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Bohne, Evelyn

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Evelyn Gene (Pilling) Bohne, beloved wife of the late Owen Bohne, passed away peacefully with family present at Fort Macleod Extendicare on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Evelyn leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Jean-Suzanne Bohne of Lethbridge and Melody (Tony) Perez of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Jordan Birk (Casey, deceased) of Burnaby; nine grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two sisters, Audrey (Donald, deceased) Jensen of Cardston and Vernetta (Lorne) Reed of Calgary as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was predeceased by her loving husband Owen; her only son, Douglas Abner Casey; six brothers, Kenneth, Ronald, Vernon, Harold, Ten and Keith; and three sisters, Merle, Mable and Ruby.
Evelyn was born and raised in Cardston. After completing high school there she attended Calgary Normal School in 1935-’36. As a teacher, her first position was teaching at Big Bend Hutterite Colony where she had 42 pupils and taught the first seven grades in one classroom — all for $8,860 per annum.
She married Owen Bohne in 1939 and for 10 years they made Picture Butte their home. Two of their children, Jean-Suzanne and Casey, were born there. In 1967 Owen and Evelyn adopted their youngest daughter, Melody.
In 1950 they took up residence in Fort Macleod where Evelyn went back to teaching school for a number of years. She loved working with the children. She conducted several recorder bands and her efforts in presenting the Christmas pageant at the school concerts were always well received.
Evelyn was always interested in art, singing, music and handicrafts — especially calligraphy. She attended Banff School of Fine Arts on a scholarship.
Evelyn was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held various positions in Fort Macleod as well as Cardston. She and Owen served three missions, the last one in the Birmingham Mission in Wales in 1981-’82.
Evelyn enjoyed the outdoors and fishing, as did her husband. They spent many happy hours in their motor home and fishing on the lakes.
In 1995 they moved to the Chinook Lodge in Cardston. In 2006 Evelyn moved to Extendicare in Lethbridge and in August 2010 she moved to Extendicare in Fort Macleod where she resided until her passing.
A person of great inner strength and perseverance, Evelyn was a compassionate, gracious, delightful and inspirational woman who loved her family and brought joy into the lives of many

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