A resident of the Morrisburg area, Evelyn Froats passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Sunday, June 26, 2016. She was 82.
Evelyn Theresa Doreen Froats was born on December 29, 1933, in Madawaska, Ontario, a small town just outside of Algonquin Park.
She was the fourth youngest of eight children born to John Patrick Charbot and Elizabeth O’Malley.
When she was six years old, her father and mother, Kay, Beatrice, John (aka “Jackie”), Florence, Evelyn, Bernadette, Caroline and Barbara Ann moved to a farm outside Cardinal where Evelyn’s father worked at Cardinal Starch and her mother continued to look after her large family as well as helping on the family farm.
After her father died, the family left the farm and moved into Cardinal.
Evelyn began her education in a one-room schoolhouse and later attended Benson Public School in Cardinal.
With the help of her mother she learned to play the piano by ear.
When she came of age to get a job, like a few of her older sisters, Evelyn followed in her father’s footsteps and began her career working at Canada Starch.
One day her sister Bernadette introduced Evelyn to Henry Froats, a handsome fellow who she had met coming off one of the boats.
They say it was love at first sight and from there a courtship developed and March 8, 1958, she and Henry united as husband and wife.
Evelyn decided to leave her job at Canada Starch to begin her true career as a housewife and devoted mother to five children – four daughters and a son.
As her children got older she began working part-time at Paquin’s Park Motel and later at Robinson’s Truck Stop to help with the family expenses.
Evelyn had many abilities and talents that she passed on to her children through the years such as her cooking and baking skills, crocheting and knitting skills, her talent for quilting. She made many beautiful quilts over the years.
She also had a green thumb when it came to gardening – her beautiful flower beds were proof of that.
She had a great passion for doing jigsaw puzzles, sitting patiently for hours working away at them.
She also loved being outdoors surrounded by nature always taking great pleasure in all it had to offer.
Earlier this year, Evelyn’s only son Allen died suddenly and was laid to rest next to his father in St. John’s Lutheran Church cemetery.
It was a difficult time for her entire family and soon afterwards her health began to falter.
Her large extended network of daughters, grandchildren and in-laws gave her their full support and on Sunday, June 26th she was called from this life to the next.
In her eulogy, delivered at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverside Heights, her eldest daughter spoke on behalf of the family and especially Evelyn’s four remaining daughters: “Mom’s knowledge and wisdom, her guidance, her love of and devotion to family – all of these combined have molded us into the women and moms we are today. She taught us how to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. She showed us how to pray, to never be afraid to ask God for help, that He is always there when we need him. She became our mentor, our confidante and our best friend.”
Evelyn is survived by her children Cathy Lozo (Willis) of Morrisburg, Doreen Froats (Mike Metcalfe) of Iroquois, Heather Graham (Jim) of Williamsburg and Rose Hitsman (Joe) of R.R#2 Brinston.
Dear sister of Caroline Trupp of Toronto and Barbara Ann Gould of Curve Lake.
Evelyn will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Jonathan, Tanya, Ashley, Christopher, Jessica, Octavia, Alannis and great-grandchildren Skylar, Hunter, Avery, Wyatt, Cheyenne and Jake.
She was predeceased by her husband Henry, her son Allen, her sisters Kathleen Dillon, Bernadette Charbot, Beatrice Killingbeck, Florence Hiltz and her brother Jack Charbot.
She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Riverside Heights, Thursday, June 30th at 3 p.m. Interment followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Riverside Heights. Pallbearers were Willis Lozo,
Donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.