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Annie Evans

Annie Clara Evans

Thursday, April 15th, 1943 - Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
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Our beloved mother, Annie (Doreen) Clara May Albany Evans passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday, November 11th at Extendicare Falconbridge in Sudbury, Ontario. She has become the newest Angel in the Kingdom of Heaven, joining her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Annie was born on April 15th, 1943 in Haileybury, Ontario. She spent much of her youth and adolescence living with her aunt Annie Twain in Mowatt’s Landing, just outside of Haileybury. She worked as a camp cook for forestry workers while raising her young son Peter. It was during this time that she met her partner in love and life, Donald. They lived together in North Cobalt, Ontario for the next quarter of a century. Annie and Donald built a home (literally) and hobby farm on Quarry Road in North Cobalt where the two of them raised their large family. Altogether, Annie and Donald had 14 children during their time there. Although the family struggled at times, Annie made sure the family was always fed with bannock, blueberries, and fresh milk, among other things. Annie made sure the home ran smoothly while Donald worked hard to keep the family sheltered from the cold.

The family moved to Englehart, Ontario in the mid-1980s with six of the children still living at home. Sadly, Annie and Donald separated a few years later. Annie became a single mother caring for the three youngest children, moving between Port Colborne, Haileybury, Earlton, and ultimately back to North Cobalt. Over time and despite their separation, Annie and Donald became good friends again and remained companions for the rest of Donald’s life. We all remember fondly their famous yard sale trips on Saturday mornings together.

When her children had grown and left home, Annie became an extraordinary grandmother, caretaker, and support system for her whole family. She lived in New Liskeard, helping her youngest daughter and her family as a live-in caretaker. She went back to school, completing literacy training in her early 60s. She helped her son get through graduate school by being his supportive roommate and friend for two years in Niagara Falls. Every year, despite her financial situation, she always found a way buy gifts for everyone at Christmas and never forgot anyone’s birthday.

During the final years before dementia came for her, Annie lived a free and independent life in both Niagara Falls and Sudbury where she would frequently be seen riding her bike through the city. She made fast friends with all of those around her, especially at the restaurants and shops she frequented. The staff at the Tim Horton’s in Stamford Centre Niagara Falls and the Country Style on Lorne Street in Sudbury all knew her by name. Even during her time at Extendicare Falconbridge, she made many friends with other residents and members of the staff. Up to her final days, she remembered who all of her children, grandchildren, friends, and extended family were…she didn’t let dementia defeat her.

Loving wife of the late Donald Edward Evans and mother of Peter (Nicki) Albany, Clara (Danny) Alberta, Helen (Dwayne) Mills, Karen (Ed) Huard, Sharon (Tom) Rowland, Dwight (Janice) Evans, Clinton (Joanne) Evans, Scott (Angie) Evans, Hal Evans, Russell (John Sparks) Evans, and Kim (Justin) Charlton. Cherished grandma to Shannon, Melissa, Daniel, Adam, Dylan, Warren, Evan, Kayla, Devan, Kara, Eddie, Kyle, Natasha, Cody, Skylar, Nadine, Alex, BJ, Jordan, Justin, Jarred, Deanna, Owen, Noah, Jacob, Samara, and Kamara. Annie will also be remembered by her many step grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Annie was predeceased by her parents Josephine Agnes Twain and Peter A. Albany, her sisters Jeanette, Rose-Mary, and Mary; brothers Philip, Daniel, John, and William; her children Dennis, Michael, and Jack; and her husband Donald Edward Evans. She is survived by her brother Alex Albany, her eleven remaining children and her many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Mom loved cats, squirrels, and stuffed animals. She loved to stay active through walking, biking, or tidying the house. She could always be found with a newspaper, watching news, doing word finds, or reading her Chicken Soup books. She kept her faith in Jesus strong throughout her life and continued to go to church up until her final months. Every night she prayed for her family, that they would be kept safe and protected.

Mom, you were a great lady but more importantly, you were a wonderful mother and grandma. We will always love you and never forget everything you did for us. Chi miigwech nimaamaa giinawind zaasi giin, giga-waabamin menawaa (Thank you my mother, we love you, we will see you again).

The family would like to thank the exceptional staff at Extendicare Falconbridge who took such good care of our mom over the last 6 years. A closed family visitation will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 14th, followed by a public visitation at 9:30 am and a service at 10:30 am. The funeral will take place at Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home at 233 Larch Street in Sudbury, Ontario. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made in Annie Evans’ name to the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, Alzheimer Society of Canada, or Diabetes Canada. Due to COVID -19 directives a maximum of 50 people at a time in the visiting rom and a maximum of 80 people in the chapel. For those who cannot attend, the service will be live streamed at
https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=160531237685594
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Vicki Trottier

Posted at 05:16pm
I was so sorry to learn of Annie’s passing. We had a lot of laughs and I always enjoyed spending time with her. She loved her family and spoke about them with pride. She will be missed by many.
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Ida

Posted at 09:44pm
I am sorry to hear about dear Anne she was such a good person when she was at Literacy council in Haileybury
she was always so Happy and when she was at Literacy council when i was there in Haileybury my thoughts and prays are with you all Ida
 
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Russell Evans Posted at 05:18pm

I found a Christmas card in her belongings that you had given her Ida, she held on to it all this time.
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Helen Mills

Posted at 06:20pm
Our mother Annie Evans was a hard working, loving, caring mother, if you ever needed her to stand up for you she was there, also when you were too sick to go to work, as a teenager she would call and tell your boss you were sick....lol, I know that's bad, but she did, because she loved us. She was ahead of her time she loved singing to the old records, karaoke would have been her invention, if she wasn't so busy raising the first 8 of us, her homemade cookies were the best, my friend, Kelly in public school also asked to trade her Joe Louis for our mom cookies, since we had them all the time I said sure. She made us homemade mittens and homemade hats, dad worked out of town a lot and I remember her chopping wood with the buck saw. I was happy she got to lead a carefree life with my brother Russel in Niagara Falls and with Kim in Sudbury, before dementia struck. She was and is a good Momma and we are all going to miss her, as Keanna Reeves said, "I know that the ones who love us will miss us most", Hugs and kisses to Heaven, be at peace Momma, Love you forever
 
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Helen Mills Posted at 07:13pm

We were either being lazy or had been out too long with friends the night before, was when we would get Mom to call in sick for us.......
 
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Russell Evans Posted at 05:14pm

Such good memories Helen. Love you sis!
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Russell Evans

Posted at 10:35pm
I am so grateful to you mom, you gave me my humour, my humility, and my strength. You were my protector, my champion, my biggest supporter...I don't know what I will do now that you're not here with us. I never wanted to imagine this day arriving, but I know that you would have wanted me to go on, to continue to work hard, and keep adopting cats. We shared so many common personality traits that I feel like you live on within me. Every time I utter the phrase "EVER SICK!", I will think of you. My heart is so broken today, I don't know how it's going to heal. I will think of you every hour of every day until I'm also gone. You were, you are, and you always will be my mom!
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