Eva Margaret Thompson (nee Lawlis)
March 31, 1918 - February 24, 2019
Passed away peacefully on a Sunday afternoon surrounded by her loving family at Bethammi nursing home in Thunder Bay after a serious fall three days prior. Eva enjoyed a very healthy full life of over 100 years. Born in the family home in Keewatin, she was the youngest of 4 surviving children born to Esther (Olson) and John Lawlis.
Eva attended Success Business College in Winnipeg, MB and graduated with a diploma in accounting. She moved to Toronto and found work at the Mutual Street Arena as an accountant, where she met her first husband, Kennith Howson. Their son Bruce was born in Toronto. A few years later she returned to Keewatin and worked as accountant for Dingwall Motors, and then the town of Kenora.
Eva married Don Thompson May 21, 1955 and became bookkeeper for his businesses, Don’s Home Bakery and the Baker Boy. She was was an active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose where she held office along with her husband Don. Eva belonged to the ladies Moose Dart League. Eva was a talented pianist and enjoyed playing Ramolli with her friends. Eva and Don were members of St Andrew’s United Church, Keewatin.
Predeceased by her parents, John Lawlis, Esther Olson and stepfather, Oscar Olin, her siblings Frank, Ervin, Esther, Annie and John, her first husband Kenneth Howson, and most recently by her beloved husband of 60 years, Don Thompson and her only son, Bruce Howson. Survived by her grandchildren, Robert Howson and Dawn (Sean) Kim, great- grandchildren, Kristine, Georgia, Dominique, Joshua, Sébastien and Sheila, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A special thanks for the caring staff at Bethammi nursing home who provided excellent end of life care for Eva and her entire family.
Funeral will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, Keewatin on Saturday May 18 at 2pm. Interment to follow at Lake of the Wood Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association, St Andrew’s United Church, Keewatin or St. Joseph’s Caregroup, Thunder Bay.