ASHTABULA — Evelyn M. Taft, age 87, of E. 26th St., Ashtabula, formerly of Jefferson, died Friday, August 2, 2013, at the Country Club Retirement Center.
She was born March 9, 1926, in Andover, Ohio, the daughter of Melvin and Louise (Cobb) Eastlake.
Evelyn worked for the Jefferson High School as a cafeteria supervisor for over 30 years before retiring. She enjoyed bowling, camping, playing cards, shuffleboard and needlepoint. She was a snowbird and enjoyed spending her winter months in Florida. However, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life.
She is survived by her children, Cheryl K. (Willie) Meardith of Orlando, Fla., Roberta L. Young of Roanoke, Va., Linda L. (Robert) Langston of Goshen, Ohio, Richard R. (Debra Druhot) Taft of North Port, Fla., Robert C. (Ann) Taft of Jefferson and Carla R. Sires of Everett, Wash.; a sister, Marrietta (Gordon) Totten of Cortland, Ohio; a brother, Charles Eastlake of Chugiak, Alaska; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl R. Taft in 1995; and five siblings.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 7th, at the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene, 55 E. Satin St., Jefferson, with Pastor Shirley Deemer officiating. Burial will take place in Oakdale Cemetery in Jefferson.
Calling Hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Nazarene Church in Jefferson.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to DSAV (Down Syndrome Association of the Valley), 945 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 12, Boardman, Ohio 44512, envelopes will be available at the church. The Jefferson Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson is handling arrangements.
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