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Evelyn Lois Coy


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Evelyn Lois Coy Obituary
Evelyn Lois Coy August 19, 1921 - March 18, 2018 San Diego Evelyn was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 19, 1921. She first worked at Sears, Roebuck, and Company as comptometer operator. She was devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor, so on her 21st birthday, she joined the US Navy Waves over her mother's objections. After training, her first and only duty assignment was in Washington D.C. She lived in a compound that was surrounded by 12 ft. electrified fences and guarded by Marines. The compound contained barracks, offices, and a chapel. She had a top secret clearance and could never tell anyone about her work. Her parents became worried when the FBI began talking to their neighbors. It took 50 years to declassify her work. Her official title was cryptologist and she worked with the U.S. Navy Cryptanalytic Bombe breaking enemy code. One of the greatest events in her life was having tea in The White House with Eleanor Roosevelt. She was very proud of her military service. In 1945, she married Lyman Coy in the chapel on the compound. After her discharge, they moved to Salinas, CA. Their only son, Barry, was born in 1946. In 1953, her husband was transferred to a new duty station in San Diego, CA. After a short time in San Diego, she decided to stay there for the remainder of her husband's Navy career. In 1955, Evelyn started working for the City of San Diego. Her career at the City lasted 21 years. During that period, she worked for the City Treasurer, Planning and Zoning Departments. She was still getting together with coworkers years after retiring. After her retirement, she picked up the game of golf. She belonged to the Torrey Pines Ladies 9-Hole Club and played 2-3 times a week. After her husband retired, they did some traveling together, but it was limited due to his health issues. Her husband passed away in 1985. She loved to travel, so she was always recruiting friends as travel companions. One of her visits was to the compound where she lived and worked during the war. She was active in her church, PLCPC, where she was a deacon. She participated in many of the volunteer programs. She was active in several veteran organizations such as Silver Salts and WAVES National. She worked with the Veteran's Museum in Balboa Park to create informational displays on woman veterans. She helped put pillows together for service personnel to make their flight more comfortable. Evelyn passed away on March 18, 2018 after a brief illness. She had a full life and will be missed by family and friends. She is survived by her son. In lieu of flowers, donate to any of the veteran or military support organizations. A memorial service is scheduled at the PLCPC chapel, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd. on April 20, 2018 at 10:00am.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 15, 2018
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