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EVA (EVE) MAY HANDLON (published on May 09, 2009)



EVA (EVE) MAY HANDLON Peacefully, at the Misericordia Health Centre with her loving family at her side, on April 30th 2009 in her ninetieth year. Beloved wife of fifty-three years to the late James Thomas Handlon. Loving and caring mother to Richard Handlon and Janet Beales and their partners, Cathy Fillmore and Joseph Beales. Cherished grandmother of Charlotte and Charlie Fillmore-Handlon, Jennifer Bennet (Jordan), Andrew Peckover (Sia Sabaras), and Jeremy and Sandra Beales. Survived by her sister, Marjorie, sister-in-law, Mary Johnston, many nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends, especially her dearest and best friend, Mary Trottier, and her oldest and treasured friend, Elsie Carnegie. Predeceased by her parents, Malvina and Ray Bowman and her sisters, her beloved Grace and Eileen, and only brother, Russell. Born in Winnipeg in 1919, Eve's father, a station agent, and mother, an accomplished and loving homemaker, raised their large family in a number of small towns in rural Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Eve's fondest childhood memories, however, were of her years growing up in Pine Falls where she participated in a wide range of sports and developed her love of swimming. Eve achieved her ambition of becoming a nurse when she graduated from the Misericordia School of Nursing in 1941. After their marriage in 1943, Jim and Eve successfully managed the family farm at Kane, Manitoba until the farm was sold in 1974. The farm was an important gathering place for family and friends, and Eve thrived as a most congenial, warm, and generous friend. In 1960, after a seventeen-year absence, Eve returned to orthopaedic nursing at the Misericordia Hospital until her retirement in the late seventies. Joining her brother, Russell and his wife, Marie, Eve and Jim lived for several happy years in Silver Falls where they enjoyed curling, cross-country skiing, golfing, gardening and bridge. They especially enjoyed summer visits with their grandchildren, Jennifer and Andrew. Eve and Jim returned to Winnipeg for their later retirement years where they resumed an active social life fostered by Eve's affable nature. They particularly relished their role as grandparents to Charlotte and Charlie. Eve was an active life member of the Catholic Women's League and a member and loyal supporter of Mary Mother of the Church congregation. Known for her kindness, vivacity, and strength, Eve made a friend wherever she went. She was devoted to all of her grandchildren who loved her dearly. They will especially miss Grandma Eve's steadfast, limitless, and non-judgemental love and support that made each grandchild feel valued, accepted, and respected no matter what idiosyncratic course they took. Funeral services will be held at a later date (Saturday, June 6th at 11:00 a.m.) at Mary Mother of the Church, 85 Kirkbridge, Fort Garry with Rev. Fr. Carl Tarnopolski, V. G. officiating. Private interment will follow at a later date. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Eve's extended family, the Fillmores and Fleischakers, Mary Trottier and her family, and Pat and Bill Stevenson. They also wish to express their thanks to the caring staff at the Lindenwood Manor, to the many care providers on 6C at the Misericordia Health Centre, and to Dr. Brian Sharkey for his many years of care. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of their choice. Over my heart in the days that are flown No love like mother love ever has shone: No other worship abides and endures- Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours. (Elizabeth Akers Allen)


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