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Born: Oct 12, 1938

Date of Passing: Apr 28, 2023

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(nee NOBLE)

October 12, 1938 - April 28, 2023

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Evelyn on April 28, 2023, as a result of a stroke.

The youngest of five children, Evelyn was born in Wilmot, Nova Scotia and grew up on the family dairy farm. In her late teens she headed to Halifax to pursue nursing and met the love of her life, Lawrence (Larry) Doyle. Married in 1959, Larry swept her off her feet and kept her dancing for 47 years until his passing in 2006.

Larry’s military career required them to frequently relocate. While living on the east coast they welcomed their eldest daughter, Heather. Shortly after reallocating to the west coast their second daughter, Linda, was born. A few years and relocations later, the family was completed with a son, Steve.

It was in 1975, while living in Ottawa, that Evelyn went back to work as a Lab Technologist with the Children’s Hospital. Shortly after the family moved to Winnipeg, Evelyn accepted a Lab Technologist position with Cadham Provincial Lab. In 1994, after working diligently for 15 years in the Virology Lab, Evelyn retired and took to travelling the world with Larry.

Evelyn will always be remembered for her strength, creativity and athleticism. She remained active even in her later years participating in bowling, ice curling, floor curling, exercise classes and baseball where she made many friends. She was a long time member of the flower arranging group at the St. James Garden Club and took great pride in creating beautiful arrangements. Her love for decorating elevated every special occasion and seasonal celebration. Most recently, she enjoyed her stay at the Kiwanis Courts where she made new friendships and renewed past ones.

Evelyn was happiest in the company of her expanding family, including children, Heather and spouse Mario Potenza; Linda and husband Ernie Brown (predeceased); and Steve and wife Cheryl (née Reid), as well as her adoring grandchildren, Cassandra and Selano Potenza; Carl (Kelly Bui), Marida, and Collin Brown; Jaymee and Ryan Doyle, and the latest addition to the family, great-granddaughter Chloe Brown. She is survived by her brother George Noble of Wilmot, NS as well as her many nieces and nephews.

To know her was to love her and at the age of 84, Evelyn leaves behind a loving family who cherished her, a long list of friends who admired her and a legacy that will transcend time.

Please join us in a celebration of Evelyn’s life on Wednesday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m., with viewing beginning at 1:30 p.m., at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Evelyn’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Finally, we would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Grace Hospital for their compassionate care.

For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 02, 2023

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I was saddened to hear the news of her passing. I only had the pleasure of meeting her once but felt I knew her from all the previous conversations I had with Linda and my brother. She will be missed. My deepest sympathies to Linda, Heather and Stephen and their families. - Posted by: Charlotte Brown (Family) on: May 13, 2023

  • So sorry for the great loss to you and yours. I know she will be missed but she is with her "Larry" now and my Dad and Mom and sister Kathy. May they be bowling and having a grand time. - Posted by: Marion Doyle (niece) on: May 04, 2023

  • Oh Aunty Eve, hearing of your passing today broke my heart. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of visiting you and Uncle Lawrence with my grandparents, Wednesday nights Doyle family league bowling, and finally, to watching you and Uncle Lawrence tearing up the dance floor at my wedding in 2003. I can't believe I'll never receive another Christmas card from you, depicting your adventures of the previous year. The thing that brings me comfort is knowing that the family likely threw one heck of a party when you arrived! Love and miss you lots Aunty xox - Posted by: Jennifer Hoch (Niece) on: May 02, 2023

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