Humans of Canadian Memorial: Rosemary

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

“When I met my future husband in England, he was married. Financially, we couldn’t see a way that we could ever have a future, so he moved his family to Zambia! After 18 months there, he decided to move to Vancouver and asked if I would consider meeting him there. After more ups and downs, we eventually married in 1968 and were married for 46 years! So, in the end it worked out well! We were living in Vancouver when he was arrested and went to jail for theft. It’s at this point that we met a minister who was very supportive of him. I witnessed the changes that God was making in Ted’s life and we were baptized shortly thereafter. When he had finished serving his time, he went back into prisons doing Bible Studies, as a Chapel volunteer. The same minister then convinced him he should be ordained. My first thoughts were “Oh my God! I don’t bake cookies, I don’t play piano, I can’t sing, how could I ever be a minister’s wife!?” But as time went on, he was absolutely convinced that was what he had to do. He was ordained in 1984 and the prison system invited him to become a prison chaplain. He went back to work in the camp where he had been an inmate. In the meantime, I was working for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and worked there for 39 years. We enjoyed our retirement years together until he passed away in January 2014.   I said to myself: “Tomorrow’s the first day of the rest of my life, a new chapter in the book of my life and I can make it what I want. I could feel sorry for myself… but who’s going to want to be around me? So I’m just going to go out, embrace life and get on with it!” I went to Barbados 3 weeks later and have been travelling ever since! Life is good!”