Hawkins – Olga Delia passed away November 29, 2010 in the Bulkley Lodge in Smithers with her family at her side at the age of 102 years.
Olga was born in Minnesota in 1908 to Dyer and Randa Overgaard but moved with her family to Rîchard, Saskatchewan in 1913. When she was 20 she went to Belbutte, Saskatchewan to go to work and this is where she met and married Clifford. She had her seven children in the Belbutte area. Six of them were born on the farm. Life was hard in those days and Olga made clothes and shoes for the kids out of second-hand materials. Food was in short supply, so any meat was canned and of course vegetables, fruit, etc. In 1959, they moved to Telkwa where they stayed with Lil and Roy Chick until Clifford was able to build their home there. Always busy canning, working at various jobs, they didn’t have time to be bored, stressed or to take a time out. Clifford passed away in 1975 and Olga stayed in Telkwa until moving to Pioneer Place about 1993 and then to the Lodge in 2005. In 2008, she celebrated her 100th birthday with lots of family and friends, even dancing on a table made for her by son-in-law Roy.
Olga is survived by her loving family, daughter Lillian (Roy) Chick of Smithers, son Douglas (Kelda) Hawkins of Smithers and daughter Sharon Solotwinski of Houston, sons-in-law George Marchildon of Smithers, Willie Boucher of Smithers, daughter-in-law Pearl Hawkins of Meota, Sask. She is also survived by 32 grandchildren, 78 great grandchildren and 29 great-great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Clifford, three daughters, Dorothy Evans, Irene Marchildon, Flora Boucher and her son Hubert, two grandchildren, Glen Chick and Patsy Mahood, three great grandchildren, Arthur Mahood, Baby Boy Evans and Marshall Boucher.
A funeral service was held in the Smithers United Church with Rev. A. Anderson officiating on Sat., Dec. 4, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Interment was in the Telkwa Cemetery beside her beloved husband Clifford. Memorial tributes to the Canadian Diabetes Association were requested as a tribute to Olga and can be made to P.O. Box 26331, Stn BRM B, Toronto, Ontario M7Y 4R1.
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