Mrs. Eva Terlesky (1931 - 2016)

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January 8, 1931 to January 17, 2016

Eva Terlesky passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 11:40pm at Bethany Care Centre Airdrie, where she resided. Various children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were able to be by her side during that day, which would have been special to Eva. Her final years were challenging, having suffered numerous strokes dating back to 1990. Eva is now in heaven in jubilant praise of her Savior Jesus, who she came to trust as a teen. No more suffering, no pain. She is singing and dancing and rejoicing in the blessed hope of those who trust in Jesus. Though she is missed greatly, it was God's timing for her to "depart and be with Christ, which is better by far." Philippians 1:23.
Eva was born January 8, 1931 to Angelo and Eva Savage in Kamloops, BC. Eva was the eldest of two children and worked hard in the family businesses. She was able to pursue her love of ballet and was a member of The Royal Academy of Dancing in 1952, and she was selected to attend the Banff School of Fine Arts. Eva was predeceased by her sister Truth in 2015.
Eva married Paul Terlesky November 1952. Together they had 5 children; Bart (Sheryl), Ben (Sandy), Lillian (Garry), Heidi and Merle. They moved considerably across BC and the prairies working until Paul was injured in a workplace accident, leaving him a quadriplegic for nearly 8 years. Paul died in June 1973.
Grandchildren (Amy, Gayle, Curtis, Tyler, Renee, Jessica, Margot) were a great joy to Eva. As well her several great grandchildren who affectionately called her "Gigi". She was predeceased by her oldest grandchild Jeannine in 2015.
Eva was greatly blessed in her later years to have a special companionship with Paul Mudryk, whom she met during her stay at Spruce Lodge Calgary. He brought great joy and strength to her life. Any who met this couple instantly knew of their love. Paul passed away in 2014.
Involvement in church and missions was extremely important to Eva. Even though she needed use of a walker, then a powered wheelchair for many of her final years, Eva eagerly participated in church life on a regular basis. She diligently contributed to and prayed for mission organizations like Bethel Rays of Hope Orphanage in Kenya and found creative ways to raise funds. Earlier, Eva had spent many years helping youth at Clearwater Bible Camp, Awana Club, Pioneer Girls Club and Sunday School.
In the 1990s, after her first two strokes, Eva was concurrently Director of St. Andrews on the Square Society, Director of Kamloops Pro-Life and an active member and President of the Kamloops Stroke Recovery Club. Eva was the first founding member of the Kamloops Heritage Society in 1996.
Eva loved to read, often having 3 books on the go at once. She had a large library, including many antique books. She loved china and antiques and had great fun collections (like 500 bone china saucers which she displayed and changed up weekly in her home). She kept her small care home rooms filled with her personality, displaying what she could of her books, china and art.
Eva personified the word "grace" with all she met. Warmth, wit and Christian charity genuinely shone through this woman who obviously had physical limitations but outwardly displayed the love of God for people. Family knew this loving mother and grandmother prayed for them.
Eva believed and lived by these words she once wrote, "Only God and people are eternal, and the rest of this will perish. So remember Matthew 6:21. Heaven with Jesus should be your treasure, your greatest treasure."
Two funeral services will be held in remembrance and celebration of Eva's life. February 13/16 at Daybreak Community Church in Airdrie, AB (1:00pm) and March 19/16 at St. Andrews on the Square (1:00pm) in Kamloops, BC.
Thank you to the many staff at Bethany Care Centre who showed genuine love and care for Mom.
In lieu of flowers people are asked to consider planting a tree of any variety in Eva's memory. Alternatively please make a donation to your local Pro-Life branch or Bethel Rays of Hope Orphanage or the Kamloops Stroke Recovery Club.
Inquiries may be directed to [email protected]
Published in Airdrie City View from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, 2016