Evelyn Charlton (nee Wenzel). August 27, 1934 – October 14, 2013. On Thanksgiving morning, Monday, October 14, 2013, our wonderful sweet mom, Evelyn Charlton, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of family. She was a Queen Mom, Queen Granny and Queen Friend. Her greatest joy was found in helping other people and she spent most of her life doing just that. When she wasn’t busy helping others she was busy knitting cozy slippers, making her famously delicious cinnamon buns, canning fruits and vegetables, going to BINGO or selling her wares at various Chilliwack flea markets. Mom will forever be remembered for her unending patience, warm constant smile, and unconditional love that is indelibly etched on our hearts. Born in Alsask, Saskachewan on August 27, 1934, Evelyn was the eighth in a family of thirteen children. She was predeceased by her parents, Emil and Caroline Wenzel, brothers Johnny, Howard, Norbert, Alfred, Melvin, Alan, and Kenneth, sisters Loretta, and Mildred, husband John (Jack) Joseph Charlton, sons, Lorne and Raymond and special friend Roger Asselin. Evelyn is survived by her brother Harvey (Rose), sisters Anita (Ralph/deceased) and Marilyn (Arnold), three daughters Arlene DeBruin (Carl/deceased), Valerie Miner (Phil), and Carolyn Fletcher (Heath) and grandsons, Cory, Jackson, Griffin and Gavin as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Evelyn left her home on the farm at the age of sixteen and shortly thereafter attended Secretarial School in Medicine Hat before moving to Calgary to work in the Insurance industry. That didn’t last long as she enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces and became one of the first women to be trained as a practical nurse. She was stationed at CFB Fort Churchill , Saskachewan and fondly recalled stories of working up in the Hudson’s Bay region caring for Inuit women and children. This was also the beginning of her legacy of helping others. It is there too that she met her soul mate, Cpl. John (Jack) Joseph Charlton, and on November 9, 1956 the two were married. Eventually, they were posted to CFB Chilliwack where they raised their family together and she became a civilian licensed practical nurse at the Chilliwack Coqualetza Federal Hospital. Following it’s closure and the death of Jack in the early 70’s she became a single mom working for 25 years as a public servant at CFB Chilliwack’s First Combat Engineer’s Regiment. After retirement, Mom was drawn back to “the farm” and found a labour of love at Forstbauer Natural Food Farm in Chilliwack. It is there she enjoyed friendship and peace. Nothing gave her more pleasure than the solitude and quiet of the fields and the fulfilment of its harvest. May you pick veggies forever Mom! You shall be loved and missed always. Until we meet again. XOXO

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