September 11, 1935 – April 1, 2021
JoEllen Evans (85) of Fort Wayne, Indiana was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on April 1,2021. She was born JoEllen Yohey on September 11, 1935 in Fort Recovery, Ohio. After graduating from Fort Recovery High School, her mother helped her move to Fort Wayne to work at Lincoln Life. While there, she made many friends with whom she enjoyed playing pinochle with during lunch breaks. A lifelong member of the church, JoEllen established herself at the Southside Church of Christ.
On March 6,1955,as she was walking out her door to attend church services, she heard God tell her that she was going to meet someone special that day. And she did. She met Royce Evans, the love of her life. Their first date was seeing a Disney nature film, where Royce knew she was "the one" because she seemed to enjoy popcorn as much as he did. She knew he was "the one" because he made a joke about a fly trying to hatch a bird's egg. They were married less than seven months later on October 1, 1955. Together they raised a family of three girls.
They lived a life full of love and everyday adventures, often taking plane rides with Royce as pilot. JoEllen particularly enjoyed their trips to Hawaii, where they would walk on the beach at sunrise, and an RV trip out west, where she marveled at the size of redwood trees.
Later in life, JoEllen was always willing to welcome her grandchildren into her home for sleepovers. She made it a priority to attend the events of both her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She loved animals. Throughout her life, there were always animals in her home -rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, dogs, and cats. She never met an animal that she couldn't charm. Her beloved dog, Scamper, was by her side every day.
She enjoyed gardening and always grew beautiful flowers. She liked to watch birds and could identify them all. JoEllen appreciated beauty, and was able to see it in even the most humble things.
Her kitchen specialty was pistachio pudding, which was devoured at potlucks and parties. She and Royce also canned their own special spaghetti sauce using tomatoes from their garden.
She always wanted to look her best, and enjoyed wearing glamorous clothes. She loved all things leopard print.
JoEllen was gifted with a gentle and kind spirit. She was a very attentive listener, and could always offer wise words to anyone seeking her counsel. She faithfully sent birthday and thank you cards. She always made sure that those around her knew how much they were loved.
Most importantly, JoEllen was a woman of great faith. She lived out that faith in simple everyday actions. She believed it was important to share God's love with others, and did so herself by teaching children and women at church. She prayed for and praised God for all her many blessings. Her heart and eyes were open to God's work in her life.
JoEllen was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Minnie (VanKirk) Yohey, and by her brothers Orville and Howard Yohey. She is survived by her loving husband ,Royce; by her sister, Lois Linnemeier; by her three daughters, Cheryl (Thayer) Salisbury, Sandra (Robert) McCurdy, and Kelly Jo (Daniel) Ealey. Also left to fondly remember her are her grandchildren, Joseph (Jennifer), Kelcy, Preston (Brittany), Mark, Crystal (Garth), Arielle (Jose), Laurel (Bernt), Audrey (Steven), Natalie (Lucas), Brittany, and Christopher; and her 21 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 10 at East Allen County Church of Christ at 12:00 pm with a visitation from 10:00am-12:00pm.
In honor of JoEllen's memory, plant a lush flower garden, pay attention to the birds flitting around your yard, snuggle your pet, give your loved ones extra long hugs, rub a baby's back, read a good book, snack on popcorn, send a note to a loved one. And if you really want to celebrate her life, go to church this Sunday and walk with God every day of your life. Nothing could bring her more joy than the assurance that all her friends and family will be joining her in Heaven with Jesus some day.
Donations in JoEllen's honor may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, African Textbook Ministry (http://flanderscofc.com), or Huntington County Right to Life, Inc.
- Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana
- African Textbook Ministry
- Huntington County Right to Life, Inc.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
April 12, 2021
Jerry and I will always remember the good times we had with both of you, especially going out to eat and telling stories of our lives , and how Jo ellen and Dottie and I met at QDP and also Stumps. I made two of the best friends of my life at these places. Royce and Jerry must have heard all of our stories about working at Stumps a million times, but left us tell them again and again and our dislike of our boss "Shep". I'll bet that between the three of us his ears had to be burning 24 hours a day.HA! God blessed Jerry, Dottie and me with truly great friends in Royce and JoEllen. We will always remember her with very great fondness and thankfulness to God for her friendship.
April 9, 2021
We grew up with the Evans family. They were always a part of our lives at church. One vivid memory I have of JoEllen was when she and the family were over for supper. I remember being fascinated watching her (and her girls!) eating the fried chicken with a fork and knife while we "barbarians" picked it up and at it off the bone. I mentioned it to my mom after they went home, and she just smiled and said, JoEllen is always a lady and she is raising her girls to be the same. I always admired how calm she seemed through all the things that life threw her way. She was truly a gentle soul, and loved by all.
April 7, 2021
Jo Ellen was a real lady. She was always kind and sweet to everyone.
April 7, 2021
Royce and JoEllen are very special to me. Wilbur and I would go over and visit and eat lunch and watch a funny video (Christian comedy) we all had a great time laughing. I also enjoyed playing with scamper. They gave me a great recipe for tomato sauce . Royce showed me the right way to cut a pineapple. JoEllen will be truly missed. They both give the greatest hugs.
April 6, 2021
Mr and Mrs Evans always welcomed their children’s friends at anytime. Mrs Evan was a gentle and quiet individual. She was a lovely Godly woman who is now enjoying her reward. Praying for all of you, during this time.
April 5, 2021
JoEllen was our neighbor in New Haven. Our families also attended the same church, so there was a very close bond. So many memories with our families! I often played with Kelly. JoEllen would be waiting on the other side of the highway to help me cross and walk me back to help me go home. My heart goes out to the family. She was a precious soul and now she is watching her garden grow and playing with all the animals. Love to you all!