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Evelyn Mary MacFarlin

December 20, 1930 August 10, 2012
Evelyn Mary MacFarlin
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Obituary for Evelyn Mary MacFarlin

Evelyn Mary MacFarlin, a resident of Gaylord, Michigan, formerly of Detroit, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2012 at the age of 81.

Evelyn met her husband-to-be when he offered to give her and her girlfriends a ride home. For their first date, he showed up at her door, looking handsome in his Navy uniform. This was a complete surprise, since she had no idea he was in the military.

Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Denise and Karen. Denise has two children, Joshua and Trisha. Karen and her husband Eric have one child, Chase. Evelyn and Ken loved their family very much, and greatly appreciated the help Joshua and Trisha gave them over the years.

Enjoying boating as an entire family, good times were spent on the boat. Owning a 16' "Blue Chip", a 25" Owens, known as "Denise", a 30' Chriscraft, "Denise II", and a 36' Chriscraft Constellation Sedan, "Denise III", we vacationed as a family. While mom cooked chicken dinner on the rotisserie, we enjoyed swimming on the Canadian side of Lake Huron when dad came home from work. Being afraid of deep water, Evelyn would always go swimming with a rope nearby to grab, just in case it was needed.

Evelyn became adventurous. Despite a fear of heights, she would bravely fly in a 4-seater airplane when Ken got his pilot's license. She also traveled north to their cottage in Rose City on a Honda Goldwing. At the cottage, she would ride snowmobiles and 3-wheelers.

Upon retiring in 1993, they moved to Michaywe in Gaylord. They had fun designing and building their new home together. Making many friends through the years, Evelyn enjoyed bowling on leagues, and was joined by her husband on a league in Gaylord. He became the league president, and Evelyn served as treasurer for many years.

Card games were often played with friends, both the old standards like euchre, hearts, spades and golf, and learning new games as well. The grandchildren looked forward to playing cards with grandma and grandpa on their visits. They would play for hours.

They had poodles over the years. Evelyn's dog Brandy, and Ken's dog, Tiffany were devoted pets. Tiffany would anxiously wait for her owner to return home. In 2012 Tiffany disappeared. Unable to find her, Evelyn took the loss very hard.

In late summer of 2008, Ken was diagnosed with brain cancer. Evelyn lovingly cared for him until he passed away in October of 2009. Saying "It is God's will when he takes us", Evelyn's family is very proud of her. Missing her husband desperately, she learned to take care of their home, and the things that Ken would do.

Confirmation of Evelyn's diagnosis of B Cell Lymphoma Brain Cancer was confirmed between April and July of 2012. Feeling that she was too weak for extensive treatment, doctors recommended hospice. While in Gaylord, she became a hospice patient, then was transferred to Brighton to be with her daughter, Denise and continue in hospice. The hospice staff, Kim and Lisa, gave exceptional, special care to Evelyn's needs. Their help and guidance has assisted the family greatly.

The family extends a special thank you to Eileen and Ron Bacheller who took such good care of Ken and Evelyn through out their illnesses. We also would like to thank Joe and Charlene for driving our mother to our dad's military funeral. The company and emotional support given by them on that difficult day was greatly appreciated.

In addition to her daughters, Denise MacFarlin and Karen (Eric) Michaels, Evelyn is survived by her grandchildren, Joshua, Trisha and Chase, her extended family members and many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd., Holly, Michigan, on Thursday, August 23 promptly at 2:30 PM. For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Brighton at 810-229-2905.


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