Evelyn Motell Church Rust, 93, daughter of John and Bernice (Neal) Church, was born March 18, 1927 at Redford, Missouri. She passed away December 12, 2020 at Promenade Health and Rehabilitation in Rogers, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arlie Milam; her parents, John, and Bernice Church; her husband, Leland Doyle Rust; her son, Dwight Milam; her daughter, Betty Jean (B.J.) Milam-Tegtmeyer; her sisters, Melba Rose Frame, Letta Sue Summers, Rebecca Yancey; and brothers, Noah Church, F.M. Church and C.C. Church; and several nephews and nieces.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Deloris Milam-Earnhart and husband Carl of Rogers, Arkansas; her daughter-in-law, Rita Milam of Bucyrus, Missouri; son-in-law, Marlin Tegtmeyer of LaMonte, Missouri; grandchildren, Cindy Berry and husband Craig of Barnhart, Missouri, Christopher Cook of St. Louis, Missouri, Brenda Pitts and husband Jaime Aguanaga of Cassville, Missouri, Linda Thompson and husband Troy of Cassville, Angelia Moore and husband Verlin of Bucyrus, and Regina Creighton of Carrollton, Texas; step grandson, Carl “Butch” Earnhart of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Nichole, Tanner and Landon Berry, Katelyn Pitts and Jaime Aguanaga, Seth and Tristan Thompson, Clayton Moore, Logan and Ashton Creighton; two step great-grandchildren, Dakota Earnhart of Carbondale, Illinois, and Aspen Earnhart-Raulerson of Georgia; one step great-great-granddaughter, Everly Raulerson of Georgia; and many nieces and nephews.
Evelyn grew up during the depression, the second oldest child helping raise the younger ones. Her father was a lumberyard foreman, moving to different areas for the company. She met Arlie Milam of Dongola, Arkansas, on one of those moves. They were married in January 1944 and had three children before his death in February of 1962.
Evelyn moved to Cabool, Missouri, to be closer to her oldest sister and where she found work. She later met and married Leland Doyle Rust and was married for 18 years before his death in 1996. During their marriage, Doyle drove a truck and she would accompany him every chance she could get, traveling all over the US.
During her time living in Cabool when her husband was a Cabool police officer, she was a volunteer auxiliary policewoman.
Evelyn spent over 50 years in the Order of Easter Star where she held several offices.
She spent 14 years working in the Mountain Grove, Missouri, Walmart, where she worked in the fabric department where she loved meeting and sharing stores of quilting and crafts.
Evelyn loved to fish and spent hours after work fishing. She kept a fishing rod and reel in the trunk of her car. Most of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren have followed in her love of fishing.
She loved quilting and made each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren quilts. After retiring from work, she began quilting for others all over the U.S. She was well respected for her quilting abilities and workmanship.
Evelyn loved playing cards and taught several of her grandchildren how to play Rook and UNO.
In 2018 Evelyn moved to Cassville Senior Housing in Cassville, Missouri, where she attended The New Freedom Worship Center in Purdy, Missouri, with her granddaughter Brenda.
Evelyn was well known for the hats she wore and was the proud owner of many. She was in a car wreck in her late 1940s where she sustained a severe head injury leaving a small section of her skull missing. The hats were a way of protecting that area from the hot sun and cold which caused her to have severe headaches.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a Christian and knew the Lord; her faith was strong.
Memorials are suggested to your local food pantry.
Graveside services were held Wednesday December 16, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Emery Cemetery with Wayne Cannon officiating. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Christopher Cook, Craig Berry, Tanner Berry, Carl (Butch) Earnhart II, Clayton Moore, Jaime Lee Aguanaga, and Jaime Aguanaga.