Our dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend fell asleep in death on Oct. 26, 2013. She passed away peacefully in her own home, while making herself a cup of tea. Eunice fought a courageous battle for so very long. Her strong faith in her God Jehovah sustained her even through the most difficult of times.
She was born in Burns Lake BC on Jan 19, 1949, the second oldest of 4 kids. It was love at first sight when she met her sweetheart Ian Lennie. They were married April 2, 1966 and had four children: first 2 boys, then 2 girls, just as they had hoped. As a stay-at-home mom, she was always busy. Among her endeavours, she enjoyed sewing, and once, after having to replace her sewing machine on short notice, she sewed 19 suits & dresses for her family in 5 days for an upcoming convention! She was also a student, taking correspondence at home & cooking classes at night. She played the accordion. She held baby showers & planned gatherings, often for groups of 50 or more in her own home. At times, she went to work tree planting. She volunteered at her kids’ school and in the public ministry work. Eunice was a very capable woman and was beautiful inside & out.
On October 10, 1981, when Eunice was 32, a drunk driver hit their family car. Her mother & firstborn son were killed, and she woke up from her coma over 3 months later. She’s been disabled since that day. It’s been noted that not many people could have dealt with it so gracefully. She always took such pride in how she looked no matter what she was dealing with. She considered the greatest blessings in her life to be the loving support of her God Jehovah, her family and friends. The family would like to thank all those dear friends for the joy they brought to her life. She was so appreciative of it.
She had so much vital energy and was so determined. When she set her mind to it, she would not give up. If you visited her home, you would often find her at the kitchen table, chairs stacked with books to study the Bible. She loved to share the gems she found with anyone that would listen. She enjoyed gardening & flowers, making her back patio a beautiful flowering retreat. She also loved to bake. She would occupy her mind with study, working on scrapbooks and puzzles. She took pride in her floors, & kept them so clean it was often remarked that you could eat off them. Eunice was an avid bird-watcher, so often marveling at creation and that God takes note of even the little birds (Matthew 10:29-31).
Eunice will be remembered for her loyalty to Jehovah and faith in his promises of a restoration. Her favorite scripture was Proverbs 27:11 “ Be wise my son and make my heart rejoice, that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me.” That was her concern in life. It had a bearing on all she did. She looked forward with strong faith to Jehovah’s promise that he will restore mankind to perfect health in the coming paradise. She will be missed by all until we see her again (Rev 21:4).
Eunice is survived by her husband Ian and 3 of their children; Richard (Shari), Melanie Ness (Matthew) and Valerie. Her son Robert preceded her in death. She is also survived by her 3 siblings: Eugene, Sandra Birston (Arie), and Darcy (Suzette) as well as her niece Savannah, her nephew Levi, grand-nephew Brae, and her 6 grandchildren: Michael & Elizabeth, Tanner & Trey, and Aiden & Aryna.