Evelyn “Ebbie” Kathleen Handford (nee Fife), who turned 89 on November 3 of this year, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2005 at the MSA Hospital in Abbotsford, BC. Tremendous efforts by wonderful medical staff in Abbotsford (and Chilliwack) were made, as her mind was always clear, but finally time caught up. She was looking forward to the election and did not expect to vote Liberal.
Evelyn was born in New Canaan, Cumberland Co., NS on November 3, 1916 to Stanley and Margaret (Brown) Fife and lived there until attending Truro Normal School. She married E. Norman (“Norm”) Handford, whom she had met at the Sunnyside Air Force Base in PEI during WWII; they resided in Quebec, Ontario, Kitimat, Agassiz, Burnaby and finally Abbotsford, BC. After Norm’s death in 1987 she lived alone in Abbotsford at the friendly Fraser Ridge Apartments, and had frequent visits by friends and relatives.
Evelyn is survived (alphabetical order) by three sons, Gordon, Norman and Reg; grown grandchildren Leigh, Norman and Stephanie and young grandchildren Ray and Rex; and great grandchildren Aisia, Charlie, Dylan, Eden, Kade and Savannah. She has a large extended family in Nova Scotia.
She was predeceased by her husband Norm, her parents and her brothers and sisters Madeline, Lawson, Marion, Hilton “Hickey”, Charley and Joyce. She outlived all the others, except for her younger sister Ida of Truro, NS. Her lifespan was exceeded only by great aunts from a generation before, proving that you can enjoy life for a long time with simple pleasures of apple juice, Hagen-Dazs, chocolate cake, and soup at the White Spot.
Her request for cremation will be carried out by First Memorial Funeral Services of Aldergrove. A memorial service will be held at Cascade Community Church, 35190 Delair Rd., Abbotsford, on December 9, 2005 at 1:00 pm, officiated by Major Ron Cartmell of the Salvation Army.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to MSA Hospital. Such kindness, concern, consideration and competence deserve our support.