Edla Augusta Orwick, 98, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care, formerly of 1301 Elizabeth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.
She was born Aug. 19, 1911 in McCrosson-Tovell Township, Ont. to the late John and Anna Larson.
In 1932, she married Maurits Carlson and together they raised their two children. In 1939, they moved to Bergland, Ont., where they lived and the children attended school.
After the death of her husband, Maurits, in 1948, Edla moved to Fort Frances. It was during this time that she went back to work cooking. She worked at several tourist and logging camps, including John Stewart Logging, Domtar Timber Co., and the Canadian National Railways over the years.
During her cooking career, she met all types of people who were very interesting and provided many funny moments.
She retired in 1975 and had lived a very active life since.
Edla enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and handiwork, often providing, afghans, mittens, and slippers to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also made many patchwork quilts that she gave to her family.
Edla also had a love for the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. In 1999 at the age of 87, she caught a northern pike on Rainy Lake which weighed in at more than 14 pounds.
She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br. #29 in Fort Frances and recently had received her 45-year membership pin. She also was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 1338.
She was predeceased by her father, John Larson, on Nov. 24, 1945; mother, Anna Larson, on July 25, 1971; husband, Maurits Carlson on July 28, 1948; daughter-in-law, Shirley Carlson on Jan. 18, 1984; three sisters, Ellen Silver, Nadine Nelson, and Ada Pott; and nine brothers, Isidorus, Ralph, Alphonse, Elof, John, Victor, Walter, Bruce, and Lester Larson.
Edla is survived by her son, Ken Carlson of Fort Frances, Ont.; daughter, Arlene and husband, William Lamb, of Fort Frances, Ont.; six grandchildren, Sharlene Lamb (John), Bill Lamb Jr. (Tammy), Shelley White (Peter), Kari Shine (Larry), Brad Carlson (Janice), and Cheryl Boon (Richard); 11 great-grandchildren, Christina Lamb-Fisher (Ian), Tim Lamb( Erin), Scott Lamb, Jeffrey White, Joshua Shine, Ashley Shine, Jonathan Carlson, Courtney Carlson, Jason Boon, Jennifer Boon, and Amanda Boon; three great-great-grandchildren, Chloe Lamb, Gavin Aylward, and Kingston Aylward; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place, and a graveside service will be held at Fort Frances Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.
In memoriam donations may be made to La Verendrye General Hospital–Intensive Care Unit, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, ON. P9A 2B7, the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8, or the charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com