KINGSFORD – Evelyn Reynolds, 91, left her earthly life and went to join her eternal family on Sunday, July 3, 2022 in Kingsford.
Born Mary Evelyn Oliver, February 3, 1931, in Kent, Washington, daughter of Frank Oliver and Helen (McCauley) of Scottish and Irish descent. She grew up on a large dairy farm in Prairie, Washington, with her seven siblings.
The family fell victim to the poliomyelitis epidemic and suffered the consequences of death.
Evelyn married Duane Gale Welk on August 27, 1949, in Anacortes, Washington. Their first two children, Karlene Louise (Bill Hall) of Iron Mountain and Steven Lynn Welk of Perris, California, were also born in Washington.
Duane served in the military and was stationed in Southern California. Liking the warmer climate, the family moved south and bought a house in 1959 in Riverside, California. Their third child, Karen Leanne (Efren Collins), was born in California and lives in Nuevo, California.
Evelyn was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed being very active in her family’s life, serving with the church, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the PTO. She remained close to her siblings and their children. She never missed an opportunity to celebrate and affirm them.
Evelyn and Duane bought two 7-11 stores in Riverside. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling in their RV. They were teachers at Perris Lake Campground and the Yai Heki Indian Museum.
Duane died in July 1976. Evelyn married their dear friend, James Reynolds. James and Evelyn enjoyed traveling through Europe, South America and the United States. James’ two sons, their wives and family added to the joy and celebrations of a blended family.
Evelyn lived with her youngest daughter until May 2018, when she decided to bring the family roots back to Michigan, where her parents and grandparents were born. She was proud to be an Upper Michigan resident, fascinated by the four seasons. She spent her last years living with Karlene and Bill. Finally, she was close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Michigan, where she continued to celebrate and love her family.
She was a member of the Maranatha Assembly of God and volunteered weekly with Maranatha Messengers, where she met many valuable new friends.
When asked how she was, she replied: “Well, I’m above the dirt, and I’m waiting to get above the earth.”
Evelyn is survived by her three children; grandchildren, Monique Marie (Joe Nelson) and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois; Danielle Kae Hall and Angelech Louise (Michael Joslin) of Bark River; small children. Aaron Bryce Collins of Anaheim, California and Garrett Michael Collins of Whidbey Island, Washington and two great-grandchildren, Brianna Elizabeth and Caleb William Nelson of Sleepy Hollow; several nieces and nephews; as well as two stepchildren, Scott (Cindi) Reynolds and Mark (Leanna) Reynolds, both of Riverside; and their children and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, siblings and husbands.
Visitation will be held Saturday, July 9 from 10-11 a.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. A Celebration of Life service will be offered Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor David Wilton will officiate. Evelyn will join her husband, Duane, at Riverside National Cemetery in California.
Friends can leave condolences and tributes for Evelyn’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.
The family chose Iron Mountain’s Jacobs Funeral Home & Cremation Services to honor Evelyn’s life legacy.