In Memory of

Evelyn

Mae

Enns

(Dyck)

Obituary for Evelyn Mae Enns (Dyck)

With sorrow the family of Evelyn Mae Enns announce her passing at the age of 93, on January 5, 2024, at Donwood Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg.

Evelyn was born in Winkler, Manitoba on May 22, 1930, to John H.K. and Emillie Dyck, the eldest of five sisters. She attended school in Winkler and thrived in the small community, making many long-lasting friendships.

From an early age Evelyn demonstrated a talent for and love of music. Her father was known for having a fine bass voice and music played an important role in their home. Mom’s skill with piano developed quickly and soon reached a level where she had to travel to Winnipeg for lessons, usually driving one of her father’s transfer business trucks. She enjoyed the independence and opportunity to go the “the city”. Evelyn earned awards and trophies for her piano playing and also became a competent violist, although piano was what she truly loved.

Mom began teaching piano lessons at the age of 14, beginning a career that lasted over 6 decades. She took pride in the ability of her students and many became proficient and won awards over the years.

Church was also important to Evelyn. She became a member of the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church in her youth and it was there that she married her husband of 51 years, David Stanley Enns (Stan), on July 13, 1952.

Evy and Stan settled briefly in Winkler, starting their family there, but soon moved to Winnipeg. After a time, they bought their house on Glencoe Avenue which was to be the family home where they raised their children, Sherill, Joanne and David. They joined the Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church, becoming lifelong members. Mom was active in the church, joining the choir and various clubs, participating in a bible study group with other couples, and helping look after little ones in the “baby room”. She made use of the church library regularly and her Bible was always at hand.

Evelyn was a social person and had many friends, women that got together for coffee with their young children and couples that curled together. There were day trips to Patricia Beach where several families loaded up their cars and children and spent the day together. There were also many evenings spent around their kitchen table with another couple, such as sister-in-law Cora and Henry Loewen, and a pot of coffee, not to mention some of Mom’s excellent baking.

Evelyn and Stan enjoyed travelling as well, making many trips to Hawaii and other trips related to Stan’s business such as England, Denmark, The Netherlands and Italy, to name just a few. She enjoyed family road trips to Minneapolis to visit her sister Milly, to Ontario to visit sister Frances, and to B.C.

Later in life Evelyn’s love of music took her in a new direction. She joined the “Sisters of the Holy Rock” choir first as accompanist and later as choir member. The family joke was that our mother was perhaps the first Mennonite nun and seeing her in a nun’s habit was a surprise at first. She enjoyed her time with the Sisters immensely. She belonged to several other groups, most notably the “Joyful Sound”, a smaller group that was like family to her.

Perhaps Mom’s most cherished role in life was that of grandmother. She devoted a great deal of time and love to her grandchildren, babysitting and having them for extended stays, weekends and sleepovers. Their happiness was her priority and each grandchild had a special bond with their grandmother which enriched their lives. Each of them will miss her dearly.

Mom’s declining health in the past several years necessitated moves first to assisted living and then to Donwood Manor Personal Care Home, where she received excellent care. The family acknowledges the very special people who provided care for our mother and grandmother, and we thank them.

Evelyn was predeceased by her husband Stanley in 2003 and her son David in 2021; as well as her four sisters, Emma Dyck at birth, Bonnie Olson, Milly Klassen and Frances Thomas.

Evelyn leaves to mourn her daughter Sherill (Randy) and children, Emillie (Damian), Lorien, Christopher (Katherine) and James; daughter Joanne (Richard) and children, Michael (Genna) and David; and daughter-in-law Irene and children, Graeme and Frances. Her great grandchildren also mourn her loss, Oliver, Alaura, Evelyn, Callum, Rylyn, and Jayden.
Evelyn also leaves sister-in-law Caroline Hamm, brother-in-law Bill and Katie Enns, sister-in-law Cora and Henry Loewen, brother-in-law Paul Thomas, and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 11:00 am at Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church, 145 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg.

A private family burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Siloam Mission.