Edna Eva Eby

Female 1906 - 2008  (101 years)


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  • Name Edna Eva Eby 
    Born 18 Oct 1906  Hamilton, Oxford, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 Jun 2008  Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10073510640  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2008 

    Father Benjamin Eby,   b. 06 Jan 1877, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1938, Wentworth County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Margaret Edith Passmore,   b. 7 Oct 1876, Hamilton, Oxford, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1960, Hamilton, Oxford, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1900  Wentworth County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:

    • Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928 about Benj S Eby
      Name: Benj S Eby
      [Benjamin Eby]
      Birth Place: Berlin, Ontario
      Age: 23
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
      Father Name: Isaac S Eby
      Mother Name: Elizth S Stauffer Eby
      Spouse Name: Edith L A Passmore
      Spouse's Age: 23
      Spouse Birth Year: abt 1877
      Spouse Birth Place: Palmerston, Ontario
      Spouse Father Name: Ed Passmore
      Spouse Mother Name: Margt Adams
      Marriage Date: 10 Jan 1900
      Marriage County or District: Wentworth
    Family ID F246729425533  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Oct 1906 - Hamilton, Oxford, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Thursday September 4, 2008

      EDNA EVA EBY CARPENTER
      Mother. Born Oct. 18, 1906, in Hamilton. Died June 21 in Chatham, Ont., of complications related to blood clots, aged 101.
      JANICE ADAMS

      submissions:lives@globeandmail.com

      September 4, 2008

      Edna led an ordinary life within an extraordinary world. She experienced the exchange of the horse-drawn carriage for automobiles, lived through the First World War, was an eyewitness to the great influenza pandemic, survived the Great Depression and the Second World War, and watched as the technology of the 20th and 21st centuries exploded. She remembered it all clearly, even as a centenarian.

      Edna hid the fact that she was forced to leave school after Grade 8, a source of great personal regret. It was her dearest wish to become a teacher, but like so many others of her generation she had to enter the work force to help support her seven siblings. She compensated by becoming a prolific reader.

      At an early age, she and a sister were given the full care of infant twin brothers. Not yet in her teens, Edna learned to wash heavy cotton bed sheets in a wooden tub and became an expert cook using a wood-burning stove.

      Edna did not marry until 41. She became pregnant in her late 40s with her only child, a daughter. Having a baby so late in life was unheard of at the time, and when she told her mother she was pregnant, her mother responded by telling her she was "a fool." But Edna, with her typical quiet strength, carried on and raised her child, who eventually became a teacher.

      Edna liked to bowl and remained the treasurer of her bowling league until the age of 88. An inexhaustible knitter, she provided her family and later the community with colourful sweaters and mittens. She earned spending money by decorating cakes for special occasions and preserved countless jars of jam and pickles in the thick summer heat.

      While she never embraced computer technology, Edna did learn to use a microwave and watched movies on a portable DVD player. She gained a great deal of renewal over her lifetime from her involvement in her church. It was a constant factor in her life even when, at 90, she left her home and friends in Hamilton to move to an unfamiliar city to be closer to her daughter.

      Within her day-to-day existence Edna faced an unimaginable variety of challenges and changes. While in her 60s, she underwent major ear surgery as well as foot surgery. She had casts on both legs and had to learn to walk again.

      While the activities of her life may read as fairly unremarkable, no words can capture the quiet grace with which Edna lived nor the love of learning and fearlessness that she gave to her child. She will be fiercely missed for the power of her spirit, her unconditional love and her radiant smile.

      Janice Adams is Edna's daughter.

    • Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1909
      about Edna Eva Eby
      Name: Edna Eva Eby
      Date of Birth: 18 Oct 1906
      Gender: Female
      Birth County: Wentworth
      Father's Name: Benjamin T Eby
      Mother's Name: Edith Passmore
      Roll Number: MS929_182



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