Eva Ree Evans, 93, daughter of Clyde Miller and Minnie McColgin Miller, was born Dec. 6, 1911, at Dombey, Okla. She died Jan. 6, 2005, at Houston House, where she had been a resident for the past several months.As a child, her family tried homesteading in Oklahoma. Her father wanted to moved to Missouri, so they relocated in the Joplin area. They came in wagons, bringing a few chickens and a few horses to change with the ones pulling the wagon.They settled in McDonald County, living there four or five years. When Eva was 4, the family moved to the Clara community near Houston. In 1915, they moved to the Vollmar community near Raymondville.She attended school at Vollmar, walking six miles with her brother, Ray. She attended school at Vollmar, Houston and Licking and one year of college.She taught at Possum Trot northeast of Raymondville for $40 per month. She also taught a few weeks near Yukon for her brother, Ray, during an illness. It was during this time that one of her students started courting her, but she rejected him for a while because he was too short.She later gave in to his proposal. She married Lynn “”Shorty”” Evans in 1931. They had one son.After their marriage, she taught school and her husband worked at a service station, starting business ventures which lasted through the years. Following their move to Houston, businesses included a hotel and apartments in Houston, furniture and clothing stores in Houston, Mountain Grove, West Plains, Licking and Norwood; and automobile and grocery stores in Houston and Mountain Grove.They opened funeral homes in Raymondville and Houston until World War II forced them to close due to gas and tire rationing. They returned, operating funeral homes in Houston, Summersville, Licking and Mountain Grove. In 1958, their funeral service was in their home on Grand Avenue until the ’60s, when they purchased Elliott Funeral Home. Over the years, they operated and sold more than 30 businesses.Mrs. Evans helped start the Church of God in Houston with five or six members in a residence. Later the church built on Ozark Street near Airport Road and finally relocated to South Grand Avenue.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2002; sister, Ada Vollmar; and brother, Ray Miller.Surviving are her son, Clydie; one grandson and two great-grandchildren.Services were Jan. 8 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. “

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