P. Poor, 94 years young, took the hand of Jesus on Friday, Aug.
17, 2012, in Lenexa, Kan. She entered her heavenly home to live
forever with her loved ones who preceded her in death: her
beloved husband of 54 ½ years, Robert Eugene Poor, who was a
chemist at Spencer Chemical Company for many years; and son,
Donald Eugene Poor.
She leaves behind two children, Roberta Garner (husband, Berl)
and son, Bobby Ray Poor, of Lenexa. She is also survived by
granddaughter, Tanith Reans and three great-grandchildren,
Malayna, Mason, and Landon, all of Tulsa, Okla.
Evalyn was born March 28, 1918, in Springfield, Mo., as an only
child to Harry and Elizabeth (Holcomb) Hood. She graduated from
Picher, Okla., High School and attended Miami Business School for
six months. She and Gene were married in Columbus, Kan. Evalyn
was a stay-at-home Mom to her three children for several years.
She enjoyed participating in many crafts during this time:
sewing, quilting, crocheting, leather work and oil and acrylic
Evalyn was a long-time resident of Baxter Springs, Kan., and
member of The First Christian Church. She participated in
community activities including the offices of Past Worthy Matron
of Eastern Star, Past Chief of Pythian Sisters, Past Noble Grand
of Rebeccas and was Worthy Advisor to Rainbow girls. At the age
of 50, she enrolled and graduated from a licensed practical
nursing program and worked primarily in Joplin, Mo. She
volunteered for several years at St. John's Hospital in Joplin.
Evalyn eventually lost her eye sight and spent her last years in
a nursing home. Her favorite colors were purple and red; her
favorite Bible verse was Psalm 23; her favorite church music was
"Nearer My God to Thee" and "The Old Rugged Cross".
She was entrusted to Derfelt's Baxter Chapel for cremation.
Interment included a remembrance of her life to the family by
Jerry Derfelt at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Okla.