Evelyn Venora Perreira Wallace
17 May, 1931 – 19 April, 2021
Evelyn Venora Perreira Wallace was born May 17, 1931, in Georgetown, Guyana to Lillian Emily Thyme and Francis Perreira Vincent. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 19, 2021, at the age of 89 in Victoria, BC. She is survived by her 5 children, Raymond (Joy), Daniel (Patsy), Edgar (Yushy), Brian, Joy (Christer). In her 90 years, she was a grandmother to 13 grandchildren (Duane, Deanne, Nigel, Bert, Sacha, Trisha, Natasha, Rudi, Celine, Zeinel, Lilianna, Tatiana and Andreas) and 9 great grandchildren (Daniel, Ryan, Nathan, Micah, Isabel, Izaac, Aasha, Zavier and Kai).
Evelyn was the second eldest of 9 children and is survived by 5 of her siblings whom she loved deeply. Evelyn married her husband Edgar Wallace on January 22, 1950. He passed away in 1995. Both were teachers in Guyana before moving to Canada in 1981, where she had a second career as a nurse aid. Evelyn was a blessing to, and was blessed by, her loving extended family. She helped raise her grandchildren and great grandchildren travelling across North America and the Caribbean supporting her family until settling in Victoria, BC.
Evelyn was deeply loved by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never shied away from providing wise advice and counsel and was a strong principled woman. Her unwavering commitment and love for her family was only matched by her devotion and faith to her saviour Jesus Christ, with whom she now resides in glory, joining her beloved husband, Edgar. She was predeceased by her grandson, Duane and daughter-in-law, Lolita. Her family holds the hope and faith to see her again surrounded in the love and peace of Jesus.
A funeral service will be held at Oceanview Burial Park, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby at 12:30 p.m on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. An "In Memory" donation under the name Evelyn Wallace can be made by phone at 1877-882-2582 or online at: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/
Evelyn Venora Perreira Wallace
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5 May 2021
Edward [Eddie] Ramsammy, UK, 05 May 2021.
To God be the Glory.
I became acquainted with Evelyn Wallace, Sister Wallace, through the attendance of the church at East Street, Georgetown, Guiana and I got to know her children, especially, at that time, the toddler, lovely Joy.
Her photograph, which I assume was taken just before her passing, is so remarkably different to the person I knew many decades ago.
How very greatly different she looks compared to the last occasion I actually saw her which, if I remember correctly, was when I took her and her husband to the funeral of a mutual friend, Samuel Cockfield at Victoria. I had also taken her, Raymond, Joy and Edgar to the Airport when Raymond departed Guyana to study Medicine.
I remember her as a friendly, outgoing person, an intelligent, practising Christian lady with a winsome smile. After a Sunday evening Gospel meeting at East Street, she approached me and said ‘’you spoke with great power’’ and I always remember what she said to me. to this day. I felt very humbled that Sister Wallace took the trouble of addressing me personally.
I am very glad and honoured to be able to pay tribute, in remembrance of an exceptional lady Evelyn Wallace. I am sure she will be missed and mourned by her family and friends but, this should also be a celebration of her life.
2 May 2021
My profound condolences to all surviving families of my beloved sister and Angel who’s now resting peacefully in Heaven with Jesus I always continue to remember how she saved my life by her quick thoughtfulness and love for others especially me. I recall her last words to the campers in my dorm to run quickly and fetch a spoon before slipping into unconsciousness without having a clue then as to why the spoon and why I woke up to pain in my groin with my body shivering faster than a quaking earth and my jaws shattering violently as though to chew my tongue up.Some while after I woke up to find myself being rescued by my God sent Angel again from a very sick patient they brought in to share the same private room at Prashad Nagar hospital in 1976. My Angel requested the nurse to remove me immediately to a safe bed/room. She was indeed more than a Good Samaritan. She was a significant part of a great miracle. Medically speaking I was not supposed to be out of hospital alive unlike many who died at an earlier stage of tetanus. It behoves me As long as I live to remember my Angel since etched in my heart The Lord giveth and taketh. Blessed be His name. May her blessed soul rest peacefully in Jesus forever
PS: working on a musical tribute to my Angel
1 May 2021
I have so many fond memories of my dear Aunty Evelyn. I bonded with my aunt when she entrusted her one month old baby girl with a teenager who had just finished high school. She had to return to her teaching job and I did not have a 'job' yet. That was a risk she took but it started a relationship that ended with a last telephone conversation for over an hour the last day she was able to communicate well. We seemed to have followed one another between continents and what a beautiful journey it was.
I watched a memory video of Aunty Evelyn and in most of the pictures she had a baby in her hand, or feeding them , pushing a stroller, bathing the baby and more. She was there for all of us when babies were born. She just had a knack with babies or kids on the whole - well always a teacher of course.
So she came to my home when my two kids were born and those of you who remembered some East Indian tradition, you may remember that parents make 'Hallwah" and roti for the nine day celebration. There was no celebration with invited guests as they would do back in the villages in Guyana when a baby was born...it was just us. My aunt never ever made anything like that and for the first time she tried to make HALLWAH ( like a thick flour porridge with indian spices - and ginger) . We found some of the ingredients in Calgary and oh what a treat she prepared. She did it just for me. In our last conversation we reminisced about that and she said " girl, I didn't kill you when I made Hallwah for the first time", to which I replied " I did not kill your month old daughter either". And we had such a hearthy laugh.
I will miss her dearly...those chats for laughs..RIP Aunty Evelyn. We love you. Hugs to all the children and extended families.
30 April 2021
Sincere condolences, kind thoughts and prayers from the Boxhills. We embrace and grieve with you all.
30 April 2021
Raymond, Eddie, Daniel, Brian and Joy our deepest condolences to you all on the passing of your mom.
My memory of your mom is passing her almost every day on my way to and from QC on Lamaha street.
Thinking of you all as you lay your mom to rest.
May you be comforted knowing that she is now in the arms of her Lord.
Will be praying for comfort for you all.
Roddy Chung and family.
29 April 2021
To: Joy, Raymond, Daniel, Edgar, Brian, all your families and all the Wallace family deepest sympathies for the loss of your dear Mother, Evelyn may she Rest in Peace and shower blessings on you all. I am sure you know what a great lady your Mother was and she will be with you all in spirit always.
Thinking of you all at this very sad time Amanda and Luke Nauth xxxxx
27 April 2021
Grandma visited us in Atlanta for a couple of months when I was in first grade. One of my favourite memories from her visit was the time she spent helping me with my book report. Grandma, who could never leave her past in teaching, was invested in our schooling, and I was always so excited for her to come visit (besides the good food she could whip up). There was a two minute segment of my report where I had to act as one of the characters, and I chose to be the detective in my Poison Dart Frog Mystery book.
Grandma was ready with the stop watch and helped me practice for days on end so that I could ace my book report presentation. At times, I thought she was more invested in this report than me, and let me tell you, I was so excited for this project! Needless to say, my performance definitely warranted at least an Oscar nomination, but nothing beats spending those days in our basement, me dressed up as a detective, giggling about poison dart frogs with Grandma.