February 8, 1945 – January 19, 2023
Evelyn Rose Graham Born February the 8th 1945 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. The youngest of the Elliott family’s six children. Evelyn later attended school in Moose Jaw, SK where she played the accordion and loved to draw. Evelyn moved to Saskatoon when she was a young lady to be closer to her four sisters. In Saskatoon her very first job was at the King George Hotel in catering, and eventually worked in fashion for Macy’s on 2nd Ave. Over the years she co-owned businesses with her husband, and provided leadership for several other local businesses such as Dena’s, Lesley’s, Her Seasons with Karen, and more. Ultimately it was raising her family and becoming an entrepreneur and Founder of Lingerie & Lace that she cherished most. Locations included Wildwood and later Lawson Heights Mall, with a franchise in Swift Current. When she launched Lingerie & Lace in the 1970's she was ahead of her time when it came to lingerie, swimwear and ready to wear. “Something Special for Someone Special” was the phrase she chose to market her business. All gift-wrapped in a gold box. She introduced some incredible designers to Saskatoon. She fitted countless people for their most important and special occasions: graduations, interviews, careers, weddings, parties, speeches and galas. Throughout the years she styled many amazing people from Provincial Premiers, and MLA’s to local business women and TV personalities. She loved coordinating fashion shows and events in the city, she partnered with a variety of venues and local modelling agencies, raising money throughout the years for several women’s groups and local charities. One of her most beloved charities was the annual Winter Coat Drive for the Women’s Shelter. She was also an avid member of the Cosmopolitan Club. During her years in business her passion became mentoring young women in learning the business of Retail. Not only was she everyone’s favorite go-to stylist in the city, she was also a very talented interior designer, and kept an impeccable home and yard. She always loved the innocence of babies and animals and was compelled to stop and greet each one she saw. She spoiled her pets which included a Shih Tzu, Pomeranian, Yorkie, Siberian Husky, Great Dane, and even a monkey named Chico! Our best memories of her will be her amazing dinners (sorry D), whether it was the holidays, or just a weeknight BBQ, she always went over the top. Those are the moments that all who knew her longest will cherish most. She passed away peacefully on January 19th 2023, after an arduous battle with kidney and heart disease. She is survived by her daughters; Jodie (Darren), and Jackie. Her loving sister; Joyce (Bill) and sister Georgina. Beloved Grandsons; Damion (April), Gage, Emmett and Noah. Adored Granddaughter Cacey and cherished, step children, nieces (especially Debbie, Sherri and Melanie), nephews, cousins and many special friends and relatives. She is predeceased by her father George Elliott, mother Maggie McLennan, siblings; Bruce, Edna and Margaret, husband Wayne, and nephew Richard. Our many thanks to the wonderful professionals and the amazing humans who cared for her in her final days. To honor her memory, please give generously to the Hospice at Glengarda. Always hug a puppy or a baby, and remember to “put your best foot forward” and girls “put your lipstick on!” A celebration of life to be held February 8, 2023 from 2-4. Please contact Jackie or Jodie for details. A memorial will be placed in Rotary Park Peace Plaza. “Say goodbye mummy”See more See Less
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