Maureen was born to Emil and Mabel (nee Anderson) Gustafson in Lac Vert, Saskatchewan, on April 13, 1940 and grew up on the family farm nearby. At a young age her family moved into the town of Lac Vert and when she was eight years old her family moved to Humboldt and made it their home. She attended Humboldt Public School and over the course of her life, was employed in several occupations. For 25 years, Maureen worked at the Princess Café as a waitress, for 15 years at St. Mary’s Villa in the kitchen, and with housekeeping and nursing on weekends, and finally for 10 years as a caregiver to the elderly in their homes. When Maureen turned 69, she retired. Music was always a joy for Maureen and she played both the piano and the organ. Outside, she liked to garden and to look after her flowers and take pictures. She was a great baker, making coffee and dainties for socializing and she had fun dancing and playing cards with friends.