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Eva Epp

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Eva’s family fled to Chaco, Paraguay, in 1929 as refugees. She accepted Jesus as Saviour at 8 and was baptized in 1955. The family moved in 1937 to Friesland, Paraguay, where she married Peter, a widower with 2 sons. When their 8 children were small, they lived in difficult conditions, far from medical assistance or neighbours. After 14 years in Uruguay, they immigrated to Canada in 1973. Peter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and died in 1988. Eva moved to Abbotsford in 1992 and joined Clearbrook MB Church. This move was her best because she found many old and new friends. Eva enjoyed volunteering at MCC Thrift Store, Garden Park Tower, and The Gleaners, and preparing food for funerals and blankets to send overseas. When Eva’s health began deteriorating in December 2017, she was saddened that she could no longer volunteer. Following two falls in October 2018, complications (a brain bleed, leaky valve, and stroke) kept her hospitalized. One of Eva’s favourite verses was John 14:6. In challenging times, determination and faith carried her through her days.


  • Birth: September 15, 1925
  • Birthplace:
    Crimea, Russia
  • Death: November 19, 2018
  • Parents:
    Peter & Katarina Esau
  • Married:
    Peter Epp [d. 1988]
  • Family:
    children Peter (Lydia), Heinrich (Martha), Dietrich (Alicia), Anny (Helmut) Penner, Frida, Trudy (Abe) Teichrieb, Dina (Helmut) Fast, Ingrid, [d. two in infancy]; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Clearbrook MB, Abbotsford, B.C.