Artist, Marya Evelyn
Mrs. Mary Evelyn Artist, 86 years, of Pioneer Ridge passed away on July 8, 2003. She was born on February 14, 1917 and lived her entire life in Thunder Bay. She was married to George for 49 years and was predeceased by him in 1988. She was also predeceased by her parents Percy and May Proudfoot, sister Marjorie Lundberg (Sax) and brother David Proudfoot. Evelyn is survived by daughters Janet Priestley (Frank), Judy Artist and son Leonard Artist (Sandy), grandsons Jeffrey Priestley (Carolyn), Gerald Priestley (Claire), Sylvia Hughes (George), Kathy Byrka (Kenny) and great-grandchildren Carly and Morgan Hughes and Rachel, Mallory and Victoria Byrka. Also surviving are brother Cecil Proudfoot and Joyce, nieces Michelle and Janice, Joan, Karin and nephew Bruce and their respective families. Evelyn was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, she will be fondly remembered by all those whose lives she touched. Evelyn enjoyed travelling with her husband and friends, picnics in the parks, reading poetry, lunches with friends and visits over tea and conversation. Whether it was going for a ride in the country or chatting on the phone, she loved the company of others. She had many dear friends. We will all miss her listening ears, words of wisdom, laughter, gentleness and kindness. Evelyn will always be remembered for her baking and the wonderful aromas of bread, cinnamon buns and dainties. She worked tirelessly to perfect her talent and we all benefitted greatly. Thanks Mom!!! A special thank you goes out to all those who cared for and took the time to visit Evelyn or call to find out how she was doing. Her last few years were difficult ones, but the continued love and support from friends and family kept her strong. Cremation has taken place and upon family request and her wishes, no service will be held. If friends so desire, memorial doantions may be made in Evelyn's honour to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or charity of your choice. Grandma, here's one of your favourites. 'I love you, learned alot from you and miss you dearly, forever in my heart, Sylvia.If you have learned to walkA little more sure-footedly than I,Be patient with my stumbling thenAnd know that onlyas I do my best and tryMay I attain the goalFor which we both are striving.If through experience, your soulHas gained heights which IAs yet in dim-lit vision see,Hold out your handand point the way,Lest from its straightnessI should stray,And walk a mile with me.