Evelyn “Eve” Ruth Kelley was born on August 04, 1935 in Sumner, Illinois to Gilvie and Edna Lancaster the fifth of 9 children. Eve was called home to be with the lord from her home in Patterson, CA on July 05, 2013.
Eve was just shy of 78 years young. Eve is survived by her children, Mary Evelyn(Larry)Blackburn of Nicolas, CA , Charles Joseph(Aida)Kelley of Michigan, Lisa Ann(Tim)Lacross-Kott of Sacramento, Timothy John Kelley of Michigan, David Matthew Kelley of Modesto, Stephannie Diane(Jesse)Sandoval of Merced and Scott Alan Kelley of Michigan. Grandchildren, Christopher ,Richard, Jeremy, Charlie, SaraLeann, Tarren, Krista, Alicia, Stephanie, Britany, Ian, Ashley, Taylor, Amy, Hayden and Melanie as well as 10 great grandchildren and her Brothers , Delbert Lancaster of Illinois, Gary Lancaster of California, Roy and Donna Lancaster of Illinois and Donald Lancaster of Illinois and many nieces and nephews.
She is proceeded in death by her Father Gilvie, Mother Edna, Sisters Mary Heath (Roger) and Lois, and brothers Lloyd and Cloyd and Charles(Grace) Lancaster and dear friend Agnes.
Eve Graduated from Sumner High School in 1953 and found work as a waitress until she relocated to Burlington Vermont with her sister Mary and found work at Howard Johnson’s. It was there that she met her husband, Charles J.Kelley (Head Chef) and they were married in 1956 and moved to New Hampshire where the first two of their seven children were born, Mary Evelyn and Charles Joseph. Work was scarce so they relocated back to Illinois where Lisa Ann, Timothy John, David Matthew and Stephannie Diane were born. Another move was in store for them, this time to California in 1967 to Thornton where she served as President of the PTA and a Campfire leader where she enjoyed taking her troops to the Hershey’s Chocolate factory in Oakdale. After experiencing several floods in Thornton they were off to Sonora where Scott Alan was born in 1971. There she worked as a waitress at the Manor House and also attended Columbia College.
They relocated to Turlock in 1976 where she went to work as a waitress for Latif’s restaurant where she remained for 12 years. She was a member of the Newcomers Club and enjoyed bowling at Divine Gardens. Evelyn and Charles divorced in 1981 and during this time she achieved her Real Estate License and worked part time for Arbor Realty and remained full time at Latif’s where she met Ivan Jurevich the love of her life and moved to Patterson where she remained until her passing. Eve also worked during this time as a dietary aide in Napa until she retired in 1998. She would not stay fully retired as she donated her time to AARP during tax season.
Eve enjoyed writing poetry, playing the piano, knitting and crocheting and assembling puzzles in record time, often times in one day and playing games on her computer. Eve will be remembered for her honesty, integrity and genuine kindness for others.
Eve’s daughters Lisa and Stephannie would like to thank the Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson for their kindness as well as a special thank you to the Jurevich family for their support and compassion on the loss of our Mother. There will be no funeral arrangements, instead the family asks that you donate to a charity of your choice.
A poem by Eve Kelley
“If your world seems crowded and your view is not so good,
Just move around and make new friends, Share life, love and food,
Give your life some playtime, Work is fine, that’s true,
But the little child within us, Needs to come out too. Enjoy Life"