Born Ada Evelyn McLaughlin on November 10, 1919, in Madison, Indiana, to Virgie and Robert E. McLaughlin, Evelyn passed away on December 28, 2012, in Poway, California. Evelyn was a former Miss Madison beauty queen, a member of the Torrey Pines Christian Church, and a longtime resident of La Jolla.
Evelyn graduated from the Indianapolis Business College and then worked for Indiana Bell Telephone. When her two brothers joined the Army
in World War II
, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. In the Corps she traveled and sang with a trio for the soldiers. After moving to La Jolla in 1947, Evelyn devoted her time to her family and various community activities. When she returned to work, she applied her secretarial skills at the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Veterans Administration.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her former husband, Dr. Orville M. Graves Jr.; and by her brothers, James R. McLaughlin of Greensburg, Indiana, and Jack McLaughlin of Eminence, Kentucky. Evelyn is survived by her sisters, Suzanne Green and Janet Power, both of Greensburg; two sons, Robert of Poway and Thomas of La Jolla; three granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and by her close friend, Richard Brower.
Family services will be held in Greensburg, Indiana, at a later date.