Evelyn Marie Werner was 81 years young on the day she met Jesus. She passed away in Centralia, Washington on December 24, 2019. Evelyn fought numerous aliments for several years – those who knew her well would refer to her as a giving, loving, and compassionate person who more often than she would admit, stubborn in her ways. Evelyn was born on January 26, 1938 in Van Nuys, California in the Central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles to Ernie “Boom” and Velma Marie Holloway. Evelyn was raised in Big Bear Lake in the mountains near San Bernardino, California and talked frequently of all the snow that she loved to play in when she was young. She lived in Big Bear Lake as a child and moved to San Bernardino where she attended school and graduated in 1955. Evelyn learned to play piano at the age of 13, getting her first piano which proudly sits in her living room - it was her most prized birthday gift from her Mom and Dad. She taught her daughter Kathy to play piano, and years later her son Karl taught himself to play piano, whose talent far exceeded anyone in the family. In 1959, she had her first child, and daughter, Kathryn Marie. They moved from San Bernardino to Las Vegas in 1962. A few years later in 1965 Evelyn had her son, Karl William. While they lived in Las Vegas, Evelyn learned cake decorating and was an amazing Tupperware saleswomen, who sold Tupperware like no other. She also loved the slot machines, and won a few jackpots with the leftover change after buying groceries. In 1970, Evelyn and her family moved to Adna, WA where they lived on 15 acres and often went to the creek on their property to gather agates. In the early 80’s, Evelyn started working for Kmart in the “cash cage” financial department, doing accounting services. She joined Twin County Credit Union in 1985, working there until retirement. Evelyn enjoyed camping, fishing, walking along the beach, spending time with her family and close friends, and loved visiting Hawaii, making sure to send a few boxes of Maui Splash wine home, so she could enjoy a little bit of Hawaii later. Evelyn was also obsessed with Elvis!! While living in Las Vegas Evelyn acquired tickets from her neighbor who worked at the International Hotel where Elvis was going to perform. She and Kathy had stage seats at a dinner show concert. While Elvis was singing he walked over to shake their hands and a lady across the table grabbed his knees almost pulling him off the stage. He quickly escaped her clutches and did not even miss a beat. Evelyn and Kathy both looked at each other with the greatest disappointment because they wanted nothing more than to shake the Kings hand. After moving to Washington in 1970, they went to see Elvis in Seattle – once Elvis had “left the building” they ran to the limousines to catch another glimpse of the King. They were thrilled to see him face to face passing by in his limousine, giving a little smirk as he locked the door. It was a rare day when Elvis wasn’t playing on the stereo in Evelyn’s home. Evelyn was very active in the Adna PTA, supporting her kids in everything they attempted. She bowled every Wednesday and enjoyed spending time with her kids, going on weekend outings, hiking, camping, clam digging and exploring Washington. Evelyn was her kids’ number one fan! Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Champ and her six grandchildren, Alan, Alicia, Audrey, Andrew, Amy and Alizabeth, and great grandchildren Connor, McKenzie, Anthony, Bella, Carsynn, Charlie, Max, Silas and Magnus. She is also survived by her son Karl Werner and granddaughter, Anneliese. Also survived by her stepchildren who she loved and raised as her own. Fay Tonkin, Bud Webb, Wanda Webb, and Debbie Webb and grandchildren: Amanda & Alyssa Tonkin, Derrick Davis & Daniel Coffman. Evelyn had a large extended family whom she loved dearly, and considered many of her close friends family, as well. Evelyn is preceded in death by her mother, Velma Marie Holloway, father, Ernie “Boom” Holloway, and will be laid to rest next to them at Claquato cemetery. Her brothers, Robert “Bob” Chittenden and Ray Chittenden & nephew, Glen Scott Chittenden also preceded her in death. I hope they’re having a happy heavenly family reunion! Don’t grieve for me, for now I am free. I am following the path God set for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned by back and I left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joy. Be not troubled with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life has been full, and I have enjoyed much. Perhaps my time seemed all to brief; don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me; God wanted me now, He has set me free. Evelyn was one of the most unselfish individuals – she provided unconditional love, kindness and grace in times of need. She multiplied her love and was always there for anyone needing a little extra help. Evelyn placed the needs of others before her own, and taught those closest to her to live their best life. Up until the day she passed away, she never stopped fighting and never lost hope of getting better and going home, to sit in her chair, watch the hummingbirds and drink a glass of Maui Splash! Evelyn will be missed everyday she is not with us, but know in your heart she is looking down on you for the rest of your life. She is already enjoying time with her Mom, Dad, and brothers & other loved ones she has lost, walking on the beaches of Heaven, and enjoying a seat at the table with her Heavenly Father.
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