The family of Evelyn Ellis want to wish her a very Happy 95th Birthday!
Evelyn was born on New Year’s Eve in Logan, Utah to Grover and Ardella Munk Hancey. She grew up in Hyde Park helping her father on the family farm and learning home skills from her mother. She excelled at school and graduated from North Cache High School, where she was a class officer, the Jr. Prom Queen, and met the love of her life, Dean Ellis.
After graduation, Dean prepared to go to war while Evelyn worked at the Farm Bureau, writing letters faithfully. On one short furlough home, Dean and Evelyn married on September 18, 1944 in the Logan Temple, just before Dean left for the European front. After the war, they lived in Logan while Dean attended Utah State. Following graduation, Dean worked as a civil engineer constructing new reservoirs around the west. In 1951, the family moved permanently to River Heights and Dean went into business with his father at Ellis Equipment Co.
Evelyn was devoted to Dean and a loving and supportive mother to their four children: Rita (Minkler), Rod, Bob and Mary (Johnson). She served her community in Lady Lions, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, president of the River Heights Elementary PTA, Utah Mayor’s Wives Auxiliary, was a River Heights “Citizen of the Year” and was honored last summer as the Apple Days Parade’s “Grand Marshall”. She served her church as Jr. Sunday School Coordinator, Young Women’s President, in several Relief Society Presidencies and a life-long visiting teacher. She was a fun hostess who was always entertaining family and friends. But most important of all, was her service to her family …lovingly teaching, cooking, sewing and taking care of her beautiful yard and home.
After Dean’s sudden passing in October 1977, Evelyn kept his love alive by supporting the family in all their activities: tennis matches, basketball games, school activities, recitals, etc. Her grandchildren loved spending the night at her house, playing games, going to Sweetwater and yearly “back to school dates”.
Evelyn has lived a life of service to everyone who has crossed her path. A day never passes that she doesn’t send food, make a phone call or mail a greeting card to spread cheer. She “lights the world” year round with her 60 foot tall lighted Christmas tree in her front yard to honor birthdays and accomplishments for all she knows. She is an example of faith, strong testimony, generosity, compassion and true charity.
Her 4 children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild will honor her at a special dinner this Saturday.
We love you, Evelyn, and thank you for the legacy you have given us!