Lorna Evelyne Eckland was the second child born to Elizabeth (Alice) and Helmer Eckland. Thelma was her big sister, Janet came after her, then Lenea, Michael and Gerald.
Evelyne married her husband Bud Bennett in January 1951. Evelyne loved children and gave birth to 7 children. Brenda, Sherry (deceased), Randy, Shelley (deceased), Kevin, Dolores, Bill.
Evelyne was an active member of the community with Bud and with her children. She was constantly driving the kids to Scouts, Brownies, Guides, CGIT, & Bible School and Camp.
Evelyne was an avid curler and snowmobiler in her younger years, but Evelyne loved summers. Her yard and green houses were her pride and joy. Evelyne kept diaries of what she planted, how well it did and was always tweaking her greenhouses for the maximum crop of tomatoes to can and cucumbers to pickle. She loved her weekends at the cabin on Francois Lake. She was a great hostess to anyone that dropped in. She could whip up a meal with almost nothing it seemed.
Bud and Evelyne travelled extensively for 25 years to Spain, Tenerife and Mexico, making many friends along the way. They also travelled in BC and the Yukon with their good friends Don and Marj Hoffman.
In 1986 they sold their property on Francois Lake and spent their summers helping Brenda and Jake at Tchesinkut Lake, where they became the un- official hosts. In 2009 due to failing health Evelyne gave up her beloved camping and gardening. Evelyne moved into The Pines after a major stroke took her balance and equilibrium away.
Evelyne died suddenly and peacefully in her sleep on June 26th in the Pines.
Mom’s quick wit was a source of amusement for everyone that loved and cared for her. She will be missed by her children: Brenda (Jake), Randy (Donna), Kevin, Dolores (Rick), Bill. Grandchildren : Lianne, Gordon (Jana), Karla (Randy), Chelsea, Dylan, Jesse and Jules Brother: Gerald
Sisters: Thelma and Janet, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Evelyne was predeceased by her parents, daughters Sherry and Shelley, brother Michael (1972), sister Lenea (2006) husband Bud (Mar.19, 2012).
On October 6th we will have a Celebration Tea for Mom and will inter both sets of ashes in the Burns Lake Columbarium.