Evelyn Agnes Greggain, born on December 31, 1928, came into a farming family in Brora, Saskatchewan, as the daughter of Gordon and Caroline Pearce. Growing up among the hardships of drought and the Great Depression, Evelyn developed a strong character, resourcefulness, and resilience. Despite the challenges, she found joy in simple pleasures like playing with her siblings and attending the one-room schoolhouse. After completing high school and secretarial training, Evelyn met Jim Greggain on a blind date arranged by Jim’s sister. Although their first meeting didn’t go smoothly, they embarked on a three-year long-distance courtship before getting married in 1951. They started their married life in a small apartment in downtown Regina before building their own home on MacKay Street.
Tragically, their first child, Nancy, passed away at a young age, leaving a profound impact on Evelyn and Jim. However, they pressed on, and eventually welcomed three more children: Donald, Norma, and Shirlee. Despite the hardships they faced, Evelyn and Jim raised their family with love, grace, and unwavering support. They embraced the idyllic neighborhood of the 60s and 70s, allowing their children to explore and grow. Evelyn played an integral role in their lives while Jim pursued a career as a tire salesman. The family cherished their summers spent at Kenosee Lake and camping trips across the stunning landscapes of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Rockies. Later in life, Evelyn and Jim enjoyed traveling, including trips to visit family across the Pacific Northwest and ancestral homelands in the British Isles.
Following her retirement, Evelyn dedicated her time to supporting family and friends. She worked in various administrative support roles for the Government of Saskatchewan and the Regina Public Library. Additionally, she and Jim spent their summers with the beloved Gopher Trailer Club, exploring different campgrounds in Saskatchewan. Evelyn was a lifelong fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, holding season tickets for many years. Even in the last week of her life, she made sure to watch their games and offered her opinions on their performance.
Evelyn will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was well-read and genuinely interested in the well-being of those around her. Her loyalty to family and friends was unwavering, and her deep faith provided her strength throughout life’s challenges. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Broadway Terrace, Victoria Park Senior Care Facility, and Dr. Mohammed and his staff for their friendship, care, and love. A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held at Lee Funeral Home in Regina, Saskatchewan, on November 18, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join and honor this remarkable woman of faith, grace, and love.