HARDY, EVELYN (EVA) DOROTHY ISABELLE (nee BERTHOLET)
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Eva Hardy on May 15, 2015 at the Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba. Eva was a beloved daughter, devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and kind friend.
Eva was born in Hartney, Manitoba on December 31, 1938 and spent most of her adult life in various towns around the area including Deleau and Souris. Always a hard worker, Eva left home at a young age with barely any money to begin working at a farm in the area. Eva could fix almost anything and had a keen mind as to how things worked. She would often take things apart, clean and fix them and then put them back together to make them work better than they ever did before. She translated these skills into a job at the Victoria Park Lodge where she worked maintenance for several years.
Once Eva retired, she used her time to pursue interests such as fishing and metal detecting. She also undertook an adventure to paddle the entire length of the Souris River on the Canadian side, carefully mapping out her route and keeping track of it. She would navigate the river on one side, then turn around and paddle back on the other side so she actually paddled the river twice. She did this in the summers of 2008-2009 and collected buffalo bones en route. She took great pride in discovering an intact buffalo skull complete with horns.
Eva loved playing any type of card game but cribbage was her favourite. She enjoyed having friends over for a few games, a pot of tea and good conversation. She was keenly interested in genealogy and enjoyed spending time on the computer researching her family roots. Eva showed kindness and a welcoming attitude to everyone.
Eva was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Mary, brothers Wilfred and William, sisters Frances and Lorraine and sister-in-law Alice. She is survived by brothers Morris (Evelyn), Edward, Martin (Lillian), Everett (Beth) and Denny (Ruby), brothers-in-law Joe and Oliver, sister-in-law Sandra, as well as a large extended family. Also mourning her passing and cherishing Eva’s memory are special friends Claris and Ab Deleau, Eleanor and Jared Thompson, and Dick Hofer.
Cremation has taken place through Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home. There will be no service at Eva’s request. If so desired, donations in Eva’s memory can be made to the Cancer Care Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.