Evelyne Pearl (Adkins) York was born September 10, 1925 at Peckville Ranch Westboro, MO to Thomas Lee and Laura Pearl (Mather) Adkins.
Evelyne attended school in Northboro and Shenandoah, graduating from Shenandoah High School. Later during WWII, she and her father worked in a shipyard in Vancouver, WA. She was a lady welder, painter, and "Rosie the Riveter."
After marrying William Samuel (Sam) York, they settled on a small farm southwest of Farragut. 1951 brought a move to a farm northeast of Essex where they raised their family and lived for 37 years. In 1988, semi-retirement took them to their own home in Essex.
Evelyne was a hard-working farm wife. She said she "tried doing everything at least once," but helping raise hogs in a farrow to finish operation took up most of her day. She also spent a great deal of time fixing lunches and supporting farm equipment moves.
Sam and Evelyne enjoyed traveling, taking tours, and square dancing with the Pairs and Squares dance club. She was a girl's 4-H leader for 10 years, enjoyed being active in the Shenandoah Christian Women's Group and GFWC Study and Service Club. They both helped to start the Essex Senior Center and she was a member of Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman.
Later when Sam was in failing health, she helped care for him. Evelyne spent her free time caring for her flowers, doing embroidery work and crocheting. Many of her afghans were made for family members and sold as a fundraiser for Alzheimer's research.
Evelyne was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Allen "Bud" Adkins, her husband Sam in 2005, and most recently by her daughter Karon.
She is survived by her sons, Kieth and wife Carol, Bill and wife Nancy; four grandchildren, Janine Johnson and husband Matt, Gary York and wife Mindi, Jill Swanson and husband Bob, James York and wife Tara; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Alex and Elise Dailey, Keely and Samantha York and Aiden York; sister Sharon Case and husband Don; and sister-in-law Luella Belle Long; along with other relatives and friends.
Celebration of life memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.
Memorial visitation with the family will be from 1:30 pm until 2:00 pm, Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Page County 4-H Endowment or the Essex Community Club Endowment.
Burial of cremains will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.
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