Evelyn Edith Cruickshank (MacDonald), 80 of Upper Falmouth passed away on June 1, 2018. She was born on June 19, 1937 in Port Morien, Cape Breton to parents, the late Freda and Clarence MacDonald.
She had a 37 year career with the Public Service of Canada in various government departments in Sydney, Ottawa, Hamilton and ending her career as a staffing officerwith the PSC of Canada, Halifax. In retirement she enjoyed many winters in the Lake Chapala area of Mexico.
She is survived by brother Douglas (Kathy) of Dartmouth; sisters Virginia (Bill), Rita, Viola all of Cape Breton; step-daughter Sherry (Jim) Baskeville, several step-grandchildren all of Ontario; a number of nieces and nephews also special niece Diane Green (Donnie Chambers) of Falmouth.
Evelyn was predeceased by her husband Cecil (2013); sister Mary Lynn; brothers Alfred and Chess.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no service by request. A family gathering will be held at a later date. As she believed in giving to others, memorial donations may be made to the PAWS for Thought through the Royal Canadian Legion, Nunavut Command, 61 Gloria McCluskey Ave, Datmouth, NS, B3B 2C2. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook, NS, B4P 1B9 (902-679-2822).
One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."