Evelyn Irene Haggett
Obituary for Evelyn Irene Haggett
Lieutenant Colonel Evelyn Irene Haggett (nee Hammond) was born in Drumheller, Alberta on August 2nd, l925 to Major David and Rhoda Hammond; Connie (deceased April 2020), Wilfred and David were siblings to Evelyn. In 1993 Evelyn married Envoy Gerald Haggett (deceased October 2020), becoming stepmom to Pamela, Allan, and Jeffry.
Evelyn passed to her eternal reward from Halifax, NS on December 26, 2020.
Evelyn went into the Salvation Army Training College to become an Officer from the West Victoria Corps. As a member of the Kings Messengers session she was commissioned on June 6, l948 with the rank of Lieutenant. (Incredibly, 3 of the 4 Hammond children became Salvation Army officers!)
She went on to serve various roles in Ontario and Quebec, before serving briefly at Territorial Headquarters (THQ) Property and Finance and youth departments., and assistant Field Secretary. She served at THQ and Newfoundland Training Colleges four times, and in 1952, she was appointed to the Territorial Team of Evangelists. Evelyn also served in the Women Social Department at Halifax Grace Hospital and Vancouver Maywood Home in Vancouver B.C and Winnipeg Bethany Home. Before retiring, Evelyn became the Territorial Home League Secretary
She continued a life of service in her beloved Vancouver and worked at the Salvation Army Recycle Centres and Thrift Stores. While working there she met and fell in love with Gerald Haggett. They married in 1993, and continued working with the Recycling and Thrift Stores, including time in Winnipeg and Toronto. During this time, they also enjoyed travelling throughout North America, especially to locations promising some sunshine.
In 2000, Evelyn and Gerald relocated to Halifax, where Allan and Jeffry lived, and her grandson Doran. In the 20 years that they lived in Halifax; they were active in the Salvation Army Halifax Citadel Community Church. The family enjoyed Sunday lunches after church and a big weekly dinner every Thursday. Evelyn loved cooking and entertaining for "the boys," and valued time together as a family.
Every couple of years, Evelyn and Gerald would spend time with Pam's family by either flying to Sydney, or the Australians visiting Canada. She loved Pam, her husband, Terry, the grandkids (Paul and Brianne), their partners (Michelle and Chris), and the great-grandkids (Layla, Sam, Rosie and Ellie).
Evelyn grew into a beautiful and gifted Salvation Army officer who used her gifts passionately to serve her Lord and Savior - touching the lives of countless people throughout her ministry. She had a marvellous gift of making music come to life and was an accomplished pianist. While stationed at the Training College, she took a great interest in teaching cadets how to play the piano. She was kind, hospitable, gifted, passionate and lots of fun. We remember her as a devoted wife, great stepmom and a loving sister. We will miss her greatly.
A service will be held to celebrate Evelyn’s life in the coming weeks when the COVID-19 guidelines have determined it is safer for people to gather. More information will be shared when details are finalized.
A special thank you is extended to all those who cared for Evelyn in her final months, especially friends who visited and the team at Parkstone Enhanced Care.
In memory of Evelyn, you are invited to donate to the Vancouver Harbour Light Corps & Treatment Centre. Her father, Senior-Major David Hammond, was the founding officer of this centre which continues to serve those in need in Downtown Vancouver’s Eastside. https://donate.salvationarmy.ca/page/62761/donate/1?location=Vancouver%20Harbour%20Light&_ga=2.244807884.833496365.1609443770-2143687.1609443770
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