Evelyn Jane Austin Cox, daughter of Emmett and Minnie Wolf Austin, was born east of Princeton, Missouri, on November 29, 1913 and went to be with our Lord in Heaven on December 8, 2010 at Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri, at the age of 97 years and nine days.
Evelyn was converted and became a member of First Baptist Church of Princeton when she was 18. She expressed hope that her family will join her in heaven.
In 1939, Evelyn met Orlie Cox and it was he who gave her the nickname “Jackie” as they played Chinese checkers. They were united in marriage on January 11, 1941. They were married almost 43 years until his death in 1983.
She was a graduate of Princeton High School in 1932, a graduate of Trenton Junior College in 1938 and proudly received her bachelor of arts degree at Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa, in 1963. Evelyn taught in elementary schools in Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri a total of 23½ years. She was a retired senior volunteer at the Bethany, Missouri, Senior Center for 10 years.
In 1994 she moved to Cabool, Missouri, and stayed in her own home until 2005. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidery as well as quilting. When she moved to Landmark Villa in 2005 she enjoyed the activities there, especially bingo, winning prizes to share with her great-grandchildren. She became a resident of Kabul Nursing Home in December 2008.
Evelyn was proud of her teaching career, which began in the one-room school house right after she graduated from high school. She also was proud of her family and gave them each her handiwork of quilts, pillowcases and potholders. Her favorite time was when she could have the family together and serve her always present Jell-O. Evelyn loved to fish in the farm pond with Orlie and the grandkids. Also, living at the farm brought gardening and the breaking of green beans before canning. She enjoyed making peanut butter fudge at Christmas time and sending and receiving Christmas cards.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orlie; a stepson, Phillip Cox; and sons-in-law Bill Everett and Derald Carson.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Jane Carson of Panora, Iowa, Jo Anne Maugh of Rockwall, Texas, and Linda Everett of Cabool; three grandchildren, Allen Carson and wife Karla, Christine Hartley and husband Wesley, and Michael Everett and wife Amy; five great-grandchildren, Kaycee Carson, Kelsey Carson, Madilyn Hartley, Geoffrey Hartley and Tiffany Hartley; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services were at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 13, 2010, at Miriam Cemetery in Bethany, Missouri, with the Rev. Ned Nugent officiating. Services were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cabool United Methodist Church, c/o the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.