Evelyn Spevere, 96, of Rifle, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle.She was born Feb. 7, 1910, in Seco, Ky., to Mary Gabard and Syra Combs.Evelyn married her first love, Anthony Jerome Spevere, on July 31, 1926, in Louisville, Ky. The two made their home in Louisville for a short time before moving to St. Louis, where they raised their five children. Anthony’s work as an organ voicer took them to Orrville, Ohio, for a few years before he retired. They then moved to St. Charles, Mo., to enjoy their passion, boating and fishing. They moved to Rifle in the mid-’70s when they lost their home to the Mississippi River flood.Evelyn was a stay-at-home mom, except for the World War II years, when she worked for Emerson Electric in St. Louis.She loved children and was best known as “Grandma Spevere,” grandma or not, especially to all of the children that she baby-sat. Evelyn loved fishing and boating all of her life and usually caught the biggest and the most fish, even into her nursing home days.She was the original “coal miner’s daughter.” Yet she was anything but poor. She was so rich in love, faith and generosity. Evelyn will be greatly missed for her unconditional love, wonderfully warm personality and unique “hillbilly” humor.She is survived by sons Eugene (Wanda) Spevere, of St. Peters, Mo., Ralph (Jo) Spevere, of Massillon, Ohio, and Gary (Beverly) Spevere, of Grand Junction; and daughters Doris Sissom, of Parachute, and Marilyn Graves-Cowan, of Denver; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years; and her grandson, Kevin Graves.There will be a funeral mass, officiated by Father Robert Hehn, at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Parish in Rifle. A reception will follow.
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