Evelyn grew up in Mountain Grove. She married John Shaw October 31, 1953 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Five children were born to this union. Evelyn had four children by a previous marriage and John had four children, making a total of thirteen children whom she loved very much.
She was a homemaker most of her life. After her children were raised, she worked for Brown Shoe Company for a few years. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens and canned much of her produce. She also enjoyed sewing and was an excellent seamstress.
Evelyn was saved and baptized as a young girl. She enjoyed being very active in church. Evelyn was attending Whetstone Baptist and enjoyed being a part of the congregation as long as her health permitted. She loved to sing and play her guitar, often singing specials at church.
Besides her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, John, on April 24, 2001; three sisters, Dorothy Norton, Lorene Brickell, and Lavond Simpson; one stepchild, Janell Milton; and one grandson, Timothy Noel.
She is survived by four sons, Gary Burch of Joplin, Missouri, Glenn Burch and wife Carrie of Mountain Grove, Eddie Burch and wife Belinda of Springfield, and Steve Shaw and wife Susie of Cuba, Missouri; five daughters, Norma Burch of Joplin, Wanda Noel, Linda Shaw, and Laura Shaw, all of Mountain Grove, and LaVonna Smith and husband Darrell of Springfield; three stepchildren, Richard Shaw of Buena Vista, Colorado, Ron Shaw and wife Connie of Cabool, Missouri, and Sharon Brown and husband Scott of Springfield; one brother, Frank Smith of Mountain Grove; one sister, Marge Ragsdale of Marshfield, Missouri; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives, friends, and church family who will miss her greatly.
Visitation was held Monday, October 30, 2017, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Whetstone Baptist Church, Mountain Grove. Funeral services followed the visitation, also at the church, with Rev. Jason Davis officiating. Song selections were “What A Day That Will Be,” “Beulah Land,” “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “It Is Well,” “Sheltered In The Arms Of God,” and “Amazing Grace.” Deanna Davis and Sheena Jackson served as musicians. Pallbearers were Thomas Smith, Jay Riddle, Travis Shaw, Michael Burch, Brian Burch, Nathan VanderBogart, Logan VanderBogart, Dillon VanderBogart, and Justin Noel. Layne Harker served as honorary pallbearer. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lending Every Amputee Hope Fund or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation c/o the funeral home.