Evalyn Darger Bennett gracefully passed on December 14, 2022 at the age of 96 at her home with family in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born January 6, 1926 in Salt Lake City, the fourth of five children to Eva Williams and Perry Stanford Darger. She was named after her beloved Mother “Eva,” who was the greatest influence in her life.

Evalyn loved her classmates and made and kept life-long friends. She attended Wasatch Elementary School and helped plan two reunions for childhood classmates. She attended Bryant Junior High School and East High School. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. As an outstanding leader and friend, Evalyn served as President of the Chi Omega Sorority as well as the President of the Associated Women Students at the University of Utah. She excelled as a student, writer, and leader. Her various talents were acknowledged through membership in Spurs, Cwean, Mortar Board, and Beehive Honor Society at the University of Utah.

After college, Evalyn taught Kindergarten at both Uintah and Riverside Elementary Schools in Salt Lake City. Later, she worked as a staff member with the Society and Women’s Department at the Deseret News.

Evalyn married Wallace Reed Bennett on September 9, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. Their incredible union was the beginning of their life together of children, friends, travel, and entertaining. They are the parents of five children: Franklin, David, Marion, Susan, and James. She was an adoring angel mother, champion of good, and silent world changer. Wallace and Evalyn enjoyed an incredible 57 years together before his death July 25, 2010.

As a lecturer, writer, listener, and friend, Evalyn had a meaningful impact on many lives. She was an avid reader and note-taker with “yellow notepad in hand.” Her virtues of wisdom, compassion, strength, and love were her gifts. The importance of giving and receiving love was her essence.

She was a docent for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Utah Symphony Guild, and the Utah Heritage Foundation. Evalyn was always looking out for people, including through volunteering for Hospice of Salt Lake and Listening Post, a crisis hot line. She served on the U of U Alumni Association Board and the University Library Board. In 1993, she was recognized as an outstanding alumna and contributor and was awarded the Merit of Honor Award from the Emeritus Alumni Association, U of U.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a loved teacher in all of the auxiliaries. Her favorite calling was teacher for Blazer B Boys in Primary. She was a member of the Deseret Sunday School Union General Board.

Evalyn loved entertaining and meeting often with friends. She had many groups and associations she enjoyed, including “Pong Tong,” Authors Club, and “Soul Talk.” “Festive Evie,” as her family called her, loved to entertain family and friends at luncheons and dinners. Festive Evie and Jolly Wally enjoyed traveling together with their family around the world, learning about other cultures. She was an enthusiastic and vigorous gardener, making the world a more beautiful place. At Christmas time, her home was filled with the hundreds of Christmas nativity scenes she collected. She was also a member of the national organization, Friends of the Creche. As a writer and journalist at heart, Evalyn felt one of her greatest contributions to her family was “pumping out” a monthly newsletter on her old-fashioned electric typewriter for over 30 years.

Evalyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, various siblings, and in-laws: Josephine Darger Hemingway, Robert Williams Darger, Stanford Parley Darger and sister-in-law Arlene Barlow Darger, and brother-in-law Charles Martin Woolf.

Evalyn is survived by her beloved sister Marion Darger Woolf of Mesa, Arizona. They were best of friends, never missing their Sunday night calls. Evalyn also valued her bond with her sister-in-law Frances Johnson Darger of Salt Lake City, Utah, who survived Evalyn.

Evalyn is also survived by her children: Franklin Reed Bennett and his former spouse Lisa Whiteley, David Darger Bennett, Marion Bennett Mahas & Steven Mahas, Susan Elizabeth Bennett Nichols & Lynn Nichols, all of Salt Lake City, Utah, and James Wallace Bennett & Sara Liu of Monterey, California.

