Evelyn Jeanne Pruehsner, 90, of Anna, Ill., born Dec. 8, 1925, in Mill Shoals, Ill., passed away at 12:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at Union County Hospital Long Term Care Nursing Home.
Evelyn was born the daughter of William and Emma, nee Funkhouser, Toombs. Her mother, Emma Louise, passed away when she was four years old. Her father, William O. Toombs married Mary Weatherford who helped raised Evelyn and her siblings. In 1944, she married Leslie C. Pruehsner of Nashville, Ill. They were married seventy years. Leslie passed away in April of 2015 at the Anna Veterans Home.
Evelyn was a 1944 graduate of Anderson High School in Anderson, Ind., and attended college for one year. She was a minister's wife and a great mother to her three girls. Through the years there were many moves to different churches. She also worked 36 years at hospitals, 25 years at Mulberry Manor in Anna, Ill., and 10 years at Target in Florida. She retired at the age of 86.
She attended Tamms Methodist Church. Her church family were very special to her. She loved and served the Lord.
She has lived at the Union County Nursing Home in Anna, Ill., since July 1, 2016. She was provided with the best quality of care there. She loved them all as family. The family would like to say a special thank you to everyone at Union County Nursing Home for keeping her comfortable and giving her such great love and care. A special thank you to Celtic Hospice Care for their loving and compassionate care.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Pruehsner; parents, William and Emma Toombs; step-mother, Mary Weatherford; and a brother, William Toombs Jr.
Surviving are her loving family including three daughters, Carol (Jerry) Bequette of Albers, Ill., Pat (Don) White of Fairview Heights, Ill., and Menda (Rod) Cash of Jonesboro, Ill.; seven grandchildren, David (Angie) White of Mascoutah, Ill., Tammy (Keith) Johnson of Jonesboro, Ill., Kristen (Keven) Templin of Albers, Ill., Rodney Cash Jr. of Murphysboro, Ill., Andrea (Ash) Henry of Collinsville, Ill., Jenny (Jason) Sadler of Jonesboro, Ill., and Melissa White of Glen Carbon, Ill.; a sister, Betty Surber of New Port Richey, Fla.; fifteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; cousins; and many dear and special friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tamms Methodist Church or Preacher's Aid Society & Benefits Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home. To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family visit www.crainsonline.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. Brent Gordon, Rev. Les Sinks and Jimmy Keller officiating. Interment will follow at Anna City Cemetery.
CRAIN FUNERAL HOME, Anna, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Nov. 1, 2016