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Louise Sutherland

May 9, 1945 August 15, 2020

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Obituary for Louise Sutherland

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Louise Sutherland (née Evans) of Hyndford on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Louise, beloved wife of Garry Sutherland, passed away peacefully at Hospice Renfrew in her 75th year. Louise was born on May 9, 1945, to parents Sarah (née Woods) and John Evans. Loving mother of Debbie (Derek Hanson), Dwayne (Lisa), James (Sheila). Louise will also be fondly remembered by her nine grandchildren, Andrew, Kelsie, Briana, Carson, Brandy, Brayden, Wyatt, Allyssa, Edina, and by her two great grandchildren, Jimmy and Hayden. Louise is the beloved sister of Benita, Lily, and Jack, predeceased by sister Susie, and survived by Alfred.

Louise was born and raised in Selkirk, Manitoba, a small town north of Winnipeg. It was there that Louise developed an appreciation and understanding for the important things in life; how to prepare an amazing home cooked meal, how to have fun playing a simple game of hide and seek with family on Sunday evenings at home, how to skin and prepare wild game brought home by her dad and brothers for supper, but most important of all, how to love, care for, and cherish those near and dear to her heart.

As a teenager, Louise played point guard on her high school basketball team where she earned the nickname “Squiggy.” When reflecting on her teenage years, she shared fond memories of time spent with her best friend, Judy. Whether it was making up excuses to sneak out of the house, trying on dresses for the prom, doing each other’s hair and makeup, shopping for shoes, or convincing Judy not to wear her glasses to a dance, there was always laughter as she shared these stories. While attending high school, Louise worked at the theatre in Selkirk. This is where she first saw the musical “Wizard of Oz,” and heard what would become her favorite song, “Over the Rainbow.” Louise also babysat for her sister Lily who lived on Searle Farms just outside Selkirk. After a long day, they would often take a quiet walk around the farm. It was here that she met a handsome man from Ontario who would become her much-loved husband, Garry. After marrying, they moved to Ontario where they eventually settled down and raised their family in Hyndford.

When asked what her greatest accomplishment was in life, Louise responded by saying “my family, having children.” She was a proud Mom and Grandmother, and worked hard making sure that her family wanted for nothing. She used her sewing talents to make clothing and toys. Louise and Garry planted a garden every summer that grew tasty vegetables everyone enjoyed nibbling on when visiting, and from which she made preserves like her famous dilled carrots. Staying at home while her children were in elementary school, Debbie, Dwayne, and James were always greeted after school with a hug, kiss, and a fresh baked snack meant to fill both hearts and tummy. Louise was also known for her baking, specifically her buns and cookies. If you were fortunate enough to stop by after she had been baking, you would be offered a taste with some fresh brewed tea. “Grandma” as she was called by her grandchildren, would often send her grandchildren home with little bags of goodies for themselves to enjoy and savour as they wished, without having to ask permission from “Mom” or “Dad”. Home was a warm and welcoming place, where guests enjoyed a home cooked meal.

After deciding to return to the workforce, Louise put her sewing skills to good use in a Bridal Shop in Renfrew. She was always a sharp dresser herself, and she ensured that the many brides and bridesmaids she worked with looked elegant on their wedding day. Later Louise worked at Len’s Clothing and Furniture Ltd. in Eganville as a bookkeeper. When time permitted, she would help out on the floor organizing merchandise. In addition to fulfilling her obligations as an employee, Louise was a great listener and friend to fellow employees at Len’s. They shared many laughs and fun times together.

After finding out she had cancer, Louise decided she would fight her battle head on by taking chemo treatments. She was courageous and selfless in this journey, as she tried to be there for as many family milestones as she could. With her husband Garry at her side, she enjoyed two additional years with family and friends. Louise was lovingly cared for by staff at Hospice Renfrew, where she enjoyed her “cozy, just like home” room, and the beautiful view of the gardens.

Louise dedicated her life to caring and being there for others. She was a small town girl from Manitoba that was brave enough to travel all the way to Ontario with her sweetheart to make a great life for themselves. She raised her family with a firm grounding in family traditions and the value of faith by attending the Scotch Bush church every Sunday. Louise will be remembered as a take charge woman that could always make the best of any situation. She was a great friend to many, and a remarkable woman with a beautiful smile. She will be forever missed by everyone whose life she touched.

The family would like to thank Dr. Pinard and Hospice Renfrew staff for the wonderful and compassionate care that they provided for Louise. A private family service will be held in the chapel at Zohr Family Funeral Home, Renfrew, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 11 am. All are welcome to attend a graveside ceremony at the Douglas Public Cemetery following the service (Estimated time 12:15pm and A REMINDER TO MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING). Tributes and condolences can be left online at

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  • Memorial Service

    August 20, 2020 | 11:00am
    Zohr Family Funeral Home - Renfrew
    85 Munroe Avenue East
    Renfrew, Ontario
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    August 20, 2020
    David McFarlane
  • Interment

    August 20, 2020 |
    Douglas Public Cemetery
    5279 Queen Street
    Douglas, Ontario
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    August 20, 2020
    Following Service in the Chapel

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Dale and Linda Jackson and Family

Our sincere condolences to the whole family
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Dixie and Drew , Don and Jill

Its so hard to say goodbye, sending prayers and love.
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John-David Evans

We are saddened to hear of Aunt Louise’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Your family is in our thought and prayers.
John-David, Rhonda, Sarah and Tyler ❤️
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Nancy Wright

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss, I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences. Nancy Wright
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