Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Jane Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. There will be a family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. at the church on Friday. Visitation with the family present will be on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Evelyn was born September 15, 1927 at rural Holstein to Carl and Paula (Bumann) Kay. She attended Griggs No. 1 Country School and graduated from Holstein High School in 1944. She had worked at Council Oak Store in Cherokee and at Sorensen Produce in Holstein prior to her marriage. She was married to Willard F. Carlson on February 12, 1948 at St. John's Lutheran Parsonage in Storm Lake, Iowa. Evelyn was a homemaker and she also provided lunches for the customers at Hope's Fashion Farm for several years. She enjoyed traveling, going to auctions, antiques, flowers, gardening, baking, the outdoors and listening to Lawrence Welk and Guy Lombardo.
Evelyn lived in Cherokee, moving to Colorado in 1972 where her husband worked in the construction business. The couple returned to Cherokee in 1988. She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, worked with the altar guild of the Church, Women's ELCA, the Bon Vista Club, 500 Card Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Willard on April 11, 2008, two sisters and their husbands Minnie (Jess) Williams, Edna (Ray) Nelson, a brother Walt Kay, and a brother-in-law Paul Ford.
She is survived by her four children: Jean Lenz and her husband Jerry of Loveland, Colo.; Patty Herrmann and her husband Mike of Norwalk; Barb Andersen of Norwalk; Dave Carlson of Berthoud, Colo.; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two brothers and sisters-in-law Herbert and Joyce Kay of Holstein; Alvin and Donna Kay of Sioux City; one sister, Irene Ford of Holstein; two sisters-in-law Lorraine Kay of Holstein, Betty Carlson of Chicago, Ill.; also several nieces and nephews.