Evelyn Joan BELSHAM

(Kirk)

Evelyn Belsham passed away peacefully with her husband, children and grandchildren at her side on February 28, 2008.

Evelyn was born on March 14, 1933 in Bently Alberta.

She was the oldest of three children and grew up in Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Evelyn was married to Fred Belsham for 56 wonderful years. Together they were blessed with four loving children, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with the eighth due to arrive any day.

During their first 25 years together, they traveled across Canada and Europe with the military. They lived in Calgary Alberta, Germany, Kingston, Ontario, and Borden, Ontario, before settling in Chilliwack in 1973.

Evelyn was very active in her community no matter where she lived. She taught preschool for 18 years at the Chilliwack YMCA. For over 45 years, she was in the Girl Guide movement, at St. John’s Anglican Church. She was an active member and she also belonged to the quilting guild and bridge club. Her hobbies included camping, bridge, crib, card games of any kind, scrap booking, quilting, needlework, sewing, bird watching, gardening and YMCA aquafit.

Grandma especially loved watching her grandchildren perform in band concerts, plays and dance recitals. She was their #1 fan and cheerleader at countless hockey, baseball and basketball games.

Evelyn lived for and loved her family more than words could ever say. She was respected and loved by all.

Evelyn is survived by her husband Fred; daughters: Linda (John) Carne, Elaine (Gordon) Jackson, Marlene (Franco) Linza; son: John (Lessia) Belsham; and grandchildren Trevor (Christina) Carne, Nathan (Melissa) Carne, Emily (Dustin) Carne, Jillian (Adam) Nelson, Jeremy (Jessica) Neufeld, Kris (Jessica) Neufeld, Matt (Megan) Neufeld, Laura Linza, Fraser Linza; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Brooks Wingrave; and many niece and nephews.

Funeral Services for Evelyn Belsham will be held Friday, March 7th 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the YMCA Endowment or the Kidney Foundation.

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