MARY EVELYN METKE (Forget-Me-Nots)

On August 12, 2021, Mary Evelyn Metke (Gray) passed away peacefully at the age of 97 in Fort McLeod, Alberta. She is survived by her children Kim (MarieTheres), Kathy (Dean) and John (Julie); her grandchildren, very much to focus of her life, Samantha, Paul, Angie, Richard, Cyrena, Daicya, Bryana, Brandon, Nathaniel, Darnell, Timothy, Meghan, Kevin and Liam; 15 great-grandchildren; two nephews; and a niece.

Preceded by her husband of 45 years Herman Frances Metke; her parents William and Ethel Gray; her siblings Jack Gray, William ‘Bill’ Gray (Pauline), Dorothy Gray; and granddaughter Daisy Quinn.

Evelyn was born April 13, 1924 in Elfros, Saskatchewan and with her father being a bank manager moved a number of times before finishing up and graduating in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Too young to go on, she worked at the town office and when able went to ‘Normal School’ in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where a friend matched she and Herman. She taught kindergarten in Regina until getting fired for getting married! They were married in Fort Frances where her parents had been transferred, and had their first introduction to one of the business ‘Queens’ of the town. Since Herman had no friends or family able to come, when ‘Betty’ Anderson arrived at the church and was asked where to be seated, her reply was “she was the mother of the groom.” Their conclusion was to the ruggedness of the area as they spent their wedding night at the Rex hotel, the only open hotel, where Herman left her to go deal with the crudeness of the ‘Jack Pine Savages’ (area lumber jacks). This term, when used, was Evelyn’s closest attempt to swearing.

They left Regina to help at the farm in Pangman and later moved to Fort Frances. Evelyn will definitely be remembered for her years at the Fort Frances Clinic Dispensary alongside Herman and all the volunteer work she did in the community, for which she was recognized in 2017 as ‘Citizen of the Year.’

Evelyn will be remembered because of her love of her family and passion for the community. She will be greatly missed yet fondly remembered. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of Evelyn’s life is postponed until family can gather to honour and remember her, as she will be buried next to her husband in Amulet, Saskatchewan.