After a lifetime spent as an amazing wife, mother, and (great) grandmother, my dear grandma Evelyn Bedard passed away last December. “Evie” was everyone’s best friend.  She is my kindred spirit in life, and she’ll always be with me — as she will the rest of the incredible family she raised.

Grandma Evie was a regular contributor to our 2012 campaign, checking in daily to see how the parades were going and the door knocking progressing.  She regularly would pull out a state map to see where we were on any given day of the campaign. She joined us for the Red Wing River City Days parade, and she loved every minute of it! When I took the oath of office the following January, Grandma Evie held the Bible.  And shortly thereafter she proved to be the real talent in the family when she recorded her thoughts on the day.  These words remind me of who I am and why I enjoy public service.  But, mostly, they remind me of how lucky I am to have known and loved Grandma Evie.


Evelyn “Evie” (Forrest) Bedard

Evelyn “Evie” Agnes Bedard, 91, of Ironton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Evie was born in Crosby on November 23, 1924, to Raymond and Agnes Forrest. She graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1942 and attended Crosby-Ironton Junior College in 1942-43. She joined Consolidated Vultee Aircraft in San Diego from 1943-1945 as part of the war effort.

Evie soon returned to Crosby-Ironton to marry the love of her life, Earl Bedard – to whom she was married 66 years. They raised six children together and spent their lives devoted to their family, church, and community. Evie was an active member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby, the National Catholic Society of Foresters, the Council of Catholic Women, local girl scouting, and the Myrin-James American Legion Auxiliary in Ironton.

Evie enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking for loved ones and local organizations, and planning holiday celebrations. By far, Evie’s greatest joy was watching her family grow.

Evie was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Sidney, and his wife, She is survived by her husband, Earl, her six children, her 11 grandchildren, and her five great-grandchildren.

Evie’s life was celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, December 28, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby.  May she forever rest in peace.

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