November 30, 1933 – April 26, 2021
Surrounded by her family, Evelyn Christina Burns passed peacefully at home and into the arms of her Lord.
Predeceased by her life long love and husband of 49 years, Robert Burns, Evelyn is survived by her two daughters, Barbara (Bart) and Beverly (Dave), her grandchildren, Robyn (Spencer), Meagan, Brooke, David, her great grandchild, William, and her brother, Robert Houston.
Born in Port Alberni BC, Evelyn grew up in a close-knit and deeply spiritual family. As the first born child, Evelyn’s intuitively caring and responsible nature was nurtured early when her mother fell ill and she was called on to leave high school to help run the family grocery store.
While Evelyn did not know it then, this was the first of many benevolent gestures of service that characterized her long life.
Relocating with her family to Nanaimo, BC during her teens, Evelyn worked and earned her way to lead cashier at SuperValu grocery store. The family attended Victoria Road Gospel Chapel where she met and quickly fell in love with Bob. They were married in grand style on October 4, 1991, with Evelyn wearing a beautiful lace gown selected from the Jean Burns store.
Before long, “the girls” joined the family and as a wife, partner and mother, Evelyn selflessly shared her home with family, friends and visiting preachers. She was a meticulous host and exceptional cook, caring deeply that everyone who entered the family home would feel special and welcome. Many will remember her gorgeous dinner parties and New Years Eve celebrations.
Warm, thoughtful and even-tempered, Evelyn’s humility moderated her talents. As a youngster, she taught herself how to play the piano, and throughout her life, her musical gift was shared through aspects of life she cared most about.
At Bob’s side, she became the longest serving musician at Wakesiah Gospel Chapel. For years, she played organ for the Sands Funeral Home, and in countless quiet moments of reflection, one of her favourite spots at home was the seat of the family grand piano.
In the end, Evelyn’s unassuming service, cultivated over a lifetime, became a legacy she earned through daily gestures of care. Of the relationships she valued most, she prized her faithful service to the Lord, which was expressed through her unfaltering love, loyalty and commitment to others.
As a daughter, sister, wife, mom, “nana” and friend, Evelyn delighted most in life’s most simple pleasures, such as unexpected “I love you” phone calls. Family meant the world to Evelyn, and she was the rock upon which her family found stability and purpose. She is cherished and will forever be inconsolably missed.
A private memorial service will be held in Qualicum Beach on May 7th.Obituary
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