Evelyn Clark Everts
1915 - 2014
Evelyn Clark Everts, 99, of Boise, Idaho, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014 of natural causes. She was born January 1, 1915 in Newcastle, Washington to George and Nellie Clark. She was proud of her pioneer heritage on the Washington Coast. Her father died when she was in high school, but Evelyn, ahead of her time, worked her way through the University of Washington, earning a degree in Zoology and a Master's in Library Science. Her first job was as a librarian at Washington State University where she met the love of her life, William (Bill) Everts. They were married Christmas Eve, 1938. They had two daughters, Jan and Barbara. She and Bill lived in several places in Washington until they settled in Boise. Evelyn stayed home and raised the girls while developing many interests and skills. She had a green thumb--an apple orchard to help with finances, her beautiful flower gardens, and a houseful of plants. She learned to ski, which was a favorite family activity, even in her nineties. She loved to swim, also, into her nineties. She never met a person she couldn't teach to swim. She traveled extensively and swam on many continents, and in many different bodies of water, regardless of the temperature. She also made several ski trips with friends, family and the Bogus Basin Ski Club. She rejoined the workforce as a reference librarian at Boise State University, where she retired as Professor Emeritus. She and Bill were avid BSU fans, with season tickets to a variety of sporting events. She and Bill could both root for BSU and avoid arguments about the Huskies and the Cougars. She was a remarkable woman with varied interests, from sports to books to bridge. Her family remembers gathering at her house to leave for Bogus Basin and returning at night to a home cooked meal, and sourdough waffles to start off the next day. She wanted written on her tombstone, "what time and how many"; she never knew who would be at the table or when they would get home, but she was ready to feed them when they came.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister, Irene Clark and brothers, Tom and Walter Clark. She is survived by her daughters, Janet Ford and Barbara (Edward) Arndt; grandchildren: Mike Ford, Sarah (Tom) Satterlee, Beth (Enoc) Lopez, Brenda Ford, Tom Ford, Josie Ford, Ali (Bill) Shearer, Alissa Arndt, Alison (Jason) Arndt-Wild and Adam (Mary) Arndt, as well as many great and great-great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, August 24 and a memorial service will be held at the same location Monday, August 25 at 1 p.m.
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel
5400 Fairview Avenue Boise, ID 83706
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 23, 2014