|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1908|
De Witt County
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 2009|
FARMER CITY - Ruth Evelyn Brownlee, 101, of Bloomington, formerly of Farmer City, died at 11:19 p.m. Friday (Oct. 2, 2009) at Heritage Manor, Normal.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Pastor Mike Jenkins will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Farmer City.
Evelyn was born June 30, 1908, the first child of Walter and Nellie Hadfield Walden, near Solomon. Her mother died when she was 15. She then helped raise her three brothers.
Evelyn married Alvin G. Brownlee on Oct. 12, 1935, in Springfield. They were married for 40 years when Al died Aug. 24, 1975. Surviving are two daughters: Jane (Homer) Brown of Centennial, Colo., and Nancy Barling, Bloomington.
Evelyn and Al lived in St. Louis until 1945, when they moved to Farmer City and Al started a welding business. Evelyn helped him with his business. She was also noted as being an excellent cook and was known for her cherry pies.
Evelyn was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Farmer City, where she was active, serving as Sunday school teacher, church clerk and a member of the Women's Missionary Group. Evelyn's gentle and humble spirit was a powerful witness to her Christ-centered faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a son-in-law, George E. Barling.
Evelyn had many friends and relatives who loved her and will miss her.
Alvin G. Brownlee (1898 - 1975)*
Maple Grove Cemetery
De Witt County
Maintained by: Max Turpin
Originally Created by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Record added: Oct 04, 2009
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