It is with great sadness that the family of Evelyn Cottam (nee Goodie) announces her passing peacefully in her sleep on Friday, June 2, 2018 at Pinecrest Home for the Aged in Kenora, Ont.
Mom was born in Kenora on Sept. 28, 1926 to Louis and Margaret Goodie.
Evelyn started working in Nestor Falls, Ont., where she met the love of her life, Lawrence Cottam. They were married on April 20, 1949 and spent their life together there until moving to Kenora in 1996.
Mom loved life to its fullest. She loved meeting new friends and had a special way to make them feel welcome. She always will be remembered for her practical jokes amongst friends.
Mom always had a great love for music and had a beautiful voice. Many will remember her singing at numerous weddings, funerals, and church services at the United Church in Nestor Falls.
Another great love of mom's was fishing; she and dad spent countless days on Lake of the Woods and Crow Lake with family and many friends. You could be sure to hear mom yell, “Get the net!”
Mom was very involved with the community and the United Church Women's group, and always was there with a hot pot of soup for family and friends when needed—Mom made the best soup!
She was a great swimmer and enjoyed teaching many of the local children to swim. Mom also was instrumental in bringing the ambulance service to Nestor Falls.
Evelyn is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lawrence Cottam; daughter, Beverly (Bob) Kraemer and family, Rob (Nikki) and Dan (Vivian); daughter, Jan Rae (Wayne) Knutson and daughter, Meghan; and son, Larry (Judy) Cottam and family, Jillian and Garret.
She also is survived by two sisters, Dolores (Dennis) Danielson and Sylvia (George) Firth; and many nieces and nephews.
“Nanny,” as she was known to her grandchildren, also is survived by her great-grand children, Kalia, Braley, Caleb, Jaelyn, Sabine, Katelyn, Cassady, and Joshua.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Pinecrest Home for the Aged, 1220 Valley Dr. in Kenora, with Pastor Robert Wittmeier officiating.
A light lunch will follow.
In memoriam donations may be made to District of Kenora Home for the Aged—Pinecrest.
And as mom used to sing, “Que sera sera.”