MATTOON -- Evelyn Joyce Gordon 97, of Mattoon, IL formerly of Effingham, IL passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 PM, Friday, September 6, 2019 at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, located at 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938; Pastor Bill Duey will officiate. A visitation will be from 4:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Evelyn was born in Oso, Washington on May 7, 1922, the daughter of the late Frank & Ruth (Houston) Smith. She married Allen Gordon on August 19, 1944 and he preceded her in death in 1949. She then married Donald Gordon on November 10, 1950 and he preceded her in death in 2002.
She is survived by her children, Richard Gordon of Seligman, MO, Sharon Mayhall (Jerry) of Lerna, IL and Nancy Dippold (Allen) of Floyds Knobs, IN; grandchildren, Melissa Gallegos (Dan) of Baltimore, MD, Sharon Gordon (Luke Baker) of Bentonville, AR, Jerry Mayhall (Amie) of Casey, IL, Garret Mayhall (Heather Barr) of Mattoon, IL and Tyler Dippold of Floyds Knobs, IN; eleven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Anelda Gordon of Hillsboro, IL and several nieces and nephews.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her four brothers and one sister.
During WWII Evelyn helped with the war effort and she worked as a painter at the Everett Pacific Company in Everett, Washington, where she painted ships. She was also a telephone operator in Seattle. Evelyn worked as a nurse's aide at Effingham's St. Anthony's Hospital for many years and also at a local nursing home. Evelyn was involved with the Mattoon Area Alzheimer's Association. She enjoyed various exercise classes over the years. She was a member of the Crossover Church in Mattoon.
Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 2524 Farragut Dr. Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704 or the Alzheimer's Association, 3030 N. Hershey Rd., Suite D3, Bloomington, IL 61704.
Please visit www.mitchelljerdan.com or www.facebook.comitchelljerdanfuneralhome to light a virtual candle in her honor or share a memory with the family.