Olive Olga Advent (nee Widgren) was born in the Township of Tovell, Ont. on March 7, 1911 to Tillie and Charlie Widgren. She attended school in Worthington & Tovell.
In her early years, she worked in the Bergland General Store. In December, 1929, she moved to Garson, Man. to meet her mom’s family and stayed for six years working at the Beausejour Hotel. Upon returning home, she worked again at Bergland and Rainy River.
In the spring of 1937 until 1943, she spent her summers at Nestor Falls, Ont. working at Young’s, Dalseg’s, and Clark & Crombie’s tourist camps. It was during that time she fell in love and married Frank, her husband of 61 years.
They were married March 20, 1938 at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances, Ont., and spent the winter months on the homestead in Dewart.
In early March, 1946, they moved to a farm north of Stratton. Until 1984, she worked side by side with Frank until retirement, when they moved to their home on the banks of the Rainy River near Stratton. Her idea of retirement was preparing wonderful meals for her family, spending time with the grandchildren, baking pies for the coffee shop, gardening, canning, and playing cards at the seniors’ centre.
She was a member of the U.C.W. and the Stratton United Church.
In January, 1998, they moved to Morley Meadowside Manor until her illness in October, 1998. Since that time, she has been at the Emo hospital.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Olive passed away peacefully May 12, 1999 at Emo, Ont.
She leaves to mourn her husband, Frank; and her three children, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
They include Telford and Elaine of Stratton, with their children, Carla (James) Kanter of San Francisco, Cal., and JoLayne (Dan) Davidson and daughter, Alexia, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and daughters, Carolyn of Stratton, and Emily and Norman Hyatt with their sons, Trevor and David, of Barwick, Ont.
Also surviving are one sister, Helma and husband, Derward Angus, of Fort Frances, Ont.; uncle, Greg Gaudry of Selkirk, Man.; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Widgren, Vicky Bates, Jocelyn Wise, Margaret Advent, Kathleen Advent, and Marjorie and brother-in-law, John Advent.
Her extended family, Norma, Jack, Scott, and Mark Elliott, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families, remember her with affection.
She was predeceased by an infant son in December, 1939; and her brother, Telford Widgren on Oct. 23, 1991.
Family and friends from near and far gathered Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood, Ont. to celebrate the life of this special lady. Pat White officiated, with interment in the Stratton Cemetery.
Telford Advent and Jack Elliott gave the eulogy. Organist was Erin Pollard. Soloists were Melanie Bodnar and Mark Elliott. Scripture reader was Marjorie Advent. Ushers were Merle Warner and Judy Cottam.
Pallbearers were Jack Elliott, Rudy Rolstan, Don Angus, Larry Angus, Wayne Widgren, Stan Cottam, and Keith Hele.
Honourary pallbearers were Lottie Morsch, Vernice Eklund, Grace Showalter, Marjorie Advent, Ellen Stutvoet, Mary Vandenbrand, Norma Elliott, and June Bonot.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Stratton United Church, Stratton, Ont., P0W 1N0.