OBITUARY

Leonora "Jeanne" Eveleigh

10 August , 19308 March , 2019
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Leonora “Jeanne” Rhodes Eveleigh died suddenly but peacefully in her residence at Hollandview Trail Retirement Community in Aurora, Ontario, on March 8, 2019, with her daughter Karen by her side. She was 88 years old.

Jeanne is survived by her five children, Katharine Eveleigh (Cliff Smiley) of Calgary; Nancy Eveleigh Browne (Richard Browne) of Aurora; Karen Eveleigh of Toronto; Michael Eveleigh (Karen) of Aurora; and Rex Eveleigh (Mary Colleen Costello) of Aurora. She also leaves eleven grandchildren, Claire, Sam and Regan Smiley; Shaun, Adrienne and Liam Browne; Meagan, Darcy and Duncan Eveleigh; MacIsaac and Lucinda Eveleigh; and one great-grandchild, Rowan Smiley. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband, Herbert (“Bert”) Eveleigh of Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Elliot Lake, Ontario; her parents David and Minnie Rhodes of Toronto; her sister Katharine (“Kitty”) Harris and brother Berkley Rhodes both of Toronto.

Jeanne was born on August 10, 1930, in Toronto, the youngest of three children and the only one born in Canada following the family’s emigration from England. She spent most of her childhood in Toronto, Bowmanville and Montreal.

Jeanne was a vivacious and outgoing young woman who made friends easily. She met the love of her life while they both worked during fun-filled summers in Algonquin Park, Jeanne on the front desk at Highland Inn and Bert working as a fishing guide. The young couple married on October 25, 1952, in Toronto, where they set up house and started a family. Over the next several years, Jeanne and Bert welcomed the first four of their children, moving to the northern Ontario towns of Kapuskasing, Cochrane, and South Porcupine before heading back to Bert’s home province of Newfoundland (living in Grand Falls and Botwood) for a couple of years. It was there that Jeanne, the quintessential Toronto girl, baked bread in a wood fuelled oven, shooed farm animals out of her yard, and figured out how to survive Newfoundland winters without central heating. A move back to Toronto followed this east coast “adventure” until the call of northern Ontario beckoned again. The family of six re-located to Timmins, before finally settling in Elliot Lake in 1964, where youngest son Rex was born. Although Elliot Lake quickly became “home”, Jeanne’s resilience, creativity and independence were certainly forged during those early challenging years of setting up numerous homes and caring for a large young family.

Jeanne was widowed in 1974 at the young age of 44, left alone to raise five children between the ages of 10 and 21. Her children remember her proudly as a caring and patient mother who continued a lengthy and rewarding career with Denison Mines Limited as an executive assistant. Her capacity for forging great friendships supported her throughout this time, as well as her involvement in several community organizations in Elliot Lake: Girl Guides of Canada, The Elliot Lake Figure Skating Club, Big Brothers and Sisters of Canada, and the Canadian Cancer Society. Jeanne moved back to Toronto with Denison Mines in 1990 before eventually retiring to the town of Aurora in 1995. She embraced retirement with her usual zest, joining book and dinner clubs, playing bridge, and finally doing some travelling to Europe and the Caribbean. Jeanne was thrilled to be surrounded by four of her children and their growing families in Aurora and Toronto, and to be able to visit and entertain the Calgarians regularly. Family had always been her priority (with everyone gathered for Chinese food being a particular joy). She was also passionate about life’s simple pleasures ---- long walks, swimming, autumn leaves, local art, a good book, music and theatre, a glass of wine. Jeanne will also be endearingly remembered for her strong opinions and love of lively conversation.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South in Aurora. Friends and family will be received starting at 10:00 AM until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 AM, with a reception to follow. An online condolence page and directions may be found at www.thompsonfh-aurora.com. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. The family would like to sincerely thank the caring staff at Hollandview Trail Retirement Community for their warmth and dedication to Jeanne, and to Jeanne’s long-time family physician Dr. N. Siraj for her compassionate care.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Saturday, 16 March , 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, 16 March , 2019
  • Reception to follow service Saturday, 16 March , 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Memorial Donations
REMEMBERING

Leonora "Jeanne" Eveleigh

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Gail Stewart-Grant

20 March 2019

Hello Rex and family. It seems like a lifetime ago when we were in School in Elliot Lake. I was very sorry to see that you lost your lovely mum. I read your mums obituary and was so impressed with her life and the things I did not know about you. She sounded like a remarkable woman. I hope all your happy memories give you and your family comfort. I am thinking of you at this very sad time. Gail and Ross

Susan Cummings (May)

19 March 2019

Sending love and hugs to all. I have very fond memories of Aunt Jeanne.

Sharon Doner

19 March 2019

Karen
So sorry to read of the passing of your Mom. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family. You will miss spending time with her.

Sharon Doner

margaret Lyons (Isaac)

18 March 2019

I am so sorry that such a wonderful woman has passed away. She was a lovely person She had the best smile.

After my mother died we kept in touch with Christmas cards until a couple of years ago.

My mother Olive Isaac thought the world of her. I noticed a couple of pictures of my mother and other Elliot Lake women in the video tribute. They were such happy time for those women They were ahead of their time as career women when women didn't have such high profile jobs.

I'm sure the family and many friends will miss her. Such a shinning light.

Margaret Isaac (|Lyons)

Lynne Charbonneau

15 March 2019

Extending my heartfelt sympathies to Jeanne's beautiful family. The world has lost a remarkable lady. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Jeanne at Denison Mines in Elliot Lake and my life was so enriched with her friendship throughout the years.

Sharing your tremendous loss.

Lynne Charbonneau


Julie Welch

14 March 2019

Katherine, Nancy, Karen, Michael and Rex - I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom!! We had so many laughs together in the Head Office of Denison Mines downtown Toronto that I could hardly wait to get into work!! I enjoyed hearing about all of you over the years. She was a wonderful friend to me so I can only imagine what a great Mom you all had!! Thinking of you all at this very sad time.

William Wallace

14 March 2019

Rex, Kathy, Nancy, Karen, and Michael - so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I know how much you kids meant to her, and her to you. My relationship with her was, well, 'interesting', and I enjoyed engaging with her - often on a birthday call. She, much like my mother Jean, was a force to be reckoned with, and one that I'm sure will be missed.

Blessings to you all and your families.

Much love,

William Wallace

Colin Benner

14 March 2019

Irma and I would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family on
the passing of Jeanne. We have fond memories of Jeanne not only
from our worked related days at Denison Mines but also seeing her on
ocassion socially. Our thoughts are with you, Colin K. Benner

Sue Henry

11 March 2019

It was always so wonderful watching my Mom and your Mom, two old school chums and long time friends, enjoy each other's company. We thought of Jeanne as a member of the Henry family, our Auntie Jeanne. I know they are together again and planning some fabulous event. Sending love and condolences to all the Eveleigh family. Hugs from Sue, Chris and Haily

Ingrid Hann

11 March 2019

We are deeply saddened to learn of Jeanne's passing. Our fond memories of Jeanne extend to our Denison Mines days in Elliot Lake, followed by enjoyable visits when we resided in Aurora over a five year period. We've always known Jeanne for the extraordinary lady she was, for her courage, determination, high values and her love for her wonderful family. She excelled at everything she touched, professionally and personally, and was always ready to share a good laugh. She will be missed and our condolences are extended to all of her family and friends. Ingrid and Ivan

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