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Evelyn May "Ginty" (Kelso) FergusonApril 12, 1917 ~ July 1, 2017 (age 100)
In Loving Memory of
Evelyn May (Ginty) Ferguson
1917 – 2017
The family sadly announces the passing of Evelyn May (Ginty) Ferguson (nee Kelso) on Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Canada’s 150 birthday. She passed away at the age of 100 in her hometown of Roblin, Manitoba.
Evelyn was born on her parents’ farm in the Tummel District on March 28, 1917. As it took a while to register a child’s birth in those days, the official records show April 12, 1917 as her birthdate. Her parents, Donald and Catherine (nee Hautz) Kelso farmed in Tummel and later moved to Roblin where her father operated a meat market. Evelyn’s father, Donald, was born in Little Britain, Ontario and her Mother, Catherine, was born in Bukovina, Austria.
Evelyn took all her schooling in Roblin. As a teenager, she was very involved in sports, particularly hockey and curling, at which she excelled. In 1938, she was crowned Carnival Queen in Roblin. As an adult, she was a member of the Ladies’ Afternoon Curling League. Evelyn also taught Sunday School at the United Church in her young adulthood.
In 1941, she married Donald Ross Ferguson. They raised four children – Bonnie, Verlyn, Keith and Kelly (twins). Once the children were in school, Evelyn worked at the Roblin Bakery and at the T. Eaton Company. She did much baking, knitting and crocheting, entering her wares in the local fairs and winning many ribbons for excellence. Evelyn enjoyed listening to old time music and was an avid Bingo player. Once the grandchildren arrived, everyone had a pair of her famous “Manitoba” slippers. The grandchildren will never forget her making Old English Toffee for them.
In 1996, Evelyn moved into Maple Manor. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling and made several trips to Alberta and British Columbia to visit her children and their families. She wasn’t at all impressed with the highway through the Rocky Mountains. Her family and friends were fortunate enough to help Evelyn celebrate her 100 birthday on March 28, 2017. It was a wonderful reunion for her and she very much enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
Evelyn was predeceased by her Father, Donald, and her Mother, Catherine (nee Hautz) Kelso. In addition, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald (Fergie) in 1981, and her son, Keith Ferguson, predeceased her in 2016. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Thomas (Mary) Kelso and Melville (Orpha) Kelso, and her sisters, Dorothy (Jack) Terrick, Catherine (Lawrence) Cook, Christina (Bud) Lloyd, and Clarice (Joe) Stephenson.
Evelyn is survived by three children – Bonnie (Arnold) Langan of Calgary, Verlyn (Theresa) Ferguson of Calgary, and Kelly (Ellen) Ferguson of Clearwater, BC, and her daughter-in-law, Monica Ferguson of Williams Lake, BC, as well as six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by many special nieces, nephews and cousins – of many generations.
Evelyn’s funeral service was held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Roblin Knox United Church, officiated by Mrs. Margaret West. The organist, Mrs. Isabel Wendell and the Knox United Church Choir led the congregational hymns that Evelyn herself had chosen. These hymns were What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Precious Lord, Take My Hand and Abide with Me. The Eulogy was delivered by Theresa Ferguson and Evelyn’s great granddaughter, Brettyn Rose sang a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah. The Casket Bearers were Verlyn Ferguson, Kelly Ferguson, Verlyn Langan, Wade Ferguson, Taryn Ferguson and Joe Ritchot. Interment was held at the Tummel Deer Park Cemetery.
Following the funeral service, a reception for family and friends was held in the auditorium of the church, served by the Knox United Lunch Committee.
NAIRN-CHYZ FUNERAL HOME
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Roblin’s Only Locally Owned
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