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Evelyn Ruth Schuler

October 6, 1932 ~ September 15, 2022 (age 89)

Obituary

Evelyn Ruth Schuler of Medicine Hat passed away peacefully on September 15, 2022 at the age of 89, beloved wife of the late Raymond Schuler.  Evie also leaves to cherish her memory four children, Val Hildenbrand (Brad), Janice Tate (Curtis Ensminger), David Tate all from Medicine Hat, Alberta and Mason Tate (Averill) of Calgary, Alberta.  Evie was the daughter of Charles and Grace (nee McMillan) Hardin and predeceased by her brother Ted Hardin and her sister Grace Anne Hardin, her daughter Penny Sue Tate and her first husband Harold Tate.  She will be missed by Ray’s children Michele Schuler (Jeffrey Blackadder) of Mundare, Alberta, Tom (Robbie) Schuler of Raleigh, North Carolina, Marina (Mark) Dell of Morinville, Alberta, her former daughter-in-law Raquel Tate, and her sister-in-law Janet Hardin.  She leaves behind her grandchildren Jeff (Amanda) Hildenbrand, Carrie (Dave) Hildenbrand, Joshua Tate, Meghan (Ryan) Tate, Walter (Jocelyn) Martinez, Billy Martinez, Cinthia (Mike) Medrano, Steven and Lorna Blackadder, Katrina, Alexander, David and Jillian Schuler, and Joseph, Emily and Julia Dell.  She was born in Vancouver, B.C. and raised in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.  She graduated from the Medicine Hat General Hospital nursing class of 1953, where she made many lifelong friends.  She worked as a nurse in acute care and then 20 years in the auxiliary. She spent the last 10 years of her career working in home care from which she retired in 1996.  She was a passionate advocate for health care and environmental issues. She was awarded the Southern Alberta Public Interest Award for her advocacy efforts at age 80. She served on the provincial Friends of Medicare Board and was instrumental in helping start up the local chapter of Friends of Medicare.   She was also active in the Alberta New Democrat Party serving as an executive member of the Medicine Hat NDP and was awarded a lifetime membership by the provincial party.  She was a strong community activist for environmental issues throughout her life and was very involved with several environmental advocacy groups. She is fondly remembered by her colleagues as “a warrior for the environment and humanity.” And don’t worry Mom, we will make sure people hear about those damn endocrine disrupters. She was lucky to have many lifelong friends. She loved meeting regularly with the ladies in “Knitting Club”. Together with some of her friends they opened a local crafts store called Creative Hands.  She enjoyed activities including hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, curling and playing cards with her friends over the years.  She also enjoyed adventurous travels with her friends and has been to many countries including China, England, Scotland, Portugal, Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba, El Salvador, Costa Rica, sailed around the Galapagos, hiked Machu Picchu, and cruised Thailand and the Baltic Sea.  Above all she was a wonderful mother and grandmother to her family. She supported, guided and always watched over her children. She adored all her grandchildren and great grandchildren and they adored her. Her family will have many fun stories to remember her by for years.  Mom had a big heart and a real impact on her community and leaves a lasting legacy. Her work here is done and she can go in peace.  At Evie’s request there will be no funeral service.  Interment will follow at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy those wishing to remember Evelyn Schuler may do so with a gift to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Center, The Council of Canadians, the Friends of Medicare - Palliser Chapter or an environmental or health care charity of their choice. 

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