Mary Ann Evelsizer

Mary Ann Evelsizer

FAIRMONT — Mary Evelsizer passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, in Fairmont, Minn., at the age of 84 years. Service of Remembrance was held May 18, 2017, at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson, Iowa. Interment was at Brethren Cemetery, Panora, Iowa. Services were arranged by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Jefferson, Iowa.

Mary Ann Rice Evelsizer was born May 17, 1932, in Guthrie County, Iowa, the second of five children born to Ralph and Thelma (Gander) Rice. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Bagley Iowa High School. That summer, she worked as a nursing assistant at the Greene County Hospital. It was there in Jefferson that she met Jerry and they were married March 4, 1951, at the Christian Church.

Mary born four children (one stillborn), and in 1959 they moved to Des Moines, where her husband began college and then seminary to prepare for the ministry. They served five churches in Iowa before retiring in 1995. They made their home in Ogden, Iowa for 17 years, serving several interim churches before moving to Fairmont, Minn., to be near son, Bob, and his wife, Gwen.

Mary’s primary interest was always her family, and she faithfully assisted Jerry in pastoring. Out of her caring for others, she built a business sharing Shaklee health products.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jerry, of Fairmont, Minn.; two sons, Dennis (Cathy) Evelsizer of Decorah, Iowa, and Dr. Robert (Gwen) Evelsizer of Fairmont, Minn.; a daughter, Diana (Donald) Morgan of Iowa City, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Dan Evelsizer, Vince (Andrea) Evelsizer, Jana (John) Olson, Ross (Laura) Evelsizer, Dr. Stephen (Annie) Evelsizer, Dr. Andrew (Kate) Evelsizer, Sarah (Steve) Gibbs, Aimee Evelsizer, Gina Morgan (fiancé Dan Bartleson), and Lisa (Oscar) Hernandez; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lola Booth of Madrid, Iowa, and Joyce (Edward) Hassing of Randall, Minn.; sister-in-law, Mary Rice of Decorah, Iowa; other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Wilma; son, Stephen; and brother, Larry.