Louise Evans

May 13, 1954 - September 24, 2019

SHERRY LOUISE EVANS
(née Groves)

With immense sadness and heavy hearts, we announce that Louise passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at the age of 65 years. Thank you to the amazing doctors and nurses at SICU – HSC whose care and compassion for Louise (and the entire family) during her brief time there was greatly appreciated.

 

Louis is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Bob Evans; treasured step-daughters Candace Gauthier (Brad) and Jen Evans; unbelievably cherished grandchildren Aiden, Aimee, Charlie and Lillian; adoring siblings Lawrie (Barb), Adele and Maureen (Dennis); as well as her wonderful niece Cara and nephews Steven (Lisa), Paul (Victoria), Jeremy (Katherine), Drew (Felica) and Michael (Jenna). She was pre-deceased by her parents, Fred and Betty Groves.

 

Louise was a warm, gracious, loving, generous soul with a great sense of humour. She lit up the room at social gathering (at least until 10 pm) and will be sorely missed by all who knew her well. She was an amazing wife, incredible step-mom and grandma and super sister and friend.

 

Louise Evans (nee Groves) was born in Winnipeg and lived with her family on Kingston Row for many years. She attended Windsor Elementary School and Glenlawn Collegiate where she excelled in academics and track and field.  She ultimately graduated from the UofM with a degree in Home Economics and began her career working in the hospitality industry. She worked in Edmonton, then Chicago and then back in Winnipeg, at the Winter Club. In 1985, she won the Westin Hotel “Supervisor of the Year” award…yes…she still has the plaque.

 

She eventually transitioned to teaching in the late ‘80s attending Red River College and U of M to become a Class 7 teacher.  She won a national award from the Conference Board of Canada in 1990. She loved working as a teacher, counsellor, and administrator with Job Works for over thirty years and cared deeply about the futures of all the students she met.

 

Louise and Bob’s love story began at the Fort Whyte Centre where they met as volunteers in 1990, bonded over frog eggs in the ponds…and where they married in 1995. 24 years later, Bob says it was still the best decision he ever made. On Feb 13th, the day they got engaged, Bob always said, “Happy Will You Marry Me Day.”

 

Following her retirement in 2016, Louise and Bob lived their lives to the fullest. They took immense pleasure in the grandkids, and she truly enjoyed reading (involved in two book clubs), baking “the best ever” chocolate chip cookies, gardening, going to the gym with friends, learning how to play pickle ball, cross-country skiing, scrapbooking, watching tennis, volunteering and travelling the world with friends and family. She was loving retirement!

 

Louise was an adventurous person who loved spending time at the cabin…whether it was Twin Beaches, Winnipeg Beach, Riding Mountain or Brereton…she was always up for a hike (Gorge Creek trail in the fall, Grey Owl trail and in Phoenix in the winter), swimming with the grandkids, working on a puzzle and playing scrabble. She has also been known to go on overnight canoe trips carrying a barrel half her size!

 

Louise was a passionate volunteer, sharing her time between the Children’s Hospital Book Market and Fort Whyte Centre. At the Fort Whyte Centre, she had been a volunteer spanning 20 years. Over the past 10 years, she spent the vast majority of her time at the Fort Whyte Farm and Forest School. As she mentioned in a 2017 Volunteer Profile, “I love coming to the Farm! On weekends the farm is quiet and peaceful and I love watching the laying hens come running for their food”.  She fell in love with the kids at the Forest School and always came home with stories about how adventurous and creative the kids were!

 

Our memories of Louise are vast and we were lucky to have her in our lives, albeit, for much too short a time. Chocolate chip cookies and empty peanut butter jars will never be the same.

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In Accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts in memory to FortWhyte Alive's Forest School or Farm which Louise was so passionate about. FortWhyte Alive, 1961 McCreary Road, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2K9; (204) 989-8355; fortwhyte.org/donate

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