After a long, full life, Evelyn Belle Zuch Burton of Brazil, Indiana, formerly of West Terre Haute, Indiana, passed to her eternal home while being comforted by her two children in the late afternoon of Sunday, April 24, 2022. Evelyn was born March 6, 1927, in East Palestine, Ohio, to Samuel Willis and Margaret Belle (Guy) Zuch, their first of four children.
She grew up a country girl, started school at a one room schoolhouse, then graduated from New Waterford, Ohio High School where she enjoyed playing in the school harmonica band. She was active in her local 4H club, serving as president; and espoused “Head, Heart, Hands and Health.” She became a diligent follower of Christ during her teen years, through the ministry of James and Ella Zuch.
Evelyn began nurses training in Youngstown, Ohio with U.S. WW2 Cadet Nursing Corps, which was soon interrupted. She joyously completed her nurses training in her early fifties at Ivy Tech Terre Haute. She ministered as a nurse until her retirement, when she began caring for several relatives.
Evelyn married US Air Force Staff Sergeant Sherman M. Burton in August 1953, moving immediately to Anchorage, Alaska. Upon leaving the Air Force, Evelyn entered the ministry as a pastor’s wife, serving over thirty years in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. She also ministered as an elementary school teacher for several years.
Evelyn is survived by daughter Susan M. Spurrier (Herbert) and son Sherman D. Burton (Anita), three grandchildren, Meagan Light, Matthew Burton, Sean Burton and eleven great grandchildren, as well as her therapy cat, Willow.
“Miss Evelyn,” (as she was known by many in her later days) was thankful to co-minister (even though a patient) with Kindred Hospice and Elder’s Journey. She considered each home visit made to her, all flowers and cards received as “divine appointments.” Among her last bits of wisdom given: “You’re never too old to forgive,” “The Lord bless you and keep you,” and finally “Ta Da!”
According to Evelyn’s desires, cremation will take place and Celebration of her Life will take place at a later date.
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