“Beloved By All”, Evelyn Mae Ladouceur transitioned from this plane Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023.

Evelyn is survived by Daughters Darlene Kerekes and Wanda Shipp, Son Ken Kerekes (Sharlene) Great Grandson Bryan Williamson-Kerekes, Sisters Ruth Callahan and Gladys Zielstra, Brother Ray Stevenson (Margaret), Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Step Daughter-in-laws’, Step Grandchildren and Step Great Grandchildren, and many Friends.

Evelyn is predeceased by her husband, Willard Ladouceur, Grandson Darren Kerekes (Schmidt), Willard’s sons: Alvin, Wayne, Rocky, Roddy, Ronnie, Dusty, Brian, Son-in-law Dean Shipp, Brothers: Harold and Lloyd Stevenson, Parents: Phyllis and Renwick Stevenson, and former husband Johnnie Kerekes.

Life History

Evelyn (Ev) was born in Faust, Alberta on May 8th, 1933; the 3rd, eldest of 6 children. During the times of the great depression, Ev’s Mom managed the family farm while the father worked away. She would share stories of the creativity of how her Mom earned money by selling cream and eggs to buy things for the family. With her Mom always having a large garden, Ev shared that the family never went hungry.

Ev was an excellent student who loved attending Kinuso school. The kids either walked to school or in the wintertime took the horse and buggy. She was also very good at sports, with her toughest competition being her best friend.

Ev moved to the Warburg area with her siblings shortly after her Mom passed away, which occurred a few days before her 16th birthday. At the age of 19, she married the father of her 3 children. Throughout the next number of years, work commitments meant the family would move several times. In 1960 the family returned to the Warburg area and began farming on the family farm. It was during these years Ev raised her children, partook in daily farming activities, managed the garden, maintained the home, and worked at different jobs within the community.

In the early 1970’s the family moved to Edmonton and Ev became a Dietary Clerk at the Misericordia Hospital, a job she loved and remained at for a number of years. During this time, the relationship with her husband ended. In 1979 Ev remarried and remained married to Willard until he passed away in 2010. They enjoyed a number of different homes over the years. In 1993 their final move together was to their home at Buffalo Lake where they fixed it up, planted trees, flowers, the garden, and had horses. They loved the country and made a lot of friends in the community. Over the years they had two little dogs they loved and doted over, first was Buttons and second was SuzieQ.

After SuzieQ passed away in 2014, Ev moved to Beaumont and lived there until moving to Leduc in 2022. Ev passed away in hospice at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Edmonton.

Over the years Ev came to love Hawaii and travelled there a number of times to see and stay with her youngest daughter. She loved the trade winds, feeding the ducks, sitting on the beach, and watching the sunsets.


Ev had a phenomenal memory including remembering events down to minute details back as early as being 3 years old. It was well known within the circle of family and friends that if a person wanted to know when someone was born or got married etc. all they had to do was ask Ev. Right up to her passing she shared time with her great grandson and recalled dates in 1951 with him.

Ev had a deep personal and private relationship with God and prayed for many family members and friends over the years. It is this deep connection and faith that supported her in not having any fear regarding her passing and knowing that she would be with those she loved dearly, particularly her husband, grandson, and brother.

Ev was very quick witted and had a great sense of humor and this remained with her even in her final days. She shared her wit and laughs with many friends, including those dear to her in Hawaii.


Ev enjoyed many activities during her life including being part of the United Church Women’s Group, knitting, crocheting, sewing, bowling, playing cards with her favorite games being crib, stupid, whist, and canasta. She also enjoyed the casino and playing the penny slots in Las Vegas, walking, nature, filling the bird feeders and watching the hummingbirds, camping, attending seniors’ dinners, gardening, and keeping up on Facebook.

Ev was an excellent cook and particularly loved cooking when the vegetables were fresh from her garden. Eating her warm baked bread, buns, or cinnamon buns directly from the oven was always a treat. She was also an avid reader, reading many books over the years relating to many different topics and stories.


Immediate and extended family meant the world to Ev. She loved it when they came home whether it was a visit or to celebrate birthdays or holidays, she always enjoyed their time together and would serve a delicious meal.


One of the greatest gifts Ev has given this world during her time here has been one of connecting with people and creating friendships. An example of that is Ev met her best friend when they were 4 years old, and they remained friends throughout her whole life.

Wherever Ev lived during the many moves that occurred in her life, she established friendships and maintained those relationships throughout her life.


Ev had chosen cremation and requested no service be held except for a gathering of the placement of her ashes. There will be two gatherings held.

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023 @ 1:30 p.m.

Buffalo Lake Community Cemetery   


Saturday, September 9th @ 12:30 p.m.

Swan Valley Cemetery, Kinuso


While Ev was in the Leduc Hospital, with her sense of humor, she commented on the shape of the furniture e.g., the big reclining chair used for palliative patients had a big hole in it and the bedside tray table would not move easily because the wheels weren’t working properly. She suggested that when people passed on, they should request donations be made to buy new items for the hospital.

In honoring her suggestion and in memory of Ev, if you would like to donate to the Leduc Hospital Unit 31, the following is a direct link for donations. You are more than welcome to be very specific about what you would like your donation to be used for …. Lol   

Ways to Donate



  1. Denise

    I wrote a long story about Ev and it was messed up. Oh well. It was an honour to know her and discover that I knew Lloyd and that she knew my family from Northern Manitoba
    I kept in touch with her when I was in Edmonton. Beautiful lady and enjoyed the story of her interesting journey and accomplishments and love she unconditionally shared. Deepest condolences to all the families and friends she touched. Love to you all

  2. Dianne

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. I enjoyed the times we spent togther over the past few years reminiscing when I came out to visit.

  3. Shannon Ellis

    Thank you Darlene for this bio on your Mom, very well written, I loved it. My mom and myself are thinking of you all, we loved Ev and will miss her. I will always remember your mom for her cute sense of humor.
    Shannon Ellis

  4. Donna

    Sending warm thoughts and prayers for all the family, I remember your mom as Auntie Ev and she always welcomed us to her home when we were growing up in Warburg. She touched many lives with her wit, sense of humour and in sharing her stories of the past.
    Donna (nee Stevenson)

  5. Margie Zeilstra & Glady

    Auntie Ev will be missed dearly. She was always very sharp in what she remembered. I loved her for that. I’m sorry that mom & I couldn’t get to Canada for a final goodbye, but we were at least able to FaceTime when she was in the hospital. It’s so hard to be so far away from everyone. Love & miss everyone dearly.

  6. Bo Irvine

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom. I will hold the memories we shared together so close to my heart. Traveling around Canada and Hawaii, gambling, playing cards and going to Las Vegas shows. Sending my deepest Aloha to Darlene, Ken and Wanda. ❤️

    • Joyalisonshipp@gmail.com

      Wanda, Darlene, and Ken my deepest condolences to you all
      during this difficult time. Your mother was always kind to me an I am grateful I had an opportunity to know her. Sending lots of love and light.

      Ali Shipp

  7. Vivian Chenard

    Thinking of you Wanda, Darlene and Ken during this time. Sending heartfelt condolences your way. Your mom was an amazing women, strong and always cheerful. She opened her door to me and always felt accepted in her presence. She had a well lived life, she is safe and at peace. Memories will hold forever. Sincerely Vivian C

  8. Deb Noden

    “… Friends Forever …”
    With deepest sympathy and love.
    Kay and Family

  9. Shelley

    Auntie Ev I’ll miss you. I cherish the memories we had together. I’ll miss the stories you used to tell. You always remembered my birthday. Thinking of Darlene, Ken and Wanda during this difficult time. I also know that Dad and Mom miss you as they spent a lot of time with you. With all my love Shelley.

  10. Darlene Kerekes

    Blessings ALL!
    Thank you for the warm, kind, and loving words each of you has posted, both in rememberance of Mom and in support to Ken, Wanda, and myself. Mom would have been deeply touched by your Heart felt words.
    Love and Blesssings
    Darlene Kerekes

    • Debby Erickson

      Darlene. DEBBY (Anderson) Erickson. Just came across this when I was in FB. I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a lovely lady and she and my Mom phoned each other quite often Mom passed oct 11/21
      And Dad passed sept 9/23
      Missing them so much
      Would love to hear from you
      All the best Debby

  11. Kevin, Rudy and family

    Our sincere condolences to all of the family near and far. Very fond memories of Auntie Ev over the years. Sending love from the Nachtigal family.

  12. Sonia Wedderburn

    Condolences to the family.
    Ev was a great person, loving, kind, and compassionate,
    She is one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

  13. Lorna

    Our heart goes out to all of Ev’s family and friends.

    Over the many years we have known Darlene, Ken, and Wanda we have had the privilege of meeting and cultivating a deep friendship with Ev.

    We always enjoyed Ev’s company and appreciated her kindness, wit and gentle nature. Sharing topics and interests in common brought us closer and closer together. Ev knew Andy’s mother from school days in Kinuso. Storytelling of olden days on the farm was a common topic of conversation between Ev and Lorna.

    In more recent times, changes led to even stronger ties.

    Thank you Ev…for the many talks, shared wisdom and most of all, the joy you brought to our lives and continue to bring – in memory and spirit.

    Lorna & Andy


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