Evelyn Elliott, 99, passed away on New Year’s Day. She was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Independence, to Alfred and Emma (Schmidt) Yungen. She grew up on their dairy farm and spent summers picking hops.
After graduating from Independence High School, she attended Linfield College for two years and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State College (now OSU) in 1941.
Evelyn married Kenneth Elliott on Feb. 7, 1943, at the First Methodist Church in Dallas. On their farm, known as Elliott Farms, she was the bookkeeper who also helped out on the farm — especially during prune and cherry harvests when she weighed boxes and paid the pickers. She became friends with many of the employees, pickers, and her local prune customers.
Evelyn’s life was centered around her husband and four children — and then grandchildren and great-grandchildren — who have fond memories of time spent with her on the farm.
She was a 4-H Club leader; judged Dallas High School speech tournaments; enjoyed gardening, baking and reading newspapers; and traveled to all 50 states.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, with whom she shared 59 years of marriage; her sister, Elsie Foster; and her brother, John Yungen.
Evelyn is survived by her children Jane McCormack (Curt), of Keizer, Kay Hand (Mike), of Tigard, Mark Elliott, of Lincoln City, and Bruce Elliott (Chris), of Dallas. Other survivors include grandchildren Stacey McCormack (David), of Tigard, Kerri Lee (Andrew), of Lake Oswego, Karen Davidson (Victor), of Tigard, Cheryl Landazuri (Carlos), of West Linn, Erin Elliott, and Zachery Elliott, plus seven great-grandchildren.
Evelyn lived at Avamere’s Residential Care Facility in Keizer the last five years of her life.
The family will be remembering her at a large family gathering this summer. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is assisting the family. www.dallastribute.com