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Evelynn passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at her home, with her family by her side.
Evelynn is survived by her husband Brent and children, Chris (Tammy), Terri (Dan) and Gillian; grandchildren, Dylan, Mackenzie, Isabelle and Andrew.
Evelynn was predeceased by her father Hector (Pete) Desilets. Also left to mourn are her mother Marthe and siblings, Suzanne (Allan), Maureen (Ray), Norbert (Sherry), Odette and in-laws, Ian (Ruth), John (Bebe) and Lorne (Evelyn). Evelynn will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Evelynn was raised in Elie MB and after graduating high school, she commenced employment at Manitoba Public Insurance, where she started as an adjuster. In 1989, she was transferred to the Special Investigation Unit where she became an Investigator. Ev's expertise was auto theft investigation and identifying stolen and re-numbered vehicles and as such, she worked closely with the Winnipeg Police Service and RCMP auto theft units. Ev was extremely proud when she was declared an expert witness in vehicle identification by the Court of Queens Bench. Ev was also instrumental in the formation of the Central Canadian Auto Theft Investigators Association. She was very well regarded by auto theft investigators across western Canada.
After her retirement, her focus turned toward her grandchildren. She enjoyed taking them to Assiniboine Zoo and often had them over for sleepovers. She would find any excuse to spend time with and spoil them.
Aside from her family, Ev's passion was her stained and fused glass work. Over the years, she made many beautiful stained-glass pieces, many of which were gifted to friends and relatives. She had two kilns going seemingly non-stop at home and did some amazing fused glass work.
Ev retired in 2014, whereupon she and Brent wintered in Mesa and travelled through the USA and Canada in their RV. A highlight of Ev's retirement was their trip through the Yukon and Alaska with Ray, Maureen, Norbert and Sherry. Unfortunately, Ev's retirement was rudely interrupted in June 2018 by an unexpected cancer diagnosis, after which she spent the next two years undergoing treatments. Throughout all of the hospitalizations, tests, treatments and bad news, Ev remained strong and positive. She was truly an inspiration to us and her bravery was incredible.
Due to the times we are temporarily living in, a private funeral will be held. The funeral service will also be live streamed. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to CancerCare MB, which will assist them in the research and treatment of cancer in this province. The family would like to thank her many doctors and caregivers from CancerCare Manitoba, as well as Brigitte Rémillard, Dr. Cornelius Woelk and the team at Southern Health Palliative Care.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I am an old friend of Ev...we were very good friends back in the day. We met when we worked together at MPIC...She was my pal and accomplish..We had fun and good times during our friendship..We parted when she and Teri moved to Xavier and I left for BC. Ev was a honorable and all round great woman... God bless her husband and children she loved ever so much. - Posted by: Jacqueline Leonard (Old friend) on: Sep 30, 2020

  • I'm very sorry to hear about your unimaginable loss. No matter the situation, Ev was always a pillar of strength. My deepest condolences to her family during this heartbreaking time. May you rest in peace Evelyn. - Posted by: Erika Forsyth (Friend of family ) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • A meaningful verse for us has been Isaiah 41:10 - Posted by: Ian and Ruth Richards (Brother and sister-in-law) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • I worked alongside Ev between 1989 until her retirement from MPI. She was a dedicated worker and good friend through those years. My condolences are extended to Brent and her family in this time of loss. RIP Ev. - Posted by: Kevin Duckett (Co-worker) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • Brent So sorry to hear about Evelyn. A wonderful lady. Please accept our condolences. - Posted by: Dave Anton & Charolette Wynn (Friends) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • Ev was always willing to pitch in with us in our little community of neighbours. A kind and courageous lady. She will be missed. Our sincere condolences to her family. Bob and Anne - Posted by: Bob Ogilvie (Friends and neighbours) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • Words do not come easily in expressing our sincere condolences for the passing of Eve. Eve was such a vivacious, incredibly clever, fun-loving lady who passed away at too young an age. Her determination in winning the battle against that terrible disease was so commendable and the pain she must have endured beyond imagination. Very few have that level of determination. Eve, we were so fortunate to have known you. - Posted by: John and Rita Eyer (Friends) on: Sep 26, 2020

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