It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that the family of Evelyn Rayman announces her passing on June 26, 2017. Evelyn passed away peacefully in her home with her son Marty and daughter-in-law Lori by her side.
The funeral service was held July 2, 2017 at the Congregation Etz Chayim, with interment at B'nai Abraham Cemetery. The pallbearers were Marc Raymond, Slayden Adleman, Alan Shell, Andrew Kaplan, Earl Glinter and Joel Dudeck.
Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, Max and Bessie Shell, her husband of 49 years, Bennie Rayman, aunt and uncle, Ida and Irv Klasser, aunt Rose Shapiro, uncle and aunt George and Gertie Klasser, sister-in-law Sylvia Pollock, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joey and Evelyn Raymond, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean and Maurice Adleman, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Reene and Jack Yaren.
Evelyn is survived by her son Marty (Lori), daughter Karla (Eugene) Marks, granddaughter Lana (Doug) Pulver, granddaughter Kerri (Rob) Chetner, great-grandchildren, Bennie, Chloe, Max and Lola, brother Eddie (Rose) Shell, as well as many nephews and nieces. Evelyn was blessed to live a long and full life. She was a homemaker while Dad worked in his business enterprises in both the personal care home and restaurant industries.
From the early 1950s until Dad's passing in 1990, the family enjoyed the cottage at Winnipeg Beach during the summers. The Sunday night barbeques with the Adlemans and the Shells were legendary. From 1976 until 1980, the family enjoyed being active members of the Royal Manitoba Yacht Club. From 1980 until 1983, the family continued boating at the Redboine Boating Club.
Mom and Dad travelled the world and wintered in Palm Springs, California from 1973 until 1990. After Dad's passing, Mom continued going to Palm Springs until 2008.
When her husband Bennie passed away in 1990, Evelyn exhibited immense strength of character. She continued to be a strong, vibrant, dynamic and fiercely independent woman until dementia progressively took hold and affected her.
Evelyn had a very extraordinary bond with her brother Eddie Shell. They could have not have been closer. She also enjoyed a unique relationship with her sister-in-law Jean and brother-in-law Maurice Adleman whom were business partners for 40 years. Mom was well respected and had many lifelong friendships.
Mom was very stylish and very much into fashion. She always took great pride in her appearance, always being perfectly attired, and never a hair out of place. She was affectionately referred to as "the blonde bombshell".
In later years while in Palm Springs, Evelyn's artistic talents emerged. Evelyn was a gifted sculptor and made many beautiful pieces of art work. She was a lifelong avid majong player and enjoyed her weekly games with her friends.
Family was very important to Mom. She always had family in her home during holidays, and always provided lots of her food and baking. Mom enjoyed yiddish kite and took pride in observing our traditions. Mom was a life supporter of B'nai B'rith as well as Hadassah-Wizo.
The family cannot adequately express our sincere, heartfelt appreciation to Mom's wonderful caregivers over the last number of years. Elizabeth, Tess, Ligaya and Marlyn cared for Mom with true love and compassion. They greatly elevated Mom's quality of life.
Mom's passing leaves a huge void in our lives. We will strive to honour her blessed memory. Although she is gone, she will remain forever in our hearts.
If so desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2, (204) 943-6622, or a charity of one's choice.