MARSH—Evelyn Ann Marsh, born May 28, 1930, passed away April 19, 2021.
Evelyn was beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Evelyn died peacefully after a bad fall, at the age of 90, on April 19, 2021.
She was at her home in Portland with family members at her side.
Her partner of 70+ years, Owen, had passed just three months earlier.
A third generation Californian, Evelyn was born an only child in North Hollywood to parents Eva and Hurfey Hadlock. She grew up there, among a loving extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in the surrounding area; several ancestors being original Anglo settlers in the southern Californian area.
Meeting her life-long sweetheart Owen early in high school, they married in 1950 and celebrated 70 loving years together last August.
Settling in the San Fernando Valley, she and Owen had two children, daughter Cheri and son Randy. Sadly, Randy died a young adolescent — an accidental death that Evelyn mourned deeply the rest of her life.
A baby boy, Scott, was adopted in 1967. After experiencing such a positive adoptive experience, she was an inspired volunteer for Children’s Home Society for over two decades, committed to supporting this organization that cares for parents and children through the adoption process.
A consummate homemaker in the best sense of the word, not only did she make a home and dedicate her life to her family, she did it with gusto and artistry. She thoroughly enjoyed entertaining, gaving great dinner parties and fun, large events her whole life.
A marvelous cook and baker, you were lucky to have tasted her delicious lasagna or famous brownies.
Evelyn had a spark in her eye and a wit to her tongue up through her last days, and she is remembered for her robust laugh. Quick to speak her mind, she wasn’t one to hold back and didn’t suffer fools lightly.
She was known as “E.A.”, “Mary Agnes”, “Louise”, “Nippy” and specially “George” by her adoring husband Owen, who had a penchant for nicknames.
They had called each other “George” since high school; she was “Lil George” to his “Big George.”
Nature was a passion for her. There wasn’t an animal that didn’t love her, as she did them. Nor was there a plant that she couldn’t grow, always growing masses of flowers and surrounding their family homes with an artistic landscape.
An avid bird watcher her whole life, she could identify all kinds and delighted in tracking them outside her windows and on their many travels.
When Owen retired in 1991, Evelyn and he moved to Florence, Ore. There, they built a beautiful home as some of the first residents in Florentine Estates, cultivating a warm circle of friends in the neighborhood and surrounding community.
Evelyn took to her new hometown with zest, joining the Florentine Bridge Club and supporting the neighborhood in many ways. Taking pleasure in the gardens around town, she became an active member of the Florence Garden Club, finding much joy in the many friendships she made there and propagating countless plant starts for their infamous plant sale.
Owen and Evelyn sold their treasured home in Florence in 2019, relocating to Portland, Ore., to live with their daughter Cher and her husband Ric Levendosky, and to be near grandchildren Yara and Aram and their spouses Julio and Mattie, along with great-grandchildren Omar, Lucia, and Vera.
Evelyn is also survived by son Scott.
Upon hearing of her death, various stories came to the family of Evelyn’s warm and welcoming spirit, and her little and big kindnesses to many, for which she will be fondly remembered.
In remembrance of Evelyn’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations may be made to the Florence Garden Club Scholarship Fund (mail to 75 Shelter Cove Way Florence, OR 97439), a cause of which she was particularly proud.