Evelyn Visser (née Bandstra)
January 5, 1953 – June 9, 2011
Early on Thursday, June 9, Evelyn passed away peacefully in Edmonton ending her battle with cancer. Her influence will live on through the many lives she touched. She is survived by her husband, Doug, her children, Wendell (Danielle), Janelle Herbert (Aaron), and Kevin, as well as by her grandchildren, Darren, Lisa, Tamara, Evie and Layne. She also leaves her mother, Anna; and siblings, John, Mark, Dianne, and Glenn along with their families. Evelyn, who grew up in Smithers, is predeceased by her father, Theo Bandstra, and nephew, Trevor Bandstra.
It was easy to love Evelyn. Perhaps it was because of the way she realized God’s grace, especially through all the people in her life. She unpretentiously gave back in every way. We miss her greatly. The challenge of living our daily lives without Ev will continue. The embracing care and support we receive continues to be, and is, a testament to the great community of friends and family of which we are a part. Thank you.
The memorial service took place in Edmonton at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church on June 13. Margaret Van Ginhoven reflected upon Evelyn’s life, highlighting her passion for flowers and gardening, in a message entitled “A Table in the Wilderness” based on Psalm 78:19-20, 23. Evelyn’s niece, Jenie Thai Nolan, sang an original song she composed for and about Evelyn called “Lady Flower” which began with the verse “Lady Flower, where did your petals go? I thought you’d keep them through the snow. I thought you’d have them ‘till you grew old.” It concluded with “Your seeds are grounded beneath these leaves; Lay down, Lady, lay down, your love is planted all around.” The service also included other prayers, songs, tributes, a power point, litany and eulogy. Refreshments followed in the fellowship hall and close friends and family gathered at Doug and Evelyn’s farm that evening. A large garden of flowers had been planted in front of the house and everyone was encouraged to come and visit and take home a bouquet in memory of Evelyn.