Evelyn Arneson was born September 28, 1915 in Gary, South Dakota. She studied piano while going to school and eventually became an accomplished pianist.
In 1941 she married Keith Arneson and moved to Louisville, Kentucky. She soon landed the job of head cashier in a major department store while her husband was in the Coast Guard. After World War II, they moved west to Portland and later to Eugene. Keith Arneson died in 1976.
Evie, as her friends called her, was a member of the Civic Music Association and she played piano on Sundays for local churches. She worked for over 40 years at Dick's Machine Shop as secretary-bookkeeper and did not retire until she was 79.
In later years Evie traveled extensively to New York in the spring, Paris in the summer, and Miami Beach in the winter. She loved side trips to Martinique the Bahamas, and French St. Martin. Evie's favorite city in the U.S. however was "the city that care forgot," New Orleans, and she always longed to return.
Her son Jacque R. Arneson has enclosed a poem written for his mother by Dorothy Becker Akana:
I have a friend called Evelyn,
A friend whose friendship I revel in.
We break our backs three times a week
To keep our bodies young and sleek.
But after the fray we get away
To share a cup of café au lait
In the very "in" spot,
We drink it while it's hot,
Sometimes with others
But sometimes not.
We have a ball whenever we go out;
We're VIPs and we surely have clout;
The locals know it when they see it;
Well, they may know it, but they can't be it!
The thing that makes my friend so sassy
Is the fact that she knows she's downright classy!
There will be a Celebration of Life
for family and friends at a later date.Please sign the guest book at www.registerguard.com/legacy
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Dec. 2, 2012