It is with great sadness that the family of Evelyn Anna McKinley (nee Johns) announces her passing on June 25, 2020 at Blue Water Rest Home in Zurich, in her 91st year. She died peacefully with her cherished husband of 72 years, Anson by her side. Evelyn will be lovingly remembered by her children Larry McKinley and Elizabete David, Karen Ratcliffe, Cathy McKinley and John Hoover, Mary Lou and Robin Thomson, and Donna and the late Brian Steck. As a grandmother she will be remembered by Warren and Alana McKinley, Kelly, Megan, Emily, and David Ratcliffe, Josh, Mac and Ali Hoover, Nikki and Michael Thomson, and Ethan and Steven Steck. Great grandmother of Neve and Grayson McKinley-Burns, Colton, Gabriel and Addison St. Maurice, Owen Waters, Douglas Muir, Jackson, Wyatt and Logan Berger, Olin, Tegel, Abigail, and Emilia Hoover, Otis, Finlay and Heather Gunn, and Max, Jude, Jimi and Bodhi Steck. Missed by former sons-in-law Dale Ratcliffe and Doug McKenzie, along with her many nieces and nephews. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Eleanor Reibling-King and Willard King, Stanley and June Johns and Gordon and Diane Johns, Bob McKinley, Berne and Doris McKinley, and Jean Fanson. Predeceased by Audrey McKinley, Ken Fanson, and Lloyd Reibling.
Evelyn was born October 10, 1929, and she married her love, Anson, at 18 years of age on May 15, 1948. The small United Church near her parents’ farm was filled with the smell of cherry blossoms she picked that morning. She carried a bouquet of red and yellow roses, a gift from Anson. Children filled the farm house and strays wandered in to stay for weeks and months and were fed and embraced (Lawrence, Nick, and Ted to name a few). Her life was filled with all the tasks and few of the modern amenities of a farmer’s wife. She fed all who came near at mealtimes – family, hired men, bankers and politicians. She took meals to Anson in the fields and shared quiet moments with him in the evenings when all was good with her world. She grew food, she quilted blankets, she kissed hurts away and she laughed with joy. For many years, in the winter, they lived in Royal Manor in Boynton Beach, Florida. She was active in the church and choir and volunteered at the Nearly New Shop. Many cold northerners were welcomed with food, lodgings and warm conversation. She was dedicated to her faith as a member of the United Church and the United Church Women. She was the first-in-line as a volunteer to cook, sew or serve at community fundraisers. She had a life-long joy of music, particularly the old hymns, and sang in the church choir. Evelyn loved unconditionally. She was compassionate, generous, selfless and thoughtful. Evelyn loved Anson and her family with all her heart. We will all miss her beautiful blue eyes and her warm smile not to mention her creamed chicken, dinner rolls and angel food cake.
A private family funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 11th at 11 AM, Reverend Randy Banks officiating. Though the service is private, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your home. Stream the service live by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh Interment Bayfield Cemetery.
Donations to Brucefield Community United Church, Blue Water Rest Home or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.