1939 - 2018
Evelyn Maude Odland (nee Franks), beloved wife of Allan Odland, passed away, peacefully in her sleep in Lethbridge on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the age of 78 years, having spent the last several years battling the devastating disease of Alzheimer’s.
The Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. A private burial service was held at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Evelyn is survived by Allan, her loving husband of fifty years and their daughters Tracy (John) Albiston of Coalhurst, Sherri Odland of Lethbridge, Pam (Mario) Pasquotti of Lethbridge, Laura Odland of Lethbridge and Jamie (Mike) Hanna of Olds. She is also survived by ten grandchildren Nick, Nate, Thomas, Alex, Andrew, Brooklyn, Zac, Lucas, Jeter and Megan. She is also survived by her sister Janet (Bill) Dubas, sisters-in-law Joan Franks and Elaine Franks and by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many special friends.
Besides her parents Norman & Mary Jane Franks, she was predeceased by an infant son James Michael Odland; brothers Bruce Franks and James Franks; sister Beverly White and brother-in-law Lloyd White.
Evelyn was born in Winnipeg on April 4, 1939 to Norman and Mary Jane Franks. She worked at the Manitoba Telephone Company for several years before hitchhiking across Europe. Evelyn was often admired for her beautiful auburn hair. After returning, she moved to Lethbridge where she met Allan Odland. They were married on November 4, 1967 at Knox United Church in Taber.
Allan and Evelyn farmed for many years outside of Taber. She very much enjoyed living on the farm and working in her huge vegetable garden as well as chasing the sheep. Later, she worked as a custodian for Knox United Church for eleven years. Evelyn enjoyed sewing, crochet, reading, baking, gardening in her gorgeous flower gardens and later in life, painting landscapes. She was also the leader of the New Ewe 4-H Club (sheep) for two years.
Allan and Evelyn moved to Lethbridge to be near their grandchildren in 2001. Evelyn had many friends and was active in her women’s groups including the Friendship Unit at Knox United Church as well as the Taber Christian Women’s group.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Evelyn’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Society, 40, 1202 - 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3 www.alzheimer.ca or to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1H7.
We thank all of you whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed.