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Elvina Florence (Thiessen) Stearns

November 11, 1932 ~ November 5, 2020 (age 87)


Elvina was born in Shamrock, Saskatchewan to Jacob and Anna Thiessen.  She married Melvin Stearns on April 15, 1960 and celebrated 60 years of marriage this spring.  During that time, Elvina and Melvin raised 6 children and have several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Elvina was a great storyteller and held her audience captivate with stories of adventures as a child and a nurse.  She loved nature, gardening and reading, but most of all she loved her family and God. On November 5, 2020, Elvina passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.  

Elvina is survived by her husband Melvin Stearns; children Gaylene (Dale) McMullen, Marlene Stearns, Lyndene (Raymond) Hansen, Merlyn Stearns, Terrance Stearns, and Darlene Thiessen; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and siblings Myrtle Davis, Marion McKenzie, and Fran (Bert) Van Bemmel.

She was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Anna Thiessen; brother Levi Thiessen; and sisters Evelyn Hawes, Bernice Nahorney, Audi Thiessen, and Donetta Thiessen.

A private family service will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ponoka Funeral Home.  The service will be live-stream broadcast and the recording will remain on this page for 90 days.  The viewer is located at the bottom of this page.

Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation - Stroke Recovery.


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Private Services

Ponoka Funeral Home
5115-50th Avenue
Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R5

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