Nora Evelyn HILLERUD
- Born: 16 Sep 1914, Ryley, Alberta, Canada
- Marriage: Hilmar Kornelius MOEN on 24 Jul 1938 in Amisk Creek, Beaver County, Alberta, Canada
- Died: 8 Apr 2003, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada aged 88
- Buried: Jul 2003, Amisk Creek, Beaver County, Alberta, Canada
MOEN, Nora Evelyn Nora Evelyn Moen passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on April 8, 2003 at the age of 88 years.
She was born near Ryley, Alberta on September 16, 1914, the second daughter of Hans and Martha Hillerud. Evelyn married Hilmar Moen on July 24, 1938. As an Alberta Wheat Pool family they lived at many different points in Alberta, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia. After Hilmar's death, Evelyn moved to Red Deer where she was closer to family and made many new friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Hilmar, in 1974; her grandson, Scott Easton, in 1971; and a son-in-law, James Easton, in 1996. Evelyn is survived by her children: Eunice Easton of Kelowna, BC; Marna and Glenn Claerhout of Sunbreaker Cove, AB; Clifford and Carole Moen of Edmonton, AB; Gerald and Alison Moen of North Vancouver, BC. Her grandchildren are Brent Easton, Kevin (Kara) Claerhout, Lisa (Rod) Ceccato, Elaine Claerhout, Paul (Rhonda) Claerhout, Noree Claerhout, Kristoffer Moen, Amy Moen, Erin Moen, Gwyn Moen; and great-grandsons, Ryan, Grant and Carter Claerhout. Evelyn is also survived by her brother, Glenn (Kay) Hillerud of Tofield, AB; and sisters: Hazel Patterson of Tofield, AB, Merle Hately of Madeira Park, BC, and Beulah Giebelhaus of Vegreville, AB, and sister-in-law, Myrtle Murray of Camrose, AB.
Memorial Services for Evelyn Moen will be held at Sunnybrook United Church, 12 Stanton Street, Red Deer on Saturday, April 12, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Mary Ellen Moore officiating. Urn burial will take place at the Amisk Creek Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com
<http://www.parklandfuneralhome.com> If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Sunnybrook United Church Memorial Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society, 4730A Ross Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1X2. In living memory of Evelyn Moen a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park. Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 - 67A Street, Red Deer, AB T4P 3V9.
Interment of the Ashes of Evelyn Moen
Written by Eunice
Family and friends, we are gathered here today to say a final farewell to Evelyn Moen. But as we stand in this place, we cannot help but remember the others who share this plot of land.
Think of the courage it took my great-grandparents, Peder and Pernille to leave Norway and travel into unknown and unfamiliar country. They of course were not alone in this adventure. The other Scandinavians - the Solbergs, Andersons, Pattersons and the Olsons, to name just a few, shared it. We give thanks for their courage and tenacity in the face of great difficulty.
Think of the hard work that my grandparents, Einar and Nettie Moen, as well as Annie and Alfred Patterson, Hans and Martha Hillerud and the rest of their generation, put into making their farms, their church, and their community successful and prosperous. The bounty of the gardens and the crops was amazing. We give thanks for their hard work and their stewardship of the land.
Think of the success that my parents, Hilmar and Evelyn, as well as Conrad and Hazel, Glenn and Kay, Beulah and John and the others of their generation achieved. As homemakers, managers, mayors, businessmen, and modern farmers, they achieved success beyond the dreams of their grandparents. We give thanks for their foresight and hard work.
Think of the distances that my generation has traveled and the many different occupations and challenges we have pursued. Yet, somehow this place, this little plot of land has a special spot in our hearts too. We give thanks for the opportunities we have had and for the grounding in the faith that has sustained us in times of joy and sorrow.
And today it was important to me to have the next generation here. Our children know some of the stories because Marna has collected the pictures into albums and begun to tell the tales which make a family story real. We give thanks for the health, enthusiasm and good fortune of these our children and grandchildren.
None of us makes good decisions all of the time and sometimes what was once a good decision turns out to be less than the best. When Hilmar died in December 1974, it was decided that his ashes would be placed in a memorial rose garden at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver. Ryerson was a warm and welcome home for our parents for the years they spent in Vancouver and it was in this church that Cliff and Carole and Gerald and Alison were married. But after Mom moved to Red Deer, there were times when she regretted that decision. It was impossible to move the ashes, they had been scattered, but we have chosen to remember both of our parents with a headstone in this churchyard.
Noted events in her life were:
• Remarks:,. Mom had Rheumatic fever as a child and was deemed by her family that she was not strong enough for the nursing career she wanted.
This did not hold her back from volunteering for any number of jobs through the church, Ladies Aide, Rebeccas, Eastern Star or community organizations. She also put her talents in sewing and knitting to work to make articles for charity bazaars.
Quite a few quilts, socks, mittens and crib blankets made there way to kids and grandkids and great-grandkids too.
• Eulogy: Tribute given at funeral by Eunice,,.
Nora Evelyn Hillerud was born in the “little pink house” in Ryley,Alberta on September 16, 1914. She grew up on the family far just outside of town. On July 24th, 1938 she married Hilmar Kornelius Moen .
When our mother married our father, she also married the Alberta Wheat Pool and that meant moving 14 times to various cities and towns in Alberta, as well as Winnipeg and Vancouver. During her last few weeks in the hospital, she was still moving, packing boxes and giving away treasures as she slept. I asked her which place she had liked the best. At first she said, “I don't want to think about it.” And she fell asleep.
But later her eyes opened and she said, “The house in Anders.” Her 24 years in Red Deer were not only the longest time she had lived anywhere, they were also among the happiest. Of course I had to ask why. And I smiled when she said, “Because it had such good black soil.” We will always remember that she was able to coax long straight carrots, plump onions, buckets full of tomatoes, and hands full of ripe juicy raspberries and strawberries out of even the smallest patch of garden. Of course the vegetables would appear in her hearty homemade soups. Food is always important in our family. The grandchildren would not let her forget to make lefsa or her famous potato salad for family gatherings.
Growing up in the Thirties Mom learned from her mother never to waste anything. Bits of material were fashioned into practical pieced quilts. Sweaters were unraveled and turned into mitts or afghans. And none of us dared to throw out a turtle neck or a golf shirt because they could be cut up and braided into her beautiful rugs. One day Brent arrived wearing a golf shirt. With a twinkle in her eye, she felt the material in the sleeve and said, “Oh this one will make a nice rug.” “Grannie”, Brent shot back, “This one is brand new.”
Whether it was a rug, a quilt, a piece of hardanger embroidery, or a pair of slippers, each stitch had to be even, each seam straight because it might be entered into the Fair. At Red Deer or Camrose the stakes were high, but at Tofield competition was fierce. Up against sisters, Hazel, Beulah and sometimes even Merle, ribbons were greatly prized and well deserved.
She was proud of the accomplishments of Marna, Cliff, Gerald and I and saved memorabilia from school days to our retirements. But it was the pictures and newspaper articles of the exploits of her grandchildren that adorned her refrigerator now. She was proud of all 10 of them.
• She was honoured for Written by Marna.
United Church Women's Fifty Year Service Recipient: Evelyn Moen
Nora Evelyn Moen (nee Hillerud) was baptized, raised and married in the Lutheran church, but in 1951 the Moen family moved to Peace River, Alberta, where there was no Lutheran church. The Moens became members of St. Paul's United Church. Evelyn joined the women's group which was called the Women's Missionary Society (WMS) at that time. In 1955 they moved to Calgary and became members of St. Matthews United Church. Evelyn once again became a member of the United Church Women (UCW). Each move meant a new church: Edmonton - Ritchie United Church; Winnipeg - Westworth United Church; Vancouver - Ryerson United Church; and finally in Red Deer - Sunnybrook United Church. Joining the UCW group and becoming regular attendees of the church helped Evelyn survive each move and make a new home for the family.
Always anxious to do her share, Evelyn shared her talents of baking, handicrafts, organization and friendship. In Vancouver the UCW provided respite care for mentally disabled children. Although Evelyn found this task difficult, she seldom missed a Tuesday morning of picking up her charge and taking them to the church for activities while the regular caregiver had a break. At Sunnybrook United Church she could be found at the handicraft table at the annual bazaar or helping with funeral lunches.
The fellowship of the United Church Women provided Evelyn with many cherished friends and memories. May God bless all who touched her life!
Nora married Hilmar Kornelius MOEN, son of Einar Arnold Karlsen Olsen MOEN and Annette Marie ANDERSON, on 24 Jul 1938 in Amisk Creek, Beaver County, Alberta, Canada. (Hilmar Kornelius MOEN was born on 4 Apr 1913 in Tofield, Alberta, Canada, died on 2 Dec 1974 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and was buried in Dec 1974 in Ryerson United, Vancouver British Columbia Canada.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Remarks:,. Mom and Dad were the first couple married in The Norwegian Lutheran Church of Amisk Creek.