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Friday September 25th, 2020
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Evelyn Kilgore

Evelyn M. Kilgore, daughter of Neal & Ollie Benson, was born January 13, 1930 on a family farm outside of Diagonal, Iowa.

On November 23, 1946 Evelyn married her sweetheart, Lawrence Kilgore, when he came back from the service. They were married in Troy, Kansas before moving to North Carolina for a short time. To this marriage was born three children: Larry, Joyce, and Shelley.

They moved to Arizona for 30 years where they raised their family. After their 30 year stay in Arizona they moved back to Diagonal and built their house where she retired.

Evelyn loved being a housewife while doing little jobs on the side. She sold Avon for more than 20 years in Arizona, cleaned houses with her sister-in-law Edna Parker, delivered parts for mobile homes, and ironed clothes for people.

Evelyn passed away on September 23, 2020 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Kilgore; her parents; son-in-law; brother; brother-in-law; and two great grandsons.

Left to cherish her memory are her 3 children Joyce Schad of Creston, Shelley Kilgore of Mesa, Arizona, and Larry (Kent) and wife Melody Kilgore of Diagonal; 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren with another one on the way, and 14 great-great-grandchildren with another one on the way; sister Nina McCall of Lenox; other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided.

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I am in assisted living in Creston and unable to come to the service. I felt bad when I heard on KSIB of Evelyn's passing and I wasn't able to come to the service. Evelyn was always part of my family when she married Lawrence, my cousin.She and Lawrence were always important in my family. I felt bad about hearing she passed and that it has been so long since I saw her.

My daughter, Charlotte, is typing this for me.

Eloise (Kilgore) White

Charlotte Herrman Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

What a beautiful lady inside & out Evelyn was a genuine sweet person who always took time to visit with me. She always had a big smile & bright pretty eyes. I enjoyed helping her at Mount Ayr Health Care Center & also her husband at their home for a short time. I was also proud that she was my Step-Grandma Im thinking of all her family and I hope your loss/grief will be a bit easier as you think of all your great memories of your loved one. God Bless you all Brenda Schad

Brenda Schad Sep 25 2020 12:00 AM

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