Lutwick (Sims), Evelyn Earleen – Of Elmsvale. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, Evelyn Earleen (Sims) Lutwick. Mom passed away peacefully on December 13, 2016 in Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital, Middle Musquodoboit, after a courageous battle with dementia for the past six years. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Rolland Osborne Lutwick, infant son, Robert, and her parents, Robert and Lena Sims.
Mom spent the last five months of her life at Braeside Home for Special Care, where she continued her nursing career in helping all staff with their various duties. When visiting her, we would often find her maneuvering her wheelchair alongside or behind them, offering advice or just wanting to hold their hand. Thank you to all of Braeside staff and residents for being so patient and loving towards Mom, and also to the staff of MVMH who were so compassionate and caring when she was hospitalized.
Born in 1930 in Windsor Mills, Que., Mom attended a private school at Stanstead, and received her RN diploma from Montreal General Hospital. She married Rolland on September 13, 1952 and spent the next 55 years of their married life in various locations including Menihek, Moncton and finally Middle Musquodoboit. Mom’s professional career not only included nursing, but she also took on the role as health administrator at MVMH. During her administration days she oversaw the construction of the new hospital which provides a great service to this small community to this day. Upon retirement, Mom continued to be active in many volunteer capacities (hospital auxiliary, Enterprisers and pianist for Riverside United Church). She loved to read books and regularly attended the Musquodoboit Valley Book Club and Seekers, where she enjoyed the discussions and socialization that came with these groups of people. Mom was never an avid shopper but she did enjoy her trips into Truro with her friend, Goldie Dickie. Mom and Goldie would often speak about these times and sharing a meal at the old Zellers restaurant.
Surviving are her children, Diana (Leonard) Day, Elmsvale; Karyn (Jim) Archibald, Berwyn, Alta.; Gary (Diane Redmond), Ottawa; Cathy (Charlie) Milner, Middle Musquodoboit; grandchildren, Christy (Greg), Lindsay (Waleed), Kim (Claude), Cody (Shannon), Curtis, Bradley (Amanda); great-grandchildren, Aiden Archibald, Madison, Thomas and Lana Lutwick.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Mom’s Life will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, downstairs in Middleton United Church, Middle Musquodoboit. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mom’s memory may be made to Musquodoboit Valley Health Foundation – Hospital or Braeside Home for Special Care.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
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