Obituary of Eva Brinkworth (nee Malette)
It is with profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Eva Jean Brinkworth (nee Malette) at Shawville hospital February 17, 2019 after a brief illness. Eva and her twin sister Edna were born May 02, 1927 at home in Portage du Fort, Quebec, the eldest children of Joseph and Beatrice (Manwell) Malette. Eva completed her nursing degree and worked at the Grace Hospital in Ottawa before marrying Howard Brinkworth (1928 – 1970) on January 27, 1951. She is survived by her brother, Ted, her sister Edna, her children Les (Sharon), Charlie (Cheryl), Stephen (Liz), Tom (late Ami), and JoAnn. Eva also leaves behind 14 loving grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Through her life, Eva used her training as a nurse and reached out with her care for others as she helped many of her family’s seniors during their late years in life, when they needed the help and compassion the most. Eva was predeceased by her husband Howard in 1970 and yet managed to raise five children on her own, as well as finding the time to pass on her affection, love and, quick-wit to her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Eva extended these special gifts to a wide range of nieces and nephews. For the past 15 plus years her daughter JoAnn lived with Eva helping with her care and of course managing to play a few games of cards in the evenings. Although she was small in stature, Eva’s love of friends, family and people in general, having a heart that burst with care and compassion, as well as a quick razor sharp wit made her larger than life itself and unforgettable to the folks she touched. She played piano and sang beautifully on stage, at weddings, in church, at family gatherings and, of course, around the kitchen table. She loved socializing and really enjoyed a good old kitchen party. Just two weeks before her passing she was singing along to songs and had a dance (at 91+) while her son played guitar. During her latter years her short term memory started to fail her however, her sense of humour, love of life and family, more than offset the challenges. Enjoying life, having fun and helping others could summarize some of Eva’s attributes however her willingness to give everyone she met a little gift will be remembered - a bit of her boundless love. It was her specialty and she was superb at it. One phrase can sum up and describe our mother and if you ask any one of her children the reply would be: She was AWESOME! She will be so terribly missed. In accordance with Eva’s wishes there will be no visitation or service. Eva adored babies and little children. In memory of Eva, donations can be made to the Pontiac Community Hospital Foundation - Obstetrics Department.
A Celebration of Life
Join us for a luncheon and share memories of a life that touched so many
April 20, 2019, 1 – 5 pm
Auberge de la Forêt 501 148 Rte Bryson, Quebec
If you are planning to be there - RSVP Les 819-647-3781
If you replied to the e-vite – no need to call.