Posted: May 16th, 2023

1935 ~ MARY ROCKABAR ~ 2023
Mary Rockabar (neé Schweeder) was taken by her saviour and sits at his side with her husband, Rocky at the age of 87 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Wade (Jennifer) Rockabar and children, Chance (Tamara) Rockabar and their children, Katie and Jameson and Kimberley Rockabar and her children, Dayzen and Quinten and Jessie (Tyler) Henry and their daughter, Paisley; Kevin (Kelly) Rockabar and their children, Kyle Rockabar and Taylor (Carter) Mckerlie and their son, Bo; Billijo (Joseph) Davis and her children, Ben Davis (Claire) and Amy Davis and her daughter, Avery; Guy (Martha) Rockabar and children, Joanna Garcia Arreola and Shainanne (Cody) Froese, and their children, Hadley and Navy; brother, Lloyd Schweeder; sisters, Doris Vollman and Margaret Gust; sister-in-law, Iris Schweeder; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Rocky; brothers, Gordon Schweeder and Robert Schweeder; as well as brothers-in law, Peter Vollman and Henry Gust. Mary was born August 20, 1935 and was the oldest of six children born to Robert and Erna Schweeder (neé Heller) at Medicine Hat. She spent her youth on the family homestead at Bowmanton, Alberta. Due to her fathers failing health they sold the farm and moved to a property in the Purmal Subdivision where they kept a large garden to support the family. Mary left school and worked in town at the Porcelain, Hycroft China and later at the Glass Factory to support her family. She also worked waitress jobs at several restaurants in town including The Savoy, City Cafe, Centennial Cafe and she was the head cook at the Husky House for years. Mary married Rocky (Emanuel) Rockabar on December 10, 1955 at St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was also baptised and confirmed. Together they devoted their lives to the Rodeo and ranching life. Mary was a very earthy person and was conscious of the prairie and she loved the subtle beauty of it; buffalo beans, cactus flowers and wild roses were often seen in a jar on the kitchen table. She always kept a big garden and she was a great cook. Her home was always warm and inviting to anyone at any time. She was handy with a sewing machine and she sewed kids clothing and also made personalised quilts for every one of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary remained very active with the church and participated in quilting circles for charity around the world. The Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 Sprague Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4A7, on Thursday, May 18th, 2023 at 1:30 pm with Pastor Ken Edel officiating. A private family interment will follow at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Mary’s memory may be made to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League c/o St. Paul Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Mary Rockabar. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

“The Chapel in the Park
#1 Dunmore Road SE,
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5
Locally owned and directed
CGR Holdings Ltd.

One Condolence for “MARY ROCKABAR”

  1. Gerald and Delphine Teierle says:

    Wade and Family

    We were very sorry to hear about your Mom. Our sincere condolences.

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