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Evelyn Pauline (Pray) Beeler

January 31, 1919 - January 19, 2019

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 31, 1919, Evelyn grew up in the early days of the automotive industry.  She always remembered the excitement she felt when she saw an automobile for the first time!
After graduating from Clawson High School Evelyn soon married Lawrence "Jack" Beeler, who worked for Pontiac Motors.  During World War II they built their house with hand tools, as power tools were not available during the war due to gas rationing. They lived in their little house on Renshaw Street for 74 years, raising four children--Dawn, Deanna, Bud and Alan.
Evelyn was the "neighborhood mom," always welcoming her children's friends.  The side yard was a softball diamond in summer and an ice rink in winter.  The basement was a practice area for her sons' bands.
In retirement Evelyn and Jack traveled to all 50 states, visiting all the National Parks.  Evelyn was an adventurer at heart, still hiking a slot canyon at age 98.
A few days before her 100th birthday, Evelyn passed away peacefully of heart failure.  Surviving her are her children--Dawn Marges, and Deanna, Bud and Alan Beeler, eleven grandchildren and seven great grands.
Evelyn’s life will be celebrated privately by family and friends on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  Donations in her honor may be made to the charity of your choice.


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I wrote this memory on a card for her whichwill arrive tomorrow if it has not yet.  In 1087 I was a nurse in the OB dept. where Deanna birthed her first baby.   It seemed to me every grandmother in that day was 40 years a child my grandmother was 75 when I was born so when Evelyn came to visit my first thought was.... now this is a GRANDMOTHER!!  I never forgot that image of her holding that bundle of a baby.   So sorry she will miss her party but can’t help but believe she will be there in spirit.   

Carry on, Evelyn! Bob

Evelyn was a special long-time friend of our family and a wonderful, caring friend to my late mother, May Downing.  We got to spend a lot of time with this sweet woman through the years.  I am glad that she was able to live enjoy a long life.  Our condolences to all her children. Thank you for posting the local obituary.  The Downing family.

I will always be with you. Your star is fixed in my sky.
Goodnight, sweet princess.

Evelyn was a wonderful friend to us Downings.  She could even calm my redhaired mother!  She shared an interest in geology with me and gave me a tin of assorted stones before she left for Oregon.  It is sitting on my desk as I write this.  We were lucky to know her,  Godspeed to Heaven Evelyn!

Jan Downing

How thankful we are to have had you as Grandma (and Great Grandma)!  We will always remember your warm smile and kind heart.