Evelyn Mary PETTY

December 16, 1930January 17, 2021

Evelyn Mary (Carey) Petty peacefully passed away at her home surrounded by family on January 17, 2021. She was born on December 16, 1930 in Wapato, to Art and Louella (Weeks) Carey. She was delivered by her grandmother who was a midwife.

She was raised in White Swan, Washington. She attended and graduated from White Swan High School, where she was in drill team, girl’s chorus (she even used to sing on the radio), was a class officer, and a majorette. She graduated in 1949, and then her and two other girlfriends moved to Yakima to attend Yakima Business School until she earned her degree two years later. While in school, she held odd jobs that she always got to by foot.

In 1950 Evelyn married her husband, Dale Petty who she met in high school. They moved on the farm and started a family.

She attended LaSalle College for five years and earned a degree in Interior Designing. Then she got a job at Standard Paint as their interior decorator. She would also teach interior decorating and fine dining classes at her home. Interior Designing was her passion, anyone that saw her home would want her help to decorate theirs.

While her children were in school in Harrah she was part of PTA and was President of 32 schools before they moved to Yakima in 1970. She was in the Women’s Club/Sorrel Club in Harrah and even continued participating after moving to Yakima.

In 1992 they moved out to West Yakima, where she spent the remainder of her life and continued as a freelance interior decorator and caterer.

Preceded in death by her parents Art and Louella Carey, sister Marlene Carey, brother Ed Carey, sister Nadine McLavey, brother Dan Carey, brother Mike Carey, and husband, Dale.

She is survived by son Kimbol Petty, daughter Eva (Petty) Kaiser, grandchildren Kaz Kaiser, Eliza (Petty) Radke, Mark, Kimberly Petty, Karla (Kaiser) Brown, and Dally Ty Petty, great-grandchildren Cheyanne, Whitney and Natalie (Flournoy), Alex Petty, and Kali and Kassidy Kaiser, and brother Tom Carey of Lodi, California, sister-in-law, Rosie Evans, as well as many nieces and nephews.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 29, 2021


Evelyn Mary PETTY

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Debbie Fazzino

January 28, 2021

Aunt Evelyn you were the Matriarch of our family and we all looked to you for insight and history of our family! I have so many cherished memories when our family came from California to Washington for Christmas and summers for many many years! As an adult visiting Washington I would always end my trip by spending my last day and night with you and your family for a great send-off back home, thank you! You are missed and God bless our family during these difficult time's! Rest In Peace my dear aunt!

Kristi Evans

January 24, 2021

Everyone was welcome at the Petty household! Aunt Evelyn always had a houseful of family and friends. Her holiday get togethers were amazing, but you it didn’t have to be Christmas to be invited to a scrumptious dinner. Dining tables were set up all over her house so you always had a seat at the table. RIP my dear Aunt and give that old cowboy a hug from Twisty Pants when you see him.

Stephanie Yates

January 24, 2021

I am going to miss this amazing woman so much! She was my great aunt, my papas sister. She was more like a grandmother to me and I am so very grateful for the love and care she gave to me. I will miss her wit and I will miss her stories 😢 may you rest in peace sweet lady and thank you for always loving me ❤

Alex Petty

January 22, 2021

I am going to miss my great grandma she was so sweet to everyone i remember me and her would wake up at 6 am and read the news paper and then go to town and sometimes me and her would go get ice cream to enjoy the day that is my favorite memory about her im going miss her i hope she is happy with my great grandpa R.I.P

Joanne Lundberg

January 21, 2021

Rest in peace Evelyn. Our prayers and condolences to the family.
You will be missed.

Joanne Lundberg/Jimmie Walker.