. She had a way of making people feel special, whether patients in the hospital or the many friends she connected by phone. She would listen attentively to their struggles and tried to be with them in their hour of need.

When she returned for her second term to the mission field, she met her beloved husband John Pauls and were married in 1961. They left India in August 1976 and resided in Morden, Manitoba till 1980 when they felt the Lord leading them to Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire, Africa, where they served for three years. They have resided in Winnipeg since 1983. In later years her routine after breakfast was time spent with her Bible and Lord, bringing before Him her concerns, cares, and petitions for neighbours, loved ones and anyone with struggles in life. In her final days and weeks of struggles and weakness she said, “I want to go to be with Jesus.”

A private family service will take place at Friends Funeral Services in Winnipeg, with Interment at South Side Cemetery in Morden, Manitoba.