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Evelyn Joyce Kirkwood

Obituary
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Kirkwood, Evelyn Joyce April 24, 1924 - August 4, 2013 Evelyn entered Eternity peacefully the afternoon of August 4 at the Gatehouse Adult Care seniors' residence, which had been home for almost two years. She was born at home in Vancouver, the second child and first daughter to Gertrude and Arthur Cole. In 1945 she married David John Kirkwood, then RCNVR, and settled next door to her childhood home to raise her family of four children. She and David retired to the Courtenay area in 1984 where they lived until time and tide brought them to the Cobble Hill area. Evelyn is survived by her beloved husband David; sons Vin (Sue), Kevin (Marcia), and Keith and daughter Kathy (Ron) Read; brother Bill (Joan); grandchildren Bridget, Emma, Diana, Mary Rose, Brock, Andrew, Elizabeth, David Read, Stephanie (Alain Constantin) and Lawrence (Jamey) Roonie; great-grandchildren Connor, Laura, Sophie, Tyler, and Kaylee Simmons, and Elizabeth, Ann-Marie, Felicity, and Gregory Bartle, Liam Constantin and Sam Rooney. Evelyn took up the reins of the family business in Vancouver, as a young teenage girl, following her father's illness that left him unable to continue to manage the store. She married David in the last days of WWII and started her family in 1949. She was a very active homemaker skilled in sewing, knitting, and putting up preserves. Many of her knitted articles remain in circulation amongst the grand and great-grand children. She was also active in the PTA and supported her kids in their Scouting and Guiding activities. During the retirement years she and David travelled several times to the UK where they met and became lifelong friends with many extended family members. She enjoyed her quiet life near Courtenay until about two years ago when she accepted the assistance needed in a seniors residence. Her final illness lasted about two weeks through which she retained her wit and feisty nature. Evelyn's funeral will be celebrated at Sand's Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road in Duncan at 11:00 AM, Saturday, 10 August, 2013. In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to the Alzheimer's Society of BC. We would like to acknowledge Mom's friends in Fanny Bay, the staff of the Gatehouse Adult Care Residence, as well as, the Staff in the Emergency Room and 2nd Floor of the Cowichan District Hospital for the friendship, care, and assistance rendered to her over the last two years. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she Rest in Peace. Condolences may be shared online at www.sandsduncan.ca
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Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2013
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