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Evelyn M. Kilgore, daughter of Neal and Ollie Benson, was born January 13, 1930 on a family farm outside of Diagonal, IA.
On November 23, 1946 Evelyn married her sweetheart, Lawrence Kilgore, when he came back from the service. They were married in Troy, KS before moving to North Carolina for a short time. To this marriage was born three children: Larry, Joyce and Shelley.
They moved to Arizona for 30 years where they raised their family. After their 30 year stay in Arizona they moved back to Diagonal and built their house where she retired.
Evelyn loved being a housewife while doing little jobs on the side. She sold Avon for more than 20 years in Arizona, cleaned houses with her sister-in-law, Edna Parker, delivered parts for mobile homes and ironed clothes for people.
Evelyn passed away on September 23, 2020 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Kilgore; her parents; son-in-law; brother; brother-in-law; and two great grandsons.
Left to cherish her memory are her three children Joyce Schad of Creston, Shelley Kilgore of Mesa, AZ, and Larry (Kent) and wife, Melody Kilgore of Diagonal; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren with another one on the way, and 14 great-great-grandchildren with another one on the way; sister, Nina McCall of Lenox; other relatives and friends. A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided.
Services were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in
Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Songs were “You Are My Sunshine” and “Jealous of The Angels”.
Casketbearers were Jason Stamps, Aaron Bethards, Shane Triggs, Skyler Stamps, Ryan Parrott and Jared Hoyt.
Honorary pallbearers were Burt Wright, Kevin McCall and Dan McCall.
Burial was at the Union Cemetery in  Diagonal, IA.

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