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Born: May 15, 1922

Date of Passing: Aug 25, 2020

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May 15, 1922 - August 25, 2020

Peacefully after a long full life, Ev passed away Tuesday, August 25.
She will be lovingly remembered by her
family: Bill (Cathy), Jen (Shaun McKee and Anna), Ali (Tyler Gauthier), Becky (Corey Lauzé and Liam); Nan (Eric Hutchison), Cam (Launi Davis, Wyn and Willa), Caitlin (Rodrigo Venegas-Castro); Jane (Bill Medd), Natalie (Tyler Lestrat and Everly and Fraya), Patrick (Kirsten Coy and Calvin), and Maggie. She is also survived by her brother Howard Cox and family (Toronto) and sister-in-law Diane Litchfield and family (Huntsville,
Ontario). She was predeceased by her beloved husband Bob (Robert Douglas Litchfield) in 2014.
Ev was born in Scotia Junction, Ontario and raised in nearby Huntsville, Muskoka. Her
father was a carpenter, hunter, trapper and guide in the nearby Algonquin Park; her
mother was a homemaker and business
woman who ran tourist accommodations. Their home was shared with her maternal grandparents and backyard chickens, cows and pigs. She left school in the difficult years of the 1930s to help support the family as a telephone operator. Following this, she trained as a stenographer in Toronto and worked in a law office and for Trans-Canada Airlines. In 1946, she and Bob married and moved north to the Abitibi Paper Company town of Smooth Rock Falls. By 1954 they had three children and enjoyed an active and warm social life with extensive community and church involvement. Ev began her lifelong association with the United Church
Women and, with a friend, ran a children's
library from the community centre.
In 1963, they moved to Pine Falls, Manitoba where Ev made new friends, continued her UCW involvement and began 40 years of the 2,100 kilometer summer drives back to her family and Muskoka. Regretting that her schooling had been cut short during the
depression, Ev completed her high school
diploma by correspondence and went on to complete several university courses. This education led her to many years of teaching at Sagkeeng First Nation, both at the North and South Shore schools. These teaching years, with her warm bond with her students and fellow staff members remained, after her immediate family life, were the most
meaningful and memorable. She always
enjoyed reconnecting with her students and colleagues well into her later years. She was given a humanitarian award by her
colleagues when she retired.
Her lifelong involvement with the United Church and the UCW was central to Ev. Her activities ranged from sandwich making for funerals to reading challenging theology. For both Ev and Bob, their involvement with the United Church formed the ground for their shared political commitment to democratic values and socially-aware, humanitarian
values. Ev's deepest life foundation was her commitment to her family. Her many weekly letters home to her mother were balanced by her work to create a home for her own family. On top of her daily family meal preparations, housekeeping and childcare, she fostered her creative side through reading, attending
Manitoba Theatre Centre, decorating her homes, painting and crafting (the microwave never looked the same after she blew up the pine cones) and keeping her gardens filled with bright flowers. As her children had
families of their own, they were welcomed back for weekends and holidays to her home on the Winnipeg River and frequent family feasts. Nana was always a caring and an
energetic presence to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. From over-flowing
bubble baths to homemade desserts, dress-up clothes and disregarded bedtimes, weekends at Nana's were fun times.
Ev loved history and genealogy and this
interest was enhanced by her travels with Bob in later life. They camped in their tiny Boler trailer along the Alaska highway to
retrace Bob's surveying work during the war. They toured Europe extensively, including her ancestral Orkney Islands, and visited Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Ev once spoke of wondering how "little Evie Cox" managed to travelled to these destinations.
We heard frequently from all the care
givers, nurses, therapists and doctors in her home, the Pine Falls Hospital, and Sunnywood Care Home how interested, and interesting, our Mum was. In return, we have to express our profound gratitude for all of those who cared for Evelyn as she moved towards her final 98th year. Your warm and essential work over many years is greatly valued.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a
donation to UNICEF or to a charity of your choice.
There will be a memorial service early in October in Pine Falls. Date and time to be
announced. Safe pandemic guidelines will be followed.

