KELLMAN, Eveline (nee Moat) -
It is with deep sadness the family of Eveline Kellman announces her passing on April 21, 2017 at the age of 85. Mourning her passing are her son Martin (Susan), son Gerard (Pamela), son Philip (Barbara predeceased), daughter Susan Phillips (Glenn), and son Andrew (Kelly). She is missed by her grandchildren Konrad (Lisa), Nicholas, David (Crystal), Ian (Meghan), Brandon, Andrea, Meagan, Rebecca, Sierra, Jessica, step grandchildren Courtney (Rob), Brooke (Geordie), Blair, Kevin, Chad, Tommy, Robbie, and great grandchildren Sierra, Silas, Bremyn, Gabriel, Inessa, Madison, Evan, Howan, Jeanne, Kristan, Emily, and Claire (predeceased).
Eveline was the only daughter of Minnie and John Moat. Born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1932, life on the north-coast was difficult. Unemployment was quite high and they made do. Going to the seaside at Whitley Bay and Tynemouth were favourite family outings. Eveline enjoyed dance classes, which she started at an early age. Church and family were very important. She had eight aunts and uncles but talked most fondly of her aunts Lizzy, Barbara (Babsie), and Winnifred and Uncle Jimmy on her mom’s side and her grandmother Sarah Convery (Lee). Sadly her uncle Jimmy died while serving in the Royal Navy when the Japanese attacked Singapore in 1942. Life after the war was still difficult as rationing of food and clothing continued. Although this was a challenging time, she made the most of it and explored the northern English countryside with friends.
In June 1956 Eveline and a friend set sail for Canada abroad the M/V Seven Seas. Eveline disembarked at the port of Montreal and began a new life. She started work almost immediately keypunching with Canadian National Railways. Although she planned on making enough money to keep travelling to Australia, she enjoyed life in Montreal and the Laurentians where she would go with co-workers to enjoy the outdoors. After marrying Louis Kellman they had two children, Martin and Gerard, while living in Montreal. They then moved to St. Johns, Newfoundland for Louis’s work. It was here that Philip and Susan were born. During that time Eveline’s father passed away and her mother came from England to live with them for a while to help out. However, living in Canada did not work out for her mom and she eventually returned to England. In 1963 the family moved back to Montreal for Louis’s work. While there the last child, Andrew was born. Life in Pointe Claire was difficult for Eveline, and she worked hard to raise her five children. The company Louis worked for opened a new facility in Guelph and the family moved in 1968 with hopes of a better life for everyone. However, in 1969 the couple separated and Eveline started a new life with her children.
Eveline fought hard to obtain housing and whatever else the children needed.
She returned to work and found strength in the church and trusted friends. She did whatever she could for her children, including camping trips to Sandbanks Provincial Park or Port Elgin. This involved taking buses and arranging for rides as she did not yet drive. In 1976 she enrolled at the University of Guelph as a mature student and worked hard to complete her degree, a Bachelor of Arts. It was there she met a lifelong friend Kit Caffelle. She was an active member of the mature student association at the University of Guelph and following graduation worked at “Women in Crisis” in Guelph. There she met Ida Marshall and the two became fast friends with a bond that could not be broken. While in her 40’s Eveline learned how to drive, adding to her list of accomplishments! A few years after graduation, she was hired as a Social Worker by the Region of Waterloo and stayed there until she retired. She eventually bought her own house and she and her children were proud that she had accomplished so much and had done it her way. She was also proud that she was able to send her children to Newcastle to see where she grew up and to meet her extended family. In her retirement she enjoyed making stained glass pieces for family and friends. She was active in the Evergreen Seniors Centre and loved learning new things as well as talking about her family history. She also enjoyed walks with border collie Shelby and taking part in several bus tours.
Catastrophically, she suffered a stroke in early 2015 and was left wheelchair bound. She moved to Morriston Park Nursing Home where she made wonderful improvements and was starting to walk with the help of her therapist Thomas. Despite her physical limitations, she continued to set goals for herself and was so proud of her progress. She was active on the residents’ council, trying to make improvements for herself and other residents.
Eveline was known for speaking her mind, driven by her desire for honesty and to eventually make things better. She lived her life doing her utmost for her children. She felt truly blessed to have so many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In keeping with Eveline’s wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be celebrated at the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph on Thursday 27 April at 1:00 PM. Visitation at 12:00. Reception to follow in the Wall-Custance Family Reception Centre. If desired, donations can be made to the SickKids Foundation, McMaster Children's Hospital or The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Eveline Kellman in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm.|