Evelyn Grace Olsen
Passed on November 21, 2021
October 20, 1923 – November 21, 2021 With sadness, as well as with gratitude for a long life of 98 years well lived, we announce the passing of Ev Olsen, after a brief illness.
Left to cherish her memory are daughters Karen Nedotiafko, and Darlene (Rod) Waldbauer, grandsons Jamie (Jennifer) and Cameron (Brooke), and great grandchildren Keira, Brooklyn, Grace Evelyn, and Jackson Waldbauer.
Ev’s husband, Harry Olsen, predeceased her in 1966. She was also predeceased by her son, Ron, son-in-law Darryl, brothers Victor and Harvey, and sister Mary Camsell.
Ev was born in Stonewall to Russell and Maggie Lillies, and was educated in Stonewall and Balmoral. After her father died in 1941, and her mother in 1943, she worked in Winnipeg. She met Harry after he returned from the war, and they were married in John Black United Church in East Kildonan on July 5th,1947. In Dec. they bought their farm in Teulon where their three children were born and raised.
After dad’s death Mum worked hard to provide for her family at Teulon Telephone Office, the Hosiery Mill, Promo Wear, and Teulon Golf and Country Club. She was a proud Life Member of the Teulon Junior Hospital Auxiliary, and Teulon Seniors’ Club. Mum strongly believed in supporting her community. Throughout the years she enjoyed bowling, golf, bingo, travel, and watching sports on TV, especially curling, golf, the Blue Jays, Bombers, and Jets.
Being an avid reader, she made good use of the library, and read the daily newspaper. Mum always welcomed company, whether family, friends, or her children’s friends. Bonspiel season was a favorite time when visitors often stopped by. Many enjoyable hours were spent attending Jamie and Cameron’s sports and activities. She was proud of them and their families. Until her last day she loved to see pictures and be updated on what her family was doing. Mum lived in Farview Apartments for many years and enjoyed friendships and activities.
We are thankful for the care she received the last 15 months at Icelandic River Lodge, Teulon Hospital, and Gimli Betel Home. She may have been small in stature, but was strong and independent in character, always striving to make sure things were done properly. Life was often tough on Mum, but she persevered and made a good life for herself and her family. Your life was a gift to us. Love you Mum.
Respecting her wishes a private celebration of life will be held.
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