Evelyn (Mabel) Pearson

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Evelyn (Mabel) Pearson, on Dec.11th,2017, at the age of 99 years, surrounded by her loving family at Pinecrest Home for the Aged.

Evelyn was born to Swedish immigrant parents, March 5th 1918, and grew up in the predominantly Swedish community of Innwood, Manitoba.  She is pre- deceased by her parents Mia and Emil Anderson, sister Ingrid, and brothers Stuart, born in Sweden, Eskil (Bill, and wife Ollie), Harry (Toby), and Burger, who died in WW2, and is one of the Canadian soldiers who has had a lake named after him in Northern Manitoba. She is also pre-deceased by her husband of 20 years, Claire Pearson, and step-son Larry Pearson, her daughter-in-law Pat Starkey (Tom’s wife), and her ex-husband Royal (Roy) Brown, father of her eight children. Left to mourn her passing are her children Bill (Tammy), Ed (Helen), Joe (Lorna), Marge (Laurie), Dave (Sharon), Tom, Susie (Merl), and Audrey (Danis); she is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grands, and 1 great-great-grandson.

Evelyn first moved away from home at the age of 16 to join her sister Ingrid in Winnipeg.   She then moved to the Kenora/Redditt area in 1939, to help out her brother Bill and his wife Ollie with their growing family.  It was in 1945, that she married Roy Brown, and raised their family of eight children. She was a devoted mother and always taught her children by example, values such as kindness, honesty, humility and family, which has served us well over the years.  We added the humour.  In times of adversity, she was sure to remind us that there were always people worse off, and to appreciate what we had.  She was a constant inspiration, and our saving grace.  And she always lived her life with grace and appreciation.

It was at a Legion dance that Mom met Claire Pearson, a CPRail Engineer.  Their friendship flourished, and they married in 1976.  They enjoyed 20 years together, travelling and just enjoying each other’s company.  They once took an Alaskan Cruise, and Mom was reunited with her brother Toby, who had moved to the Yukon 40 years earlier.  They regularly travelled to visit Mom’s sister in B.C. and Claire’s relatives in Saskatchewan.

Mom’s great loves were gardening, sewing, and crocheting.  She was very gifted creatively, and her family enjoyed the many fruits (and vegetables) of her labours, until her eyesight became too limited to continue.

She also spent many years in service to her community through volunteer work, with the women of the Moose Lodge, and at Parkview Apartments, where she and Claire lived as Custodians, until his passing in 1996. 

With her eyesight failing, she was no longer able to live independently, and moved to Pinecrest in 2009, where she enjoyed a worry-free and comfortable environment, and as always, counted her many blessings in life.  She was always saying how glad she was to have so many kind people looking after her, and the family wish to express our sincere appreciation for all the staff, for taking such great care of Mom, and keeping her comfortable throughout her time there, and during her brief period of Palliative care. 

Evelyn will be forever loved and dearly missed by her family and friends.

A Come and Go celebration of her life will be held at the Pinecrest Home for the Aged, on Sat. Dec.16th, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:00pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin in care of arrangements, 547-6000.