Aileen Eno passed away peacefully in hospital on November 29, 2020 at the age of 96. Aileen will be greatly missed by her brother Harold (Phyllis) Moss of Brighton, ON, sister-in-law Elaine Moss of St. Albert, AB, and her four children: David (Glenda) of Chilliwack, BC, Elizabeth (Frank) Wesseling of Cochrane, AB, Gordon (Laura) of Richmond, BC, and John (Leslie) of Abbotsford, BC. She loved her ten grandchildren: Amy (Phil) Keed, Derek (Veronica) Eno, Katie (Brian) Calder, James Eno, Vicki Eno (Jon Leyland), Holly-Anne Eno (Bryan Steeksma), Sean (Katrina) Eno, Maggie Eno, Sarah Eno, and Michael Eno, as well as her 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three nieces and a nephew. Aileen was predeceased by Bill, her husband of 62 years, parents, Reverend Wallace and Marjorie Moss, and brother, Cedric Moss.
Aileen was born in Goderich, Ontario, in 1924, and moved to Alberta as a child where her father’s ministry took them to Burdett, Hythe and Westlock before moving to Drumheller in 1941. After completing her schooling in Drumheller, Aileen became a teacher and taught in several communities, including East Coulee and in the Carbon area. After the war, she married Bill, and they moved to Edmonton, where she worked at the Correspondence School Branch while Bill attended university. They then returned to the valley where they lived in East Coulee, Rosedale, and Nacmine before purchasing their home in Drumheller. Her 96 years saw many changes in her world, from model-Ts, horse drawn cutters, back yard biffy’s, and coal stoves, to our current modern conveniences and technology. She was very proud of her ability to use her computer well into her 80’s. Aileen loved the valley, was a proud Albertan, and she was well versed in Canadian history. She kept a strong interest in chuck wagon races by keeping careful track of the stats for each heat. Aileen and Bill loved to travel in their little camper van, especially to the mountains to celebrate their anniversary each fall. They travelled all over Canada, with farther adventures in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Music was a central part of Aileen’s life. She had both a piano and an organ in her living room. She played clarinet in the Kinsmen Community Band which took part in many community events including the Calgary Stampede parade. For decades Aileen was the organist at Knox United Church, playing that great pipe organ for countless Sunday services, weddings and funerals. In fact, right to the end of her life she could readily recall the number of any hymn from their hymnal. She also sang in the church choir and in the Passion Play, and was a strong supporter of the Drumheller Music Festival. Aileen was always busy. Her days were full with normal family upbringing, maintaining a house, sewing garments, compiling family histories, cooking and baking, (although any baking often went with “no, that’s for the church”). She spent countless hours at the church, serving on various committees, as treasurer, and with the UCW’s many functions. She was often on the phone visiting with friends or working out details for a church event. She regularly visited residents at Sunshine Lodge or shut-ins. When not supporting her community or Bill with his many endeavours, she would read or garden. Even at night in front of the TV she would usually have some project going, be it a cross-stitch picture, Christmas decoration, knitting, or a home-made gift. Aileen loved to be with her family. She loved to laugh. She especially loved family get togethers that included a slide show of early family photos and the ensuing wise cracks and teasing among her kids. Aileen also loved to spend time with her grandchildren, and they have great memories of ‘baking with Grandma’, and of her gentle love. She enjoyed time with her great grandchildren and to hear about their antics. Aileen lived a good, long life. She was a giving, good-hearted, gentle soul, who could be sassy at times, too. She was lovingly dedicated to her family, her community, her church, and her God. She will be greatly missed. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the charity of their choice. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be conducted at a later date.