Evelyn Templeton

June 21, 1936February 7, 2021

Evelyn M. Templeton, 84, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at Boone Hospital with her family by her side. Evelyn was born on June 21, 1936 in Joplin, Missouri, to Everett and Wilma Williams. She graduated from Joplin High School in 1954 and married Robert L. Templeton on July 3, 1954.

Evelyn attended State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri, a college she helped bring to the community through her work with the local Jaycees. Evelyn loved spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow up and play sports, she never missed a game. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.

Evelyn is survived by her beloved husband and best friend of 66 years, Robert L. Templeton of Columbia, Missouri; three children, Mark Templeton of Gravois Mills, Missouri, James Templeton (Monet) of Sequel, California and John Templeton (Jill) of Columbia, Missouri; six grandchildren, Adam Templeton (Jennifer) of Sedalia, Missouri, Trent Templeton (Susan) of Rogers, Arkansas, Brittani Templeton of Troutdale, Oregon, Alex Templeton of San Diego, California, Bailey Templeton of Columbia Missouri, Luke Templeton of Columbia, Missouri and six great grandchildren.

Evelyn’s parents and sister (Medora Arnold) preceded her in death.

Per Evelyn’s wishes, no memorial service is planned.

Memorial donations may be made to Evelyn’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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Cindy Bair

February 10, 2021

I will always remember the many garage sales Jill had and Evelyn was always there sitting in a lawn chair helping where she could. She always was so kind and always wore a smile that would brighten anyone’s day. We all loved visiting with her and will miss her dearly. My heart goes out to Bob as I know the heartache he will endure but pray all the years of memories will find him solace. God Bless Cindy Bair

James and Debbie Farnan

February 10, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We have many good memories of visiting in the cul-de-sac, and my kids still talk about how Mr. and Mrs. Templeton always had M&Ms or some other candy in the dish in the living room when they would stopy by when they were small. And we always enjoyed seeing them go for their early dinner dates several times per week along with the weekly trips to the store.

Bob: Please let us know any time if you need anything. We are glad to help.