Evelyn Ina Christina Gleig (nee Jorgenson)
October 28, 1920 – May 11, 2015
After a long and full life Evelyn died peacefully on May 11, 2015 with family by her side. Predeceased by husband Roy, brother Morris, son Robert, daughter-in-law Gail, and grandson Paul. Evelyn was born in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan on October 28, 1920. When she was thirteen she moved with her family to British Columbia, settling in Rosedale. In her youth Evelyn was active in community recreation and was an accomplished gymnast. She taught gym classes as a young woman in the Chilliwack school system and in many surrounding communities. She loved music and dancing and she played both piano and accordion at local dances and events. Evelyn gave generously of her time during her life to many community organizations and charities and she and her husband Roy enjoyed delivering meals on wheels together in the community. When her children were grown Evelyn began working with Correctional Services of Canada as a recreational director in a prison for women in Abbotsford. During her working life she also managed a small par three golf course in the Fraser Valley. Evelyn had a great love of the ocean and she and Roy spent many happy times fishing, beachcombing, and camping by the ocean in their beloved camper van. She also looked forward to extended family vacations to the Southern Gulf Islands where she could spend time with all her children and grandchildren drawing and painting, hiking, and walking the beaches. Evelyn was known for her independent spirit and strong principles and she set a great example for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was extremely proud of her large family and loved to hear about all their activities, interests, and accomplishments. In her later years she especially delighted in the visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Evelyn was lovingly cared for in her final year by the wonderful staff at Glenwood Care Home especially Dr. Lachlan Macintosh who understood and respected her wish to be in charge of her life to the very end. Evelyn is survived by her son Maurice, daughter Brenda (Mark), daughter-in-law Joanne, grandchildren Roy (Kathy), Chris (Kim), Jason, Jennifer (Chad), Brian (Sue), Anne (Liam), Leah, Michael, and step granddaughter Michelle (Brad) great grandchildren Tavis, Jordynn, Brydon, Ella, Beth, James, Kyle, Sophia, Asha, Brodie, Coen, Maielle, Mason and Hailey. A celebration of life will be held on July 2nd from 1 pm – 4 pm at the Chilliwack Golf and County Club. In lieu of flowers donations to the Salvation Army or the S.P.C.A. are appreciated.