Evelyn M. Eary went to her new home in Heaven on Monday, March 9, 2020, from her home in Mt. Nebo, WV, after a long battle with cancer.
She fought a good fight, she finished the race, and she kept the faith.
Evelyn was born in Creamery, WV, on December 12, 1938. She was 81.
She was preceded in death by her wonderful parents, Charles K. and Eva Pearl Miller.
She is survived by her loving husband, Charles “Greg” Eary of 62 years. They went through elementary school together and became sweethearts in high school in 1954. They married in 1958, and each worked and put the other one through college. After college they started their family. They had two sons, John S. Eary and wife, Patti, who is more like a daughter, and grandson, John “Lake” Eary, who was a great joy to her and always made her laugh, who live in Mt. Nebo; and Greg S. Eary and wife Sherri, live in the homeplace in Alderson, WV. Her step grandson, Justin, and his wife, Samantha, live in Cottonwood, AZ.
Known as Sissy by all of the family, she is survived by three younger sisters, Milly Grizzard (Howard, deceased) of Durham, NC, Betty Groves (Sam) of Alderson, and Vicky Ambler (George) of Fort Spring, WV; and several nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much.
Evelyn moved with her parents from Creamery to Alderson as a child. She was raised in Alderson and lived there until 1986, when her and her husband bought a farm in Mt. Nebo. She began teaching at the Mt. Lookout Elementary School and taught there for 16 years until she retired.
Everywhere that Evelyn seemed to go, people would recognize her and tell her how glad they were to have her as a teacher or as a teacher of their children and grandchildren in school.
At a very early age, Evelyn became involved with Johnson Memorial UMC in Alderson. She never missed a service and was very active in the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF). At the age of 15 during a revival, she went to the alter and gave her heart to the Lord, Jesus Christ. At the same time there was a young boy at the alter who would one day be her husband. She was a devout Christian all of her life. She witnessed her faith in the way that she lived and confidentially helped others. She reflected her morals and faith into her teaching for 36 years. Her quiet demeanor projected a sincere and thoughtful approach to whatever she became involved. She never pretended to be something she wasn’t. Her husband described her as the most decent, honest, loving, and forgiving person that God ever created. She had no enemies.
Evelyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concord College, completing four years of college in three. She earned a master’s degree from WVU with a 4.0 grade average. She taught home economics, high school english, special education, and elementary school at different times in her career. She was qualified to teach in elementary or secondary schools. Evelyn also taught at the Federal Women’s Prison in Alderson, becoming acquainted with the likes of the infamous Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally.
Evelyn faithfully served the Johnson Memorial UMC for 20 years as treasurer and when she moved to Mt. Nebo, she served Gilgal UMC for 20 years as their treasurer.
She was the originator of the Alderson Fourth of July Homecoming Banquet and was in charge of the kitchen that fed several hundred people, until Marjorie Lobban took it over.
Her hobbies included sewing in early life, and later ceramics and basket weaving. She was a great cook, learning from her mother. She regularly made sourdough bread for people and for church dinners. She wrote a cookbook with family recipes that dated back to her grandparents.
She also wrote a family history book. Evelyn loved to shop for antiques and to travel, visiting all 50 states and several countries.
She chose not to have a funeral and to be cremated. She didn’t want family and friends to mourn her death. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Gilgal UMC, and her ashes will be entombed in a headstone at the Greenbrier Baptist Church after a service in Alderson at a later date.
The family thanks her wonderful caregivers at home, Jean Brooks, Patsy Shaffer, Shirley Hanshaw, Kathy Bennett, and Cindy Nuchols. And many thanks to the people of Hospice: Pat, Amy, Angie, and Sonja.
The family asks in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 N. Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387, or to the Alderson Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 647, Alderson, WV 24910
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The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville, WV, was in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the March 18, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.