Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 02, 2004
OBITUARY - EVELYN LUCILLE (EURITT) PRATT CARSON
April 11, 1921 - November 23, 2004
Evelyn Lucille CARSON, a longtime resident of Brookings [South Dakota], died on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at her home in
Brookings after a long and valiant struggle against Alzheimer disease. She was 83 years of age.
Funeral services will be
2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 27, 2004, at First Baptist Church in Brookings, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitations will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday at Eidsness Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First
Baptist Church or to the Paul and Evelyn CARSON Scholarship at SDSU.
Evelyn was the daughter of Everett and Bernice
(LAIRD) EURITT. She was born on April 11, 1921 on her parents farm south of Kellerton, in Ringgold County, Iowa. She grew
up and attended school in Mount Ayr, Iowa where she was an excellent student and talented high school debater, being
recognized at the State level. She attended Northwest Missouri Teachers College in Marysville, Missouri. In 1939 she
started teaching in one-room, eight-grade level county schools in Southern Iowa, and later in Lebanon, Oregon.
Evelyn married Paul PRATT. They had two daughters, Karen Ann and Connie Jo. They lived in Oregon for several years until
the marriage ended. Evelyn returned to Iowa, taking a job with Rural Electrification Agency (REA).
In the summer of 1952
an old college friend, Paul CARSON, stopped by her office and asked her out for coffee. As he so fondly says the rest is
history. They were married one year later. They made their home in Brookings where Paul was a member of the SDSU faculty.
Together they welcomed 2 more children to the family, Paula and Brent.
On June 29, 2003, they celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary. Most of those 50 years they spent in Brookings with opportunities for travel and adventure
interspersed in between which Evelyn loved. They returned to Iowa State University in Ames for 2 years, and lived in
Bogota, Colombia, for 2 years and Gabarone, Botswana, for 2 years.
Evelyn was a devout Christian with an unwavering faith
in God. Towards the end of her life she found great comfort in the music of the church. She still remembered and was able
to sing every word of every verse of all the old familiar hymns. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and
especially enjoyed the Baptist Womens Group. She was also a member of the Brookings Hospital Auxiliary, the South Dakota
State College AAUW, the Crafts Group and the Saturday Literary Club (that meets on Tuesday). She enjoyed the many happy
times she spent at neighborhood coffee parties, bridge playing, antiquing, crocheting, cooking, fishing, entertaining,
and gardening. She was a good friend and neighbor and a wonderful wife and mom who will be greatly missed by all of us who
loved her so much.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, Paul, of Brookings; three daughters, Paula CARSON of Brookings, SD,
Connie Jo (Danny) KEEVER of Gladstone, Missouri; and Karen Ann HAMPTON of Vancouver, Washington; one son, Brent (Deb)
CARSON of Ft. Collins, Colorado; one sister, Margaret CAMPBELL of Mt. Ayr, Iowa; seven grandchildren and eleven
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth, and two brothers, Marion and Donald.
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