Our Mother, Evelyn Grace Garstin (nee Tunke), 89, of Edmonton, AB, passed away on January 20, 2021.
Evelyn was born in 1931 in Dixonville and grew up on the family farm. After her schooling, she joined her sister, Alice, to work at the Peace River Hospital. She married the late George Garstin in 1951 joining him and his two sons, Ian and Don, on their farm in the Weberville district of Peace River. There would soon be three more children to join them.
Our parents shared a passion for reading and growing their own food. There was always a meal ready to be shared such as her famous roast beef and yorkshire pudding exceptionally prepared on her wood cookstove. Her hard work in the garden fed us all year. We might have grumbled about hilling the potatoes and weeding, but we will always rave about the delicious food from our mother’s hands. And those hands were never idle; it seemed she could knit a sweater or sock in the time it took to have a cup of tea. Every summer Mom enjoyed her holidays to places in North America and England. We were just kids in the 1960s but she and our dad give us such great memories of the ocean beach, Disneyland and so much more. Later, Mom, along with Dad, would bring home t-shirts and stories of other places like China, Belize, Australia and especially the Cook Islands. In 1991 our parents made their home in Edmonton, but Mom had an enduring fondness for the landscapes, the rhythm of the seasons and the people from her Northern hometowns and missed them with all her heart. All this and so much more made her reminisce about her life with gratefulness and wonder about how good her life’s blessings were. We will miss you Mom just as we miss our Dad.
Evelyn is predeceased by her husband, George Garstin; sister, Alice Sempowich; and Grandson, Daryl Garstin. Evelyn is survived by children Ian Garstin (Alma), Donald Garstin (Mila), Candy Garstin, Rebecca Garstin (Ron), Brent Garstin (Moira); brother, Donald Tunke (Ruby), and sister, Carolyn Lee (Bob). She is survived by 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. A private memorial will be held at a later date.