Service Date: September 16th, 2019 1:00 p.m. Monday
Service Location: Webers' Mount Pleasant Chapel in Camrose
Born December 12, 1918 in Robsart, Saskatchewan. Eva went home on September 12, 2019. She is survived by sons Robert (Brenda) and Leslie (Esther); grandchildren Murray, Kim, Ryan, Darcy, Kirk, Barrett and families.
Eva was predeceased by husband Albin in 1972 and daughter Karen in 1987. Brothers Oscar (Lillus), Morris (Esther) and sisters Myrtle and Thelma (Alf). She was the last of the original Leiren Clan.
The family moved from Robsart to the Bawlf area where they farmed. Eva had a great desire to become a school teacher. She started her teaching career at Scandia school between Bawlf and Daysland living with the Loken family. On July 24, 1943 she received a telegraph from Jenny Linn school at Scandia, Alberta which said that she and her good friend, Eileen Rosdal, had recieved teaching positions. It was at a box social in Scandia where Eva would meet her future husband, .Albin. They moved to a farm east of Bawlf and had a mixed farming operation. Eva taught at Bawlf School for over 20 years retiring in 1977. Retirement was not the end of her adventures. Eva was the Alberta Senior Games Scrabble champion. She only passed on her winning strategy of the game to a few people! She was very active in church activities and taught English to new immigrants. Her cooking was always top notch. Traveling was always important which included going back to Norway to touch base with family roots. She also enjoyed her visits to southern US states and eastern Canada. Her favorite trip was with Alf , Thelma and Olga when they drove to Alaska, she talked about this trip often. Eva was always proactive about her living arrangements such as moving from the farm to Camrose, then selling her house after Albin died and moving into the tri-plex on Mirror Lake, on to Deer Meadows and Bethany Meadows where she passed away peacefully.
December 12, 2018 was Eva's 100th birthday. At times she wasn't sure she would make that milestone, but she did and when she received a letter from Queen Elizabeth and the Governor General of Canada, that was the icing on the cake'. Usually when someone came to visit her, she would quickly point to the letter and ask them read it to her. (Thanks Geri).
Thank you to all who visited her and helped 'open her memory box' to hear some of her important memories, also to those who stopped by to read scriptures to her.
Thank you to all the staff at Spruce Cottage for the exceptional care and love you gave to our MOM each and every day.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 at Weber's Mount Pleasant Chapel in Camrose. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place at a later date at the Bawlf Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CLBI.