Evelyn Hila (Ferlin) Warlo
May 5, 1915 – May 15, 2010
Evelyn Hila Warlo was the daughter of Thomas and Emma (Flieder) Ferlin who emigrated from Montana to Central Alberta in 1900. Evelyn was born on the family farm in the Ellice community. She was the 8th child in a family which included 3 sons and 6 daughters. Her father died when she was very young but her widowed mother persevered and successfully raised her family through difficult years, some of which were during the Great Depression.
In 1933, at the peak of the depression, Evelyn married Hans Warlo who had emigrated as a youth from Norway. They began life on a rented farm, then moved in 1941 with their 3 young children to British Columbia where they spent challenging but enjoyable years living in Enderby, Lone Butte, and, lastly, Kelowna where a 4th child was born. In 1946 they returned to Alberta and purchased a farm west of Rutherford School. Two more children joined the family and in time a number of foster children. Throughout those years, the family attended the Ellice Free Methodist Church and made many wonderful church and community friends.
In 1974 Evelyn and Hans retired to Ponoka where they spent many enjoyable retirement years. Hans passed away in 1994 and several years later, in 2002, Evelyn moved to Rimoka Lodge and then in 2009 to her final residence, Northcott Care Centre.
Evelyn’s name means “full of life” and the words certainly did portray the person she was.
She was an adventurer and enjoyed life wherever she lived. All who knew her were amazed at what she could accomplish in a day. To the very end she maintained a remarkable sense of humour and lived to celebrate her 95th birthday before going to be with the Lord on May 15.
Evelyn was predeceased by her husband Hans, son Bernard, daughter June Semmler, grandson, Matthew Rank, brothers Ernest, Albert (Grace), Norman (Velma), sisters Mary (Dewey) Hale, Mable (Steve) Rusnack, Elsie (Richard) Lindsay, Emma (Leslie) Bell, Jean (Ralph) Mitchell and Louise (Ira) Johnson. She leaves to celebrate and remember her life daughters Joyce (Peter) Stryker, Carol (Ron) Sellers, Lori (Frank Whitworth) Browning, son Gordon, son-in-law Gary (Evelyn) Semmler,10 grandchildren: Mark, Sheri, Kevan, Rodrick, Kent, Trina, Diane, Stacey, Timothy and Christa, 19 great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
A service of remembrance and celebration will be held at the Ponoka Funeral Home on Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at the Ellice Free Methodist Cemetery.
The family wishes to express appreciation to all those at both Rimoka and Northcott who provided her with wonderful care during her final few years and also to the doctors and nurses for their excellent medical care. Thanks also to each one who took the time to visit and brighten her days. Finally, thanks to all who offered condolences and support to the family during their time of bereavement.
Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home
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