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E. Evelyn Canning

March 3, 1916January 8, 2020

E. Evelyn Canning, 103, of Lehigh Acres passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020. She was born in Hazenmore, Saskatchewan, Canada to Harry and Sara Whiteley. She came to the United States when she was 5 years old. She attended schools in Kezar Falls, Maine and Woodland, Maine. She graduated from Corina Union Academy in 1933 and then graduated from Farmington Teachers College in 1937. Evelyn taught for one year in Bar Harbor, Maine and three years in Wells, Maine high schools. She then went to Penn State to become a dietician. She did her internship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore and Mass General in Boston. She worked on staff at Mass General, Deaconess Hospital and New England Hospital in Boston. Evelyn married Horace Canning in 1946 and moved to Nevada where she worked at Washoe Medical Center for 18 ½ years. They moved to Lehigh Acres in 1972 where she joined Christ United Methodist Church. There she ushered at the first service, helped put out the monthly paper called “Good News” and worked the semi-annual rummage sales. She was a former secretary and president of the New England Club and did volunteer work at the Senior Center. She enjoyed walking her dog and playing bridge.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Barbara Woldridge of Lehigh Acres and her son, Gerald Canning of Cape Coral; grandchildren: Eric, Cristi, Troy and Brian, several great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Horace in 1992 and her sister, Doris Corliss in 2019. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Christ United Methodist Church 1430 Homestead Road N. in Lehigh Acres. She will be buried next to her husband at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery.


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E. Evelyn Canning

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