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GRINDE, Evelyn age 97, died of congestive heart failure on December 13, 2012 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Mark Dues of Beavercreek. She had resided with them since moving here from Whitefish, Montana in 2001. Except for a few years in Canada during WWI and two years in California during the Korean War, Evelyn was a lifelong resident of Montana. She was married in 1939 to Owen, a journalist; and they lived in Butte for 41 years. In addition to becoming a full-time homemaker and raising three children, Evelyn nurtured her passion for the arts by becoming an accomplished potter, sculptor, painter, musician, and seamstress. In 1952 she became a founding member of the Montana Institute of the Arts (MIA) among other art groups in the state. Evelyn greatly encouraged young artists and voluntarily taught art in grade schools and assisted in establishing art competitions. In her later years she also taught adult painting classes in her home as well as in neighboring communities. During this time, she also volunteered her time with church, political, and crisis center activities. Starting in the 1970's she became very interested in genealogy and began to travel extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. When people said, "Come visit me" they were taken seriously. She really was bitten by the travel bug and renewed many friendships while researching her family roots. In 1980, when Owen retired, they moved back to his hometown of Whitefish and built their retirement dream home on Whitefish Lake in the shadow of Glacier National Park. After Owen's death in 1990, Evelyn stayed in their home until her move to Ohio. Those were busy, happy years with Evelyn finding her niche entertaining by playing the piano and organ in various rest homes, hospitals and VA centers in the Flathead Valley. Always interested in young people, Evelyn would present oral history lessons about her life and those of the Native Americans in Montana. When her daughter, Marilyn, taught at Patterson-Kennedy in Dayton, she enjoyed being invited to speak to the students about her life in early-day Montana. These interests in the arts and education continued until her death. She was an active supporter of the DAI and Muse Machine; and enjoyed outings to museums and galleries in Cincinnati and Columbus as well as Dayton. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Carmen and Valli Allison; husband, Owen; son, Paul; brothers Bruce and William. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Mark Dues of Beavercreek; son, Eric, of Stanwood, WA; grandchildren, Elena Dues and Lance and Andrea Grinde, daughter-in-law Nona Grinde and sisters-in-law Ebbe Allison and Leora Grinde as well as many nieces and nephews. In keeping with a life of interest in medicine and serving others, Evelyn has donated her body to the Wright State University Anatomical Gift Program for the purpose of geriatric research. She will eventually be interred with Owen in the VA Cemetery in Columbia Falls, MT. In April, a memorial service will be held at the WPAFB Catholic Chapel where she was the senior member of the congregation. The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Steven Swedlund of Wright State Physicians, Hospice of Dayton, and the Senior Helpers staff who provided care and comfort to Evelyn in her final months. Donations may be made to Hospice, a food bank, or . Condolences may be sent to Marilyn Dues at mldues@ameritech.net.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Dec. 30, 2012
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