Evelyn Kilfoyle

Evelyn Jean Kilfoyle (Purkess)

Friday, October 22nd, 1920 - Saturday, June 8th, 2019
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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Evelyn Kilfoyle at the age of 98 at the Tiger Hills Personal Care Home, Treherne, MB. on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Evelyn was born October 22, 1920 in the Southfield District and was the eldest daughter of the late Fred and Mary Purkess. Mother married Robert Lauder August 1, 1939 and farmed down at the river until moving up in the fall of 1948 to the Arizona District. They had three children, Doris, Beatrice and Bobby. Robert passed away February 1, 1950.
In October of 1956, Mother married Roy Kilfoyle. They had one daughter, Vera. They farmed until Dad's retirement. Roy passed away in December of 1999. Mother and Bobby remained on the farm until Mother went into the care home in the spring of 2017.

Mother was an avid gardener and always had a bountiful garden of fresh vegetables and she canned everything. Her most prized plants were her gladiolas. She grew many bouquets that filled her kitchen table and we have many pictures taken with her beautiful glad's. Mother enjoyed her friends and the many card games that she hosted in her home. They were for sure a fun filled evening for all her guests. Every Sunday she would prepare a dinner for those who showed up. Some Sundays were pretty full at the table enjoying a lovely chicken dinner and homemade bread. Mother always had some homemade sweets in the house to have on hand when any neighbor came in for tea or coffee.

Evelyn was an active member of the Arizona Lady's group for many years and was one of the active members to bring back the group and reconstruct the hall. She was very proud of it and enjoyed the ladies who she regarded as close friends.

Besides her brother Norman Purkess, Evelyn leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter Doris, granddaughter Norma, two great grandsons, Chris and Aaron; her son Bobby; grandson David, his wife Sherri and two great grandsons, Jonah and Sammy; and by her youngest daughter Vera & husband Ian and their three children Brittany, Kyle and Brett.

Evelyn was predeceased by her husband's Robert Lauder and Roy Kilfoyle, daughter Beatrice Kopecky, granddaughter Barbara, parents Frederick & Mary Purkess (nee Baillie), brothers Gordon, Reg, John, Jim and Harry, sisters Mary Jones, Edith Woodward and Lily Patterson and by sons-in-laws Reg Mashinter & Jerry Kopecky.

A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, MB, with Heather Grobb officiating.
Following the interment, a reception will be held in the Arizona Hall. Everyone is welcome. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Evelyn's memory to the Sidney Cemetery Board, c/o Joan Manns, Box 72, Sidney, MB R0H 1C0 or to the Arizona Hall, c/o Marlene McIntyre, Box 135, Austin MB R0H 0C0.
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    Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 14th, 2019 11:00am
    Sidney Cemetery
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    A Graveside Service will be held on Friday June 14, 2019 at 11:00 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Heather Grobb
  • Interment

    Sidney Cemetery
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  • Reception

    Arizona Community Hall
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Kathy Wood

Posted at 08:22am
Our deepest sympathies to all the family on the passing of Evelyn.
Think back to the Fridays after school that one of the girls spent at my Dad and Mom's. (Booth)
I (Kathy) wasn't very old, but can still remember this.
Bill and Kathy Wood

Jack and Gladys Nash

Posted at 07:58pm
Sympathy to the families.

Carol & Gord Arbuckle, Florence Duncan

Posted at 07:04pm
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Evelyn. Many happy memories spent with the Purkess families.

Linda & John Thiessen

Posted at 11:06am
Our sincere sympathy to all of Aunt Evelyn's family.

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