1923 – 2009
Minnie passed away peacefully at Mill Site Lodge on May 13, 2009. She was born, along with twin sister Alice, to Stan and Sadie Eden at the Ashcroft Hospital on December 19, 1923. They were the first set of twins born at the hospital, coming home by Stage to 70 Mile where Stan met them with horse and wagon loaded with hot rocks for the long trek home along Green Lake to their homestead At Watch Lake. Enid was raised and attended school at Watch Lake & Sheridan Lake until she went to work milking cows for Arty Bishop, and cooking with Blanche Odian for for the crews that were putting telephone lines into the area.
She married John Scheepbouwer on June 16, 1943 and they moved to Grants Mountain where they ranched and guided hunters until 1954 when they moved to Soap Lake, Washington. Enid and John worked on a ranch, riding, irrigating and doing general ranch chores until 1959 when they returned to the Cariboo and built a house at Watch Lake Lodge where she lived and worked with sister Alice and brother-in-law Shorty Horn until poor health made a move to a care home necessary.
Enid also worked many years at the Weldwood Plywood Plant in 100 Mile House before taking over the Canada Post Rural Route Mail Delivery at 70 Mile House. Enid loved her jobs, was hardworking, honest and tough to the core! Minnie told wonderful life stories and was truly made of True Grit.
Her brother Ross, sisters-in-law Rose and Ann Scheepbouwer, survive Enid along with many many nieces, nephews, and loyal friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Stan and Sadie, her loving husband John, brother Don Eden, twin sister Alice Horn, brothers-in-law Shorty Horn, Jake and Bill Scheepbouwer, sisters-in-law Jacque and Jean Eden, Anne Leduc, and Nellie Dale.
Thank you Dr. Dickie and all the Mill Site staff for your caring support of Minnie and our family during this sad time in our lives. We truly appreciate you all !!
A Celebration of Minnie’s life will be held on May 30, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Watch Lake Community Hall. In lieu of flowers , donations can be made to the Watch Lake and District Women’s Institute c/o Marilyn Walsh, R.R.#1, 70 Mile House, BC, V0K 2K0.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.100milefuneralservice.com. 100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted with the arrangements. 250-395-3243