May 12, 1934 – April 6, 2021
Evelyn, born May 12, 1934, fell asleep peacefully in death on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. She leaves to mourn the love of her life, Albert, who she met at a barn dance in 1956, and who she kept on dancing with for 64 years. She also leaves to mourn her daughter, Wendy Benson (Ron) of Chilliwack, BC; her daughter, Susan Heisler (Jim) of Salt Spring Island, her son Paul (Shelley) of Claresholm, Alberta, and her son David, of Victoria, BC.
She was predeceased by a daughter Rebecca, at birth, and a son Daniel, in 2016. She also leaves 6 grandchildren, and their spouses and children, 9 great-grandchildren in total.
Evelyn was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. Her home was always open for those who needed a place to stay, whether it was a baby straight from the hospital, or an older gentleman who had nowhere else to go, or friends to stay for weeks at a time.
She touched many lives, from the Maritimes to the West Coast, but one of her greatest joys was talking to people about her God, Jehovah, and teaching them from the Bible. If Mom ever studied the Bible with you, it was because she really cared about you.
Evelyn also loved flowers and gardening, and one of her dreams was to have a beautiful big garden to work on in the Paradise Earth as promised in the Bible. We can just imagine her taking us by the cheeks and saying, “OK my girl, let’s get to work.” Mom was the hardest worker we know.
She worked hard on the farm we had in New Brunswick, and she worked hard in the store they owned in Valleyview, Alberta, and so much more. Her grandkids said they always remember Grandma sweeping, even the rug!
Even though Alzheimer’s took Mom away from us in many ways, she still loved music and dancing, walking everywhere, especially in Eden Care Home’s garden, and when her grandchildren came to visit. She really loved the babies!
The day before she died, a nurse at Eden told me, “We LOVE Evelyn!” What a testament to her gentle and happy personality!
Her family looks forward to seeing her happy and healthy in the Paradise, where God promises there will be no more pain or suffering.
There will be no funeral at her request, but if you knew her, please remember her as a happy, loving woman, who loved her garden, loved her family and friends with all her heart, loved her husband, Albert, and especially loved her God Jehovah.
A special thank you to the staff at Eden Care Home, who looked after Mom so lovingly until her last breath. You all are amazing, and we really appreciate all you have done.
We will miss you Mom, but look forward to seeing you “Just around the corner”…. (John 5:28,29)
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