Evanne Branting

Evanne Branting

Evanne Branting, born Eva Ann Flemming Neal, passed away peacefully on January 1st 2017, after a short stay in Cowichan District Hospital. She was born on a small farm in Maidstone Saskatchewan on January 11th 1935, to Harry Neal and Edith (Stewart) Neal. She was predeceased by the love of her life Angus Branting on August 29th 2016, to whom she was married for 59 years. She lost her sister Helene McLeod on January 29th 1993, and brother Harry Neal on November 27th 2016. Evanne is survived by her four children and eight grandchildren including daughter Colleen – Jeffrey (Ashley), Kirsten & Alison Gellein; and sons David; Randy (Kathleen) – Joran & Danielle; and Gordon (Harminder) – Marcus, Lucas & Nicolas. She is also survived by her dynamic sister Elizabeth (Betty) Arnold of Victoria, brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Angus and Evanne raised their children in the house that they built in 1960 on George Street in Duncan. As a teenager, Evanne worked as an usherette at the Odeon Theatre in Duncan, then at Morrison Motors after graduating from Cowichan Secondary School in 1952. Evanne and Angus worked together to successfully operate two businesses for decades. She was a skilled seamstress, clothing her sisters and herself with fashionable attire including tailored coats, stride pants, dresses, and even a kilt. We always had custom Halloween costumes. Evanne was an avid curler as both skip of ladies’ teams and third for Angus, and she played bridge for many years. She volunteered for many organizations and drove countless teams to their games in the back of the station wagon. Evanne enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren in sporting activities including soccer, ball and ice hockey, fastball and baseball, golf, and curling. Mom and Dad enjoyed many motorhome trips and vacations including Flagstaff, Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Mexico, Hawaii, California, Nevada, and especially Skagit! Special thanks must be given to Doctor Nadine Robertson who provided extraordinary care, particularly since Dad passed last summer. We promised Mom that there would be no service or celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.


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