It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Evelyn Bernice Brown, 97, with her family by her side, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances, Ont.
Evelyn was born June 4, 1916 in Burriss, Ont. to William and Anne Hill and spent her childhood there until she married Clarence Brown on Sept. 1, 1937.
Evelyn and Clarence raised their five children—Dennis, Beverly, Marlene, Norma, and, Audrey—on the farm south of Devlin; a place she lived for 70 years prior to her move to Golden Age Manor in Emo, Ont. in 2002.
Evelyn was a hard worker and in her early years she was a telephone operator. While she was raising her family, she worked the farm and eventually was the custodian at Cornerbrook School for 21 years.
Her grandchildren all have many fond memories of helping Gram clean the school!
Evelyn thoroughly enjoyed life. She loved playing baseball, gardening, picking berries, playing cards, knitting, and crocheting and, most of all, watching her grandchildren play hockey.
Evelyn was a member of the Devlin United Church and the United Women’s Institute. She also was a canvasser for the Canadian Cancer Society for 25 years and she had the honour of receiving the Senior of the Year award for her commitment to the community.
Everyone loved Evelyn’s oatmeal cookies; they were one-of-a-kind and no one could ever make them like Gram!
Evelyn was a quiet lady but when she spoke, she did so with kindness and love, making her an icon in the family and a cherished friend with her peers; she will be dearly missed.
Her secret to a long life was to eat lots of garlic, onions, and sardines; don’t worry and be happy; and, work hard, do your best, and never complain.
Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Clarence; son-in-law, Ray Veran; daughter-in-law, Doris Brown; and brothers, Mike and Hank Hill.
Evelyn leaves behind her son, Dennis Brown; daughters; Beverly Veran, Marlene Nelson (Wade), Norma Brown (Bill), and Audrey Lenart (John); sisters-in-law, Wilma Redford (Rod) and Shirley Brown; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In the lieu of flowers, the family has asked for in memoriam donations to be made to a charity of your choice.
At Evelyn’s request, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held to honour her life.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com