Marion “Eloise” Jenkins Evans passed away Friday, April 15, 2016, at RiverOaks Health Campus, in Princeton, IN.

She was born in Wheeling, Indiana on October 20, 1918 to Kate and Marion “Cap” Jenkins. 

She helped raise her younger, but very big brothers, Dale, “Hoss”, Bob, “Chick” and Joe with much pride and joy.  She also loved telling stories of their shenanigans and how they tested her patience growing up on the farm in Oatsville.

She graduated from Mt. Olympus High School and Oakland City Business School.   She worked in factories in Evansville during W.W. II making relays for war related equipment and afterwards was one of the first employees at Potter and Brumfield in Princeton.  She was an active member of The Nazarene Church for decades and loved to sing gospel hymns and help with the Missionary Society.

She married Bob Evans in 1955 and helped raise his two children, Rob and Sandi.  She was grandmother to Rob’s son, Todd and Sandi’s son, Michael whom she adored. 

Eloise also worked in the oil business in Houston, Texas and retired back to Francisco, Indiana and later, Albion, IL.  She enjoyed RVing all over the United States and loved to share her traveling tales.  She was also an avid reader, fantastic seamstress and enjoyed cooking and baking.  Her fried chicken was historic as was her Bob Andy pie and banana pudding.

She is survived by her step children, Sandi (Joel) Jaffe in Houston, TX, Robert Evans in Vincennes, IN and grandson, Todd Evans; brothers, Joe (Peg) Jenkins, Bob (Betty) Jenkins; sister-in-laws, Dona Jenkins, Helena Jenkins and Jackie Jenkins together with many nieces and nephews  and great nieces and nephews, all of whom she was very proud.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, “Hoss”, Dale, & “Chick” Jenkins; and grandson, Michael Gardner.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care afforded by River Oaks Health Campus in Princeton for the past nine years. They never wavered in excellence.

Funeral services will be held at the graveside at the Atkinson Chapel Cemetery in Oatsville, IN at 11:00 am, Saturday April 23, 2016 with Pastor Chris Neikirk officiating.

There will be no public visitation. Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton has been entrusted with the arrangements.