STURGIS | Evelyn M. Douglas was born Nov. 26, 1920, in Nashport, OH. She attended and graduated from Nashport High School. Evelyn went on to college, taking her first two years at Ohio University Branch in Zanesville. Evelyn continued on to the main campus of Ohio University in Athens, where she completed her degree, majoring with in Home Economics with a minor in English. After teaching one year of Home Economics, Evelyn returned to Nashport, where she taught school. Her students remembered her fondly and to her dying day sent her letters.
Evelyn was married to Winston Douglas (aka Doug) while he was in the Army. Just 11 days after they were married in Augusta, GA, he was shipped out (WWII). After returning home, they were remarried at the Nashport Methodist Church.
Evelyn and Doug lived in Zanesville for a few years before moving to Baltimore, MD. They eventually moved to South Dakota and resided in Pierre, where they both worked for the state. Evelyn had received an Honorary Award for the work she did for the State Health Laboratory.
Evelyn was involved in many community organizations such as Disabled Veterans, Gray Ladies, census taker, and Bible study.
Evelyn relocated to Sturgis after her husband's illness, and lived there 16 years. She then moved in with her daughter, Vicki Bush, where Vicki and Jim provided her loving care for the remaining years of her life.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Jayne and Tony Kolb, Sioux Falls, James and Phyllis Douglas, Pierre, Vicki and Jim Bush, Sturgis, Dee and Glen Hartson, Rapid City, and Karen and Joe Watson, Blunt. In addition, her survivors include 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was preceded in death by Doug in 2000, and her two brothers, Gerald and Gene Minnick.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, at the Church of Christ. Lunch will be served at the church following her committal at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Condolences may be sent to the family at kinkadefunerals.com.