Evalyn’s precious posterity includes 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. They will forever treasure memories of Christmas Eve parties, handwritten birthday cards, and Halloween costume parties with scavenger hunts. Her grandchildren are Claire Whiteley Bennett Adam & spouse Ryan Bruce Adam, Carson Whiteley Bennett & Margaret O’Brien Bennett, Alexander Whiteley Bennett & Emilie Trepanier, Amanda Whiteley Bennett Buchanan & Nate Buchanan; Megan Mahas & Sammy Fan, Michael & Nichole Mahas, Anna Mahas & Milo Williams, Adam & Rebecca Mahas, and Jessie Mahas & Tom Burbank; Natalie Evalyn Nichols & Donald Jones, Jennifer Nichols & Robert Edgel, Stephanie Nichols & Clayson Knight; Madeline Bennett, Audrey Eva Bennett, and Mia Bennett. Evalyn’s great-grandchildren are John, Juliette, Eric, Chandler, Millie Eva, Eleanor, Gretel, Bennett, Abram, Wesley, Georgiana, Caroline, Brooklyn, Luke, Nora Evalyn, Eliza, Emmie, Emma, and James Joshua.

Friends are invited to celebrate her life and 97th Birthday at a party on Friday, January 6, 2023 from 7 to 9 pm at the Foothill Second Ward, 1930 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral services will be at the Foothill Second Ward at 11 am on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah.

For those unable to attend, services will be streamed via Zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83333257142. A free Zoom account is required and you must be logged in to your Zoom account to view.

Evalyn always credited a daily dose of chocolate to her happiness and longevity.

At her request, please consider providing your support for the Lowell Bennion Community Center at the University of Utah. (1-800-716-0377 or https://bennioncenter.org/give/index.php.)

Services

Celebration of Life

Friday, Jan. 06, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Foothill Second Ward
1930 South 2100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Livestream Service

Saturday, Jan. 07, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Funeral Service

Saturday, Jan. 07, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Foothill Second Ward
1930 South 2100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Services Handled By

Larkin Sunset Lawn
2350 E 1300 S
Salt Lake City, UT

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Guestbook

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Bennett-Mahas-Darger-Woolf families,

My family and I regret missing the lunch and services in memory of Aunt Evalyn.

My earliest memories of gatherings with Gram and Papa Stan and Arlene Darger often included Aunt Evalyn and Uncle Wally. Even as a child, I was struck by how much life and vitality and good will Aunt Evalyn especially couldn’t help but spread around herself like satellites in her personal orbit. When she spoke to me it was always with a smile and always on her knees or stooping down so she was at my level, eye to eye. I had no doubts that when she was with me I had her complete attention and she would weigh each thing I said to her with great gravity before responding to me.

I didn’t know then how rare a trait that is on an adult. I always appreciated her kindness and willingness to stop and listen to me, then “sneak” me a sweet and send me off.

Evalyn understood children. One other notable thing I would like to mention about my exceptional Aunt is that try as I might,

I never heard her complain, make disparaging comments, or angry words at anyone. Having been in her home and given her multiple occasion to rightly be mad or complain about something I had broken or played with without permission (in my defense, she and Uncle Wally filled their home with wonderful things that always captivated me as a child!!) she was patient and forgiving. Every time.

I believe I was close to 10 years old before I could even pronounce her name properly

( she always laughed with genuine humor when I called her Aunt Elevelyn or Aunt elephant)

It was my great pleasure to be in Aunt Evalyn’s life, I know first hand what poise and class look like though I don’t often exercise either.

Please know that my life is so much richer for the time she took to indulge and love on a little boy.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and look forward to telling you all so in person and the accompanying hug that I owe to each of you in gratitude for being a small part of a wonderful and loving lady’s life

Love from Will,Julia, Harrison, Evangeline, and Miles Hatch thinking of all of you

Will Hatch Jan 08, 2023

Dear Marion Darger Woolf,

I have thought of you so many times and the good times we had when we were at the U as sorority sisters. I had heard that you had moved our of the city but was hoping I would run into you sometime.

I and sorry to hear of Evalyn's passing. Having lost a dear sister of mine, I know the void it can leave in your life. Both you and Evalyn have been amazing women.

I am the only one of my Chi Omega class that stayed in SL alive and I miss that association.

I hope you are well and you will be able to have a good new year. Love, Marion

Marion Winder Wynn Dec 30, 2022

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