Evelyn V. Jelly

February 13, 1925December 7, 2017

Evelyn Jelly, 92, passed away on December 7, 2017. She was born on February 13, 1925 to Bonnie William Vaughn and Hattie Kramer in Corsicana, TX. She was a resident of Texas most of her life, and graduated from Garwood High School and Houston Vocational School. At 19, she married her Angel, Louis I. Jelly, and they enjoyed 56 years together before his death in 2000. She was a stay-at-home mother to five children; David (Cindy) Jelly of Baytown, TX; Linda (Claude) Ashby of Roy, UT; Madaline Pettyjohn Yazell of Albuquerque, NM; Margaret (Robert) Smith of Pocatello, ID; and Kathy (David) Slauson of Lyons, CO.

Evelyn was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings including Relief Society President, Seminary Teacher, and Director of the Baytown Ward Family History Center. She was an avid reader, who enjoyed sewing, and handwork. Genealogy was her lifelong passion. She wrote ten family history books including her own biography. Later in life she spent ten years near Madaline in Albuquerque at Mesa Hills making friends and red riding hood dolls. As she needed more care, David and Cindy opened their home to her. Most recently she lived at Baytown Nursing Rehab Center.

Evelyn is survived by three of her eight siblings, Celestia Montrose of Orem, UT; Bea Gustin of Vernal UT; and Gordon Vaughn of Silsbee, TX.

Family will begin receiving friends on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at Grand View Funeral Home. A graveside service will immediately follow at 1:30pm at Grand View Memorial Park.


  • Visitation

    Monday, December 11, 2017

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, December 11, 2017


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Melanie Ferguson

December 17, 2017

Sister Evelyn Jelly was a great and good influence helping to shape my life for over 50 years. She was truly without guile. Even in her last days struggling for oxygen, she was pleasant and uncomplaining and loving, even to a rambunctious 5-year-old. Her influence will remain with me forever. Until we meet again...

December 17, 2017

Warm Summer Sun

Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.

By Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
The Poetry Foundation

Don Ward

December 11, 2017

I must have been welcomed to your home several hundred times after i was converted to the LDS Church. If it had not been for the Jelly and Nickerson families, i am sure I would have drifted away. Your entire family welcomed me sometimes 7 days a week. Your mom is one of a kind. She was kind, caring, true to her beliefs and welcomed all. She is a true friend and i am so very sorry for your loss, but happy for her because she is now at peace and endured to the end.

December 9, 2017

I remember Evelyn's kindness and generosity, and her wonderful common sense. She will be missed. Your family is in my prayers.

Joanna Gould

December 9, 2017

I have such fond and loving memories of Aunt Evelyn when she stayed with my parents in Bellevue, Washington. It was a great time in getting to know and feel of her warm happy spirit.
Dave & Debbie Liddell
Sisters, Oregon

Colleen Wooten

December 8, 2017

Sister Jelly was a great influence on my life. My Seminary teacher and dear friend. I'll miss her but know she's with her sweetheart. I am thankful for eternal families and we'll see her again. Give Mama a hug for me. Love to the family.