January 1, 1930 – January 3, 2020
It is with heavy hearts we say farewell to our dear Mom, Grandma and Great-grandma Amanda Eleanore Epp on January 3, 2020 at the age of 90.
Amanda was born January 1, 1930 during a New Years Eve snowstorm in Speers, Saskatchewan. Amanda arrived safely into this world by the loving hands of her Grandmother, as the Doctor was lost in the storm.
Amanda spent the last 40 years living in Kenora after stops in Saskatoon, Armstrong, and Winnipeg. Amanda will be deeply missed by all her family and friends, especially Ernie her husband of 68 years.
Amanda unable to have her own children she and Ernie lovingly opened their hearts and home adopting three children. Amanda is also survived by her sons Gregory (Neva), Derrick (Barb), and daughter Jane (Robert).
Amanda spent countless hours doing puzzles and playing Rummoli, Cribbage, Sorry, and Scrabble with her grandchildren Heather (Dylan), Cory, Tina (Christopher), Christopher (Mabel), Brandon, Jenny (Jerry), Richard, Nicholas (Anne) and Giada (Jay). Amanda was also blessed with four beautiful great grand children Emma, Peyton, Landon and Hazel. Amanda had a special place in her heart for her nieces and nephews with whom she loved as her own.
Her love for music started at a very young age. She played piano for her church choir and taught piano to budding musicians. Christmas never went by without carols and hymns being sung with Amanda playing the piano and harmonizing with her beautiful alto voice. She was sure to make your favourite treat when she knew when you were coming for a visit. Her whipped shortbread and peanut butter square were a favourite of many. Amanda was not a big risk taker but at 65 she pierced her ears and took up golf. Amanda’s love for numbers led her to careers at the Imperial Bank of Canada, H & R Block, Standard Reality, Husky and Russell A. Woods Surveying.
Amanda is predeceased by her loving grandson and guardian angel Jeffery, her parents (Helen, Peter and Cornelius), sister (Irmgard), two brother-in-laws (Rueben and Bill), sister-in-law (Irene), nephews (Harley and Steve) and great niece (Tamara).
Amanda may you rest in peace in the loving arms of your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
Our family would like to thank all the caring staff at Pinecrest who assisted our mom live her final years with dignity and grace.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pinecrest Home or Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation.
In accordance with Amanda’s wishes there will be a private graveside service and internment in the fall.
Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com
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Russell & Suzanne Woods
January 13, 2020
Our sympathy to the family and friends of dearest Amanda. We feel badly that we couldn't have done more to help these past many years.
We have so many memories of Amanda. She worked at Russell A. Woods Surveying with Russell and "the boys" for some time. She was so exacting in her work. We still chuckle about the fuss and change of protocol which had to take place when petty cash was out 25 cents. Thank goodness the culprit was found to be Russell. Although that didn't excuse the infraction as far as Amanda was concerned. By the time Amanda retired, we felt she and Ernie were part of the family. When Suzanne's mother Hilda moved to Kenora as a senior, Amanda stepped in to become a friend. She also reached out to Carla, the widow of one of the long time survey technician employees, when he passed away leaving a young family. When we retired and were deciding where to move that would be out of the winter weather of Kenora, we asked Ernie and Amanda if they would move to Kelowna if we moved there. Amanda's mother and sister lived there as well as Greg and family I believe. We thought that with this little push they might decide it was a good idea. Amanda seemed to think it might work but with hesitation. And a few conversations with Ernie let us know that he was not up to that much change at that time in his life. In remembering these things we also realize how great it was that Amanda and Ernie were honoured with an anniversary party at HoHo's. It was very appreciated by the guests of honour in their humble way.
Much love to all,
Suzanne and Russell Woods
January 9, 2020
Aunt Amanda was my favourite aunt.
She has been in my memory all the way back the earliest. She taught us kids to play scrabble when my sister and I were 5 years old.
She reminded me so much of Grandma Dursken. The same calm, loving and generous demeanor.
Amanda has been such loyal friend to our family all these years. She & Ernie were almost a fixture at Mom & Dad's place even though they lived thousands of miles away.
I am so sorry that she is gone and will never forget her.
Love (Cory) Cornel Reuben Epp
January 9, 2020
When my late husband Harley and I would visit Aunt Amanda and Uncle Ernie in their home, Amanda was always so gracious and kind. She always smiled and we so enjoyed her delicious meals and warm hospitality. My condolences to Ernie and all family for loss of such a beautiful lady.
Diane and Nick VanderZande
January 8, 2020
Ernie and family
Our deepest sympathies in the loss of Amanda. We always enjoyed our visits. She was always so welcoming and friendly.
Nick and Diane VanderZande
January 4, 2020
Expressing sincere condolences to Ernie and the rest of the family. May you find God's comfort and strength in remembering the joy Amanda brought to you all. (Previously) Chaplain Robert Wittmeier