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Wilma Christina (Bomhower) Evans

EVANS, Wilma Christina (Bomhower) - September 14, 1927 - January 24, 2015. It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Wilma Evans on Saturday, 24 January, 2015 at the Southampton Care Centre, to whom we extend our gratitude for the compassionate ongoing care they provided. Wilma is survived by her daughter, Esther Sarah Evans of Jerusalem, Israel, and her sister, Bernice Benson (Charles) of Russell, Ontario; her sister-in-law, Marjorie and her brother-in-law, William (Bill) Evans of St. Mary's Ontario, along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews, as well as numerous cousins. Predeceased by her husband, Robert (Bob) Evans; her parents, Ellis Bomhower & Helen (Urquhart) Bomhower of Avonmore, Ontario; her brothers, Everett and Wesley (Theresa); her sisters, Joyce (Myles Casselman) & Winnifred (James McNaule). Wilma was born during the depression years, on a farm near Williamstown, Ontario, the fifth child in a family of seven. She attended grade school in both Williamstown and Avonmore, Ontario. Her generation is noteworthy, in that each and every child learned at an early age that hard work and determination was what it took to succeed in life. Wilma was most certainly an achiever... financial resources were at an all time low during those years, but she managed to save up enough money doing housework after school, weekends and summer holidays, to enrol in a Draughting & Design School at Cornwall, Ontario. In 1945, her first employment was with General Electric in Peterborough, Ontario. From there, Wilma went on to work as a draftswoman for the Avro Aircraft Company located at Malton, Ont. She was part of the group who worked on the designing of the famous 'Avro Arrow', a long range twin engine interceptor plane which was intended to be used by the air force. Unfortunately 'The Arrow' was scrapped, in its entirety in February of 1959, amid much controversy, by John Diefenbaker, who was then the Prime Minister. Scepticism still exists to this day as regards his decision. With the resulting layoff which affected hundreds of Avro Aircraft employees, Wilma then applied for employment with Atomic Energy, near Deep River, Ontario, which is where she met and married Bob Evans. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Port Elgin, Ontario, where Bob began working at the nearby Douglas Point Nuclear Plant. Blessed with a fiery personality & quick wit, Wilma will be remembered as a caring & giving person, never forgetting to send 'special' gifts at Christmas time & birthdays, to nieces, nephews and little neighbourhood children throughout the years. She will be sorely missed by family, friends and acquaintances. May she rest in peace & be reunited under God's care, with those who await her arrival. A memorial service will be held Port Elgin Chapel of the T.A. BROWN FUNERAL HOME , 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, Ontario, 519-832-2222, on Saturday, May 30th, 2015, at 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be served following the service in the reception suite of the T.A. Brown Funeral Home. Interment at Sanctaury Park Cemetery will take place at a later date. Memorial donations to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Memorial online at www.tabrownfuneralhome.com12934574
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