Evelyn Owens, 98, of Gallatin, MO, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Daviess County Nursing & Rehab in Gallatin. Services will be held on Saturday, July 19, at Yarber Mortuary in Mountain View, MO. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View. Memorials: Will Norton Miracle Field, P.O. Box 701, Joplin, MO 64802, or donor’s charity of choice.
Evelyn was born in Corwith, Iowa on June 28, 1916, to William K. and Cora B. (Wilson) Clapsaddle. She graduated from Rich Hill High School. Evelyn married Evan Owens on February 6, 1937, in Rich Hill, MO. The couple made their home and raised their family in Mountain View. Evelyn was employed at Angelica Garment Factory in Mountain View where she dedicated 30 years of service, retiring in 1980.
Evelyn was a musician. She played piano, trumpet and cello. She also sang in the church choir. It was in her retirement years where Evelyn found her love of bowling; averaging a score of 155 at 80 years old! She also enjoyed golf and traveling before her health declined. She moved to Joplin, MO following the death of her husband, Evan. In 2004, she moved to Gallatin, MO, with her daughter, Carol.
Evelyn was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church, as well as the UMW ,VFW Auxiliary, IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) Auxiliary, and the Eastern Star. Evelyn was an excellent seamstress and was well known for her alteration skills. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister. To know her was to love her. She will be greatly missed.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Evan; sons Dwight and Dennis Owens; great grandson, Will Norton; great-great granddaughter, Lucy Morrison; two brothers, Vern and Elwyn Clapsaddle; and three sisters, Ida Clapsaddle, Verona Cowan, and Erma Layher.
Evelyn is survived by her daughters: Laveda (Richard) Norton of Joplin, MO; Madelyn (Bob) Ledgerwood of Claremore, OK; Carol (Don) Weaver of Gallatin, MO; Phyllis (Bob) Hardcastle of Ballwin, MO; 1 son, Curtis (Lila) Owens of Joplin, MO; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters-law; 1 brother-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends.