Life Story for Evelyn Harland (Chouinard)
Evelyn Harland went peacefully to be with God on Friday, September 8th, 2017. She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her children, Jim (Mary), Dianne (Les), and Gord (Sandy); her grandchildren, Elmer, Chris, Mike, Nick, Kim, Jeff, Chelsie, Andrea and Tyler; along with thirteen great grandchildren; her sister, Lucille; and son by marriage, Ron (Maureen).
Evelyn was predeceased by her: loving husband, Ron; daughter, Gloria; grandson, Ronnie; brothers, Clarence and Bob; sisters, Shirley and Marilyn; and recently daughter by marriage, June (Gordon).
Evelyn was born in a little log house on her parents homestead near Spruce Lake, SK, on March 31st, 1920, to Helen and Gordon Chouinard. Evelyn was the oldest of 6 children and left school at an early age to stay home to help out with her siblings and to care for her ill mother. Once married to Ron Harland in January 1949, they resided on the farm near Frenchman Butte. It was shortly after that when her youngest sister, Marilyn, came to live with them from age 7 to 14. In April of 1961, Ron suffered his second heart attack which was fatal. Four months after Ron died, her youngest sister, Marilyn, was killed in a car accident while riding her bicycle at the age of 18. Evelyn lost her eldest daughter, Gloria, in July of 1982, to cancer, and her grandson, Ronnie, followed in August of 1983. Evelyn then devoted her life to providing for her children, she worked endlessly and never complained.
Evelyn will be remembered by so many for her talents but mostly for her amazing knitting and gifted cake decorating! Her hands were always busy; her heart was always kind, loving and caring!
She had a strong devotion to family, friends, community and her faith.