Evelyn Ann Flodell (née Duffy) was born on March 9th, 1942, to parents Thomas and Ann Duffy. Evelyn grew up in Makaroff, Manitoba. She worked as an aide at Melfort Union Hospital when she met the love of her life, Dale Flodell. On July 29, 1966, they were married, spending the following 57 years together. Eve embraced the life of a farmer’s wife with enthusiasm, often cooking and delivering meals to the fields. When Dale’s career took them to a new city, Evelyn gladly relocated and effortlessly made friends through her dedication to the church, the hockey team parents with Corey, and by joining a local bowling team. She kept in touch with friends from all over the prairies with phone calls, resulting in cherished hearty laughter. After the move to Castlegar, she enjoyed working and greeting the people of Castlegar with the warmth she was known for in the family-owned businesses.
Evelyn took immense pride in her children, Michelle, Trina, and Corey, supporting them wholeheartedly in each new adventure they pursued. She was incredibly supportive of Corey’s various athletic endeavours, always eagerly cheering him on and ready to adapt to make things work. A woman with a tender soul, Evelyn had a knack for looking out for the underdog. She wore her heart on her sleeve, visible to those close to her. In her later years, as her own children grew into adulthood, her focus shifted to her grandchildren, attending as many hockey games as possible. Some of her cherished moments were spent at Christina Lake, engaging in conversations and playing crib with her friends and grandchildren. Evelyn firmly believed life was meant to be lived to the fullest, never succumbing to self-pity.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, Dale; children, Michelle, Trina, Corey (Jessie) Flodell; and her grandchildren, Cadance, Chloe, Cooper, and Cavan. She is also survived by her sisters, Gladys (Richard) Schonowski and Edith McComb; and brother Eddie (Judy) Duffy, sister-in-laws Flora Duffy, Jessie Duffy, and sister-in-law Sally (Hubert) Flodell. She leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews who carry fond memories of their time with Aunt Evelyn. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Marilyn and Doris, brothers Jonny, Harold, Tommy, and Bobby, and brother-in-law Orval McComb. Evelyn was dearly loved and will be profoundly missed by all whose lives she touched.
Funeral Service for Evelyn will take place Saturday, October 7th, at 2 pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 713 4th St., Castlegar, with Internment to follow at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Beatty, Saskatchewan, at a later date.