1943 – 2017
Marilyn Evans of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Thursday, September 14, 2017 with her children, Leanne, Curtis and his wife, Sonja, and her granddaughter, Jessica at her side.
Born to Tom and Alice Woolley on April 25, 1943 in Lamont, Alberta, Marilyn was the third of six children (Evelyn, Betty, Leonard, George, Albert). Her family, which includes the spouses of her brothers and sisters, have always been very close, sharing holidays and family gatherings.
Marilyn grew up in the town of Andrew, Alberta and spent much time at her grandmother’s house across the street. This was to prove influential in the years she spent with her special little people, her great grandchildren, Rosie and Ada.
Marilyn trained as a registered nurse at the General Hospital in Edmonton from 1960 to 1964, and she formed some friendships that lasted into her final days. Before she completed nursing school, Marilyn travelled to Rocky Mountain House to visit her sister who worked at the Forestry office, where she was introduced to Arthur Evans, a forester. The introduction lead to a marriage of 36 years and two children before Art’s passing in 2001.
While being a long-serving member of the community in Rocky Mountain House, and the province-wide community that was the Forest Service, the family was moved to the Crowsnest Pass in 1981 and Marilyn adapted to a new community until Art retired from the Forest Service in 1995.
There was a new adventure in retirement waiting with an orchard in Creston, B.C., but after Art died in 2001, Marilyn moved back to the Crowsnest Pass, then Edmonton, and lastly to Rimbey to be closer to her family, especially her granddaughter and great granddaughters. Marilyn had an inner peace that was admirable. She enjoyed simple things: a good hug, a heartfelt chat, a clean house, or a compelling book. She shared her peaceful nature with people that she knew, and she often was the last to leave family gatherings or community events despite rarely touching anything stronger than tea. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and many cherished friends.
A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Marilyn’s Life was held at the Rimbey United Church, Rimbey on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Deborah Laing officiating. Marilyn was laid to rest with her husband, Art in the Prairie Creek Cemetery, Rocky Mountain House at 3:00 p.m. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Marilyn’s Memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o Rimbey Health Services Donations Program, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhealthdonations.com); or to the Rimbey United Church, Box 7, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0. Condolences to the Family may be expressed by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Marilyn Evans entrusted to the care of Oberhammer Funeral Chapels