It is with grieving hearts that the family of Alva Irvine announces her passing on Sunday morning, Nov. 18, 2007 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., the last of that Irvine generation that began in 1888.
She was born Alva Mary Elizabeth Moulton on June 28, 1916 in Emo, Ont. (Lash Township) to William Aylmer Charles Moulton, formerly of Woodford, Ont., and Annie Beatrice Watson, formerly of Bognor, Ont., near Meaford, who came to Emo in March, 1914 from Owen Sound, Ont.
Mother was raised on the Moulton homestead from 1918 in Mather Township of the Rainy River District just 13 miles north of Emo on Highway 71. She has lived in Mather Township ever since.
She worked on the farm with her parents and sibling, and attended Mather #3 school, which was about a mile-and-a-half away. She was a very tidy and ambitious person, and a loving and devoted housewife and mother.
On Oct. 10, 1934, she was unite din marriage to Roy Irvine in International Falls, Mn., who predeceased her on June 4, 1996 at age 93 after more than 61 years of marriage.
They were both raised on farms a mile apart.
They lived on their property in Mather Township on Highway 71 and raised their two sons. They kept some cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and poultry for a number of years while Dad was also a logger and labourer.
They were wonderful parents, and lovingly provided for us and cared for us right to the end. What more could a family ask! They were both healthy and lived into their 90s.
Mother enjoyed making quilts and helping others at quilting bees in earlier years, and she made a lot of our clothing when we were young and going to school. She liked gardening and picking wild fruit.
She and Dad made their home with their youngest son since 1967.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald and wife, Carol, of Emo, Ont., and Arnold of Mather (near Finland, Ont.); two granddaughters, Debbie and husband, Mike Mulholland, of Windsor, Ont., and Evelyn and friend, Matthew, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; two great-grandchildren, Jennifer Anne (Gagne) and husband, Justin Cadarette, of Windsor, Ont., and Joel Gagne of Fort Frances, Ont.; and two great-great-granddaughters, Gwynn and Meghan Cadarette of Windsor, Ont.
Also surviving are two step-great grandsons, Scott Mulholland and wife, Jennifer, and two daughters, Kaylee and Emily, and Jonathan Mulholland and wife, Michelle (Bourdeau), and their two children, Annabelle Mulholland and Michael Jonathan Mulholland, all of Windsor, Ont.
She also has three other great-grandchildren, Evelyn’s children: Starlyn, Teressa, and Christopher Irvine. Also survived by a special nephew, Gordon A. Carrier, who visited her often.
As well, she is survived by two brothers and one sister, Wellington Moulton of R.R. #2 Emo, Ont., Ivan and wife, Jean Moulton, of Napanee, Ont., and Fronie Moulton of R.R. #2, Emo, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews and great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by special cousins, Muriel (Aitken) and husband, Orin McCrabb, of Port Elgin, Ont.; as well as cousins on the Irvine side, Emery and Beryl Dawson of Fergus, Ont., and also close friends, Richard, Judith, and Tristan Dubuc of Devlin, Ont.—a very loving and caring family.
Besides her husband Roy, she was predeceased by her parents, Bill Moulton in 1947 and Annie in 1979; sisters, Thelma Carrier in 1983, Arlene Moulton in 1986, and Pansy Gibson in 1997; brothers-in-law, Albert Carrier Sr. in 1962 and Harold Gibson in 1988; nephew, William H. Gibson in 1991; and nephew-in-law, John Watts in 1983.
She also was predeceased by Roy’s siblings and their mates, John and Ethel Irvine, Ethel Irving at 19 (single), Mabel and Cliff Gordon, Rosa Irvine, Vera and Lloyd Hayes, Clara and C.D. (Buster) Saunders, Laura and Ole Hjelmeland, and “Annie” (Kathleen) and Albert Thornton.
The Irvine nieces and nephews were all good to her and respected her, and had many great visits together.
There will be no funeral service. She will be interested in the family plot in Chapple Cemetery on Barwick Road North.
We wish to thank Dr. Nugent and all the nurses of St. Andrew’s Ward of La Verendrye Hospital for their kindness and thoughtfulness, and to all others involved.
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