EVELYN (Eva) Margaret MARTIN (nee DORING)

died March 21, 2005 at Ladysmith & District General Hospital at the age of 90 years. Evelyn was born December 3, 1914 in Edinburgh, scotland and was predeceased by her beloved younger brother Paul in 1941 and her parents, Helen and Max in 1945. she ws also predeceased by her first husband Alex in 1965 and second husband Ernest in 1985. Evelyn’s life was fascinating with some highlights including: she was chosen to compete as a gymnast in the 1935 Olympic Games, in 1944 she heroically risked her life to work with the Polish resistance in Boryslaw, Poland. In 1953, she toured 2164 miles in 4 weeks through Western Europe on her 125cc BSA motorbike and in her eighties, with her dog O.B. she drove 9 return trips from Ladysmith to Calgary to visit Sylvia and Len. Evelyn lived and worked in Scotland, England, Germany, Venezuela and Australia as a nurse, midwife, secretary or translator. In 1981, she and Ernest immigrated from Australia to Ladysmith. She loved to travel, read, knit, correspond with family and friends and always had a positive attitude and sunny smile. Evelyn will be greatly missed by family and many friends including: Sylvia (Len), Inge (Klaus), Hilde and Kirsten, Else (Berthold), Jo, Dennis and Michael, Ruth (Peter) and family, Julius (Ellen) and family, Darryl, Marnie (Gil) and 7 great grandchildren. Special thanks o the staff and volunteers of Ladysmith Human Resources, Dr. E. Fritsch, all the staff at Ladysmith and District General Hospital and Evelyn’s wonderful neighbours.

A memorial tea for Evelyn was held March 26, 2005 at Sands Funeral Chapel in Nanaimo. Evelyn was cremated and interred at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, Cedar, British Columbia.


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