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Earlean Ruth Evans, 81

Earlean  Ruth Evans, 81 years, passed to Heaven on Jan. 10, 2014 at Ozark Nursing & Care Center, Ozark, Mo., with her daughters and family by her side.
Earlean was born Aug. 17, 1932 in McClurg, Mo., (Taney County) to Earl Everett and Opal Roxie (Davidson) Potter. She graduated from Bradleyville High School.
On Sept. 26, 1953 Earlean and Paul G. Evans were united in marriage in Springfield, Mo.  She moved 10 miles up the road to the Crossroads community where she spent the next 55 years on the farm.  To this union four daughters were born: Pamela, Shurdena, LaRaine and Lacey.  Earlean spent the last five years of her life living in town, which she always wanted to do, in Ozark, Mo.
Earlean was a Christian and was a member of the Union Grove General Baptist Church. She worked diligently beside her husband on the Evans farm throughout her life. She spent 12 years as a cook for the Head Start program and eight years as a transportation aide for the Green Valley State School. She was a dedicated housewife and homemaker.
Earlean spent many years as a volunteer for the Roy Booster’s 4-H Club.  She helped many children in the community experience various arts and crafts such as ceramics, decoupage, sewing, canning, and cooking.  Earlean enjoyed many hours with friends as an original member of the Jolly Homemakers Club, and she prided herself on making most of her children’s clothes during their younger years.
Earlean enjoyed going to garage sales, especially with her sister, Sue Valentine, and collecting various items including antique dishes, dolls, stuffed animals, and anything she thought was pretty or a good bargain.  Her home displayed her collections in every room, but her quilting was her lasting legacy over the years. She was devoted to her family, but especially the grandchildren.
Earlean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul in 2003; one sister, Sue Valentine; and two brothers, Claude and Bill Potter.
Earlean is survived by four daughters,  their spouses and children, Pamela and Loren Caswell, Ava, Mo. (Crossroads), Shurdena and Pearl Evans, Strafford, Mo., LaRaine and Scott Bauer with their children, Paul Tillman and Alex Bauer, Nixa, Mo., and Lacey and Kyle Mattheis with their children, Morgan Johnson and Lydia Mattheis, Springfield, Mo.
Earlean is also survived by one great-grandchild, Violet Fay Tillman, born to the union of  Paul and Kayla Tillman.
She left two dear friends behind who called almost daily, neighbor,  Nancy Rector,  and long-time friend, Kay Johnson.  Earlean left this world for her eternal home with her dear friend, Mary Leschinsky, sitting by her side.
Earlean beat colon cancer twice, but the side effects of this disease were too much for her to overcome.  Her daily prayer had become for the Lord to take her to Heaven and give her a job upon arrival.  Today, our Mother is in her Heavenly home, and we have no doubt—she’s hard at work.
Visitation was Sunday from 4  to 5:30 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo. Graveside services for Earlean were Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at 2 p.m., in the Union Grove Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Bill Comer. Memorials may be made to Union Grove Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral