Standard Oil Company
LAKELAND - Gwendolyn Beck Evans, 84, of Lakeland, went to be with her Savior on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, due to heart failure.
Gwenn was born on September 26, 1