EVELYN ALMA KURBIS (nee Bitner)
Born September 2, 1925, Biggar, Sask.
Died December 28, 2014, Vernon, BC
Evelyn left us peacefully for her eternal Home almost 19 years to the day that her beloved husband, Bill, had gone before her.
After early childhood years on their farm near Biggar, Sask., her family moved to the Vernon area in 1936 due to the hardships of The Depression. As the eldest child at 11 years old, she was already working many hours shoulder to shoulder with her own mother and siblings both for themselves and for others to help their father re-establish a viable farming life in the Coldstream and the BX. Following her schooling in Vernon and Armstrong, she met and on April 7, 1947, married Bill Kurbis, a returning WW II vet and new employee at the Vernon Post Office. They made their home in Vernon where Mom continued to toil tirelessly in various jobs to add needed income for their young family as well as carrying out all the domestic chores necessary to raise four children. Just as it had been with her own upbringing, times were hardworking but always made for a happy, harmonious home.
Before and then after their kids grew up and left home, Mom was volunteering whatever spare time she had left towards many good and charitable causes including first and foremost within their church congregations where she often played various key roles. Although their eventual time of “retirement” together was cut shorter than hoped, the few such years that Mom and Dad were able to finally spend with some leisure were full and happy ones that also entailed some memorable travel and new experiences. Doubtless though was their favourite pastime of caring for and doting upon their numerous grandchildren.
The last several years of Evelyn’s life were spent continuing to unselfishly support not only family but also people with all kinds of needs from both near and far relationally and geographically. Throughout her time on this earth, Mom very seldom complained but rather emphasized gratitude for whatever it was that one may have had and to share. Such lessons were more often than not taught through her own living example. To the very end, she was considerate, compassionate, and most loving.
Her parents, Emil and Olga Bitner, her brother, Ed Bitner, and her husband, Wilfred (“Bill”) Kurbis, predeceased Evelyn. She is survived by her brother, Elmer (Vina) Bitner, and her sisters, Wilma Davis and Sharon (William) Zatkovich. Her legacy lives on through her own immediate family:
Son, Ken Kurbis (Nancy); grandson, Andrew (Kari), great-grandson, Thomas; and grandson, David;
Son, Rod Kurbis (Agnes); grandson, Philip (Manu), great-granddaughters Emma and Lia; grandson, Ryan (Sasha), great-grandson, Oliver, and great-granddaughter, Annika;
Daughter, Sarah (Paul) Stack; grandson, Luke (Chantal) Stack and granddaughter, Danielle (Troy) Corbin; and,
Son, Bob (Melissa); granddaughter, Nicole (Craig) Abbott, great-grandsons, Robert and Sam and great-granddaughter, Bryn; grandson, Ben (Staci); and granddaughter, Meghan (Nick).
“Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better.” 1 John 4:7
If desired, donations honouring Evelyn can be made to either of:
The Street Outreach Program of the Vernon Family Church
3508 – 25th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S1
Alzheimer’s Society of BC – North Okanagan Chapter
3402 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1P3
A Memorial Service will be held for Evelyn at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 9th, 2015, at:
Vernon Family Church, 3508 – 25th Avenue, Vernon, BC
Arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.
5605 – 27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 8Z5