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
(204) 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 12, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Thanks for that obituary. It so accurately describes Evelyn during the time that I knew her: from her days teaching Business Education in Sagkeeng to her days at Sunnywood Manor, where I accompanied on the piano during the weekly church services. Besides being a conscientious teacher, Evelyn engaged with each of her students with humor and love. Above all, though, I will never forget how she helped--or perhaps more accurately--rescued a friend of my wife and myself. Marie (not her real name) was hit with two setbacks almost at once: she lost her teaching job at Sagkeeng School and she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Marie had no family in Canada, so Evelyn BECAME her family. Evelyn took complete responsibility for Marie's welfare: helped her find an apartment in Winnipeg and arranged her flight back to her home island in the Philippines. It took a lot of Evelyn's time and probably also money. It was an act of pure charity. To paraphrase a well-known playwright, the good that people do lives after them, so let it be with Evelyn. - Posted by: Sam Klippenstein (Friend) on: Oct 05, 2020

  • She was my favorite teacher, she was kind and caring to many of her students. I had countless hours talking with her, she was not only my teacher but my counsellor as well. She encourage me and said, Henry you will make it and you will accomplish many things. Thank you for your many years in Sagkeeng. - Posted by: Henry (teacher) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Sincerest condolences to Bill, Nancy, Jane and families. Your Mother was a wonderful lady. I have many very fond memories of her, from Sunday morning classes with great discussions to being introduced to my very first bagel. Her kindnesses knew no end and her smile was always there to greet everyone. Love to you all, Mitzi & Don - Posted by: Mitzi (Friend) on: Sep 14, 2020

  • Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss of your Mom n' Dad. I remember the last time I met up with the two of them was at the Papertown Motel (after taking my Dad n' Mary out for lunch). Your Mom was absolutely beside herself to meet up with me and your Dad was as well. Nan, as you can attest to.....she was a very driven and determined individual with keeping in touch with others and always relating family events, celebrations as well as her concern for everyone. Please know, in your heart that she is at rest now and you and the family can carry on with the many significant memories and fun times (I especially loved the memory of the Pine cones and microwave issue!); I can only imagine the laughing over that scenario! Wishing you, Bill, Jane and extended family members much sympathy. Bonnie Lenton - Posted by: Bonnie Lenton (Friend??) on: Sep 12, 2020

  • Awe My dearest teacher, she was a awesome lady, never forgot her, like I did the rest, I visited her at the hospital quite often. She remembered all her students, Gonna miss you Mrs Litchfield, Have a safe journey, another angel gone home to be with the Lord, Many Blessings, and our sincere condolences to the Family - Posted by: Leona Bacon ( nee GUIMOND ) (friend and her student) on: Sep 12, 2020

  • What a well lived and very full life! The obit is very well written and really is able to sum up her extraordinary life. My deepest condolences to Bill and Cathy, their family and all the Litchfield clan. I have many fond memories of family gatherings and Ev being the life of all of them. She will be sadly missed but remembered by many for her energy, fun personality and her Zest for life. What a fantastic legacy and so many women to carry it on. Love and Hugs to you all. - Posted by: April Morton (Friend of the family) on: Sep 12, 2020

  • Wow, Mrs. Litchfield, 98? Before I read the name, I looked at the picture and I said to myself 'That's Mrs. Litchfield'! It took me back to the Sagkeeng classroom and the library as I loved to read in and out of school. I remember her as always happy and laughing as she worked. I loved school and I loved learning; I loved my teachers, and that sure included Mrs. Litchfield. My condolences to her family, you were blessed to have her in your lives and I was blessed to have her in my formative years. - Posted by: Marie Fontaine (Former Sagkeeng Student) on: Sep 12, 2020

  • I want the family to know how deeply saddened I was to hear of Ev’s passing. With much regret I was unable to visit Ev at Sunnywood during the last months of her life because of COVID. I always enjoyed time spent with your mother. We had a great relationship and I will miss her. I believe she is now together with Bob and their adventures together continue. God Bless and keep you Ev. Kelly - Posted by: Kelly Sharpe (Friend) on: Sep 12, 2020

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