It is with great sorrow that the family of Evie Eldridge (Dick) announces her peaceful passing, at the age of 91, on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at her home at Rivers Edge Villa in International Falls, Mn.
Mom was born on Nov. 16, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Helen and John Dick.
After graduating from Fort Frances High School, she married Edmund Robert Eldridge on Dec. 15 1946 and then moved to Nova Scotia, where Ed served 20 years in the navy.
In 1959, after Ed retired from the navy, they fulfilled their lifelong dream of starting up Sunset Park Camp Grounds on beautiful Lake Despair, where Dad finally had the four boys he always wanted.
Camp life was great until Ed became ill and passed away on Feb. 10, l969. Mom found it too hard to raise a family and run a camp so she went back to school, taking the new RNA course and she became one of the first to graduate from the new course being offered in Fort Frances.
She worked at the clinic in Fort Frances until 1972 and then moved to Minneapolis, Mn., where she was a nurse at Ridgedale Clinic in Plymouth, Mn. It was there where she met two of her best friends, Cathy Peterson and Vera Swanson.
Vera and Mom travelled to many places together, including Florida, Mexico, and Arizona. She also went to New Zealand, Hawaii, and Churchill, Man.
Mom loved to bake. We looked forward to coming home from school with hot baked cookie, cakes, and cinnamon buns cooling on the kitchen table. She also loved to sew; she made our wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses.
Mom also was a member of the Eastern Star and the American Legion.
She also loved to curl. Once those days were over, she turned to TV, watching hours of curling, football, baseball, and hockey. One of her favourite pastimes was watching “Dancing With the Stars.” We knew not to call that night.
In 2012, mom moved to International Falls so she could be closer to two of her daughters.
Around 2013, her health began to fail and that is when Kathy Byman (Mom's wonderful caregiver) stepped into the picture. Ruby Johnson, in 2016, was another of Mom's nurses. They were there to comfort Mom right until her passing.
Mom thought the world of them both and so did we.
She leaves to mourn her four daughters, Carol Livingston, Donna Steele, Brenda Funk (Larry), and Phyllis Johnson (Rick); and brother, Roy Dick, and sister-in-law, Mavis Dick.
Mom has eight grandchildren, Wendy Zurrin (Richard) and their three children, Matt Johnson (Kathy) and their two daughters, Samantha Petersen (Lars) and their son, Stacey Chene (Geoff) and their three children, Katie Funk Giesbrecht and her four children, Jeremy Johnson (Holly) and their son, Stephanni Polski (Daniel) and their two children, and John Steele (Miae).
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Edmund Robert Eldridge (Ed); sons-in-law, Bert Livingston and Merv Steele; brothers, Jack, Irvin, and Dutch; sisters, Jean Cooper and Susie Canfield; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Ken Wickstrom.
A memorial service will be held in Mom's honour on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 824 Victoria Ave., in Fort Frances, with Rev. Diane Clifford officiating.
Internment at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
If so desired, in memoriam donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Condolences may be left offered at www.greenlarsen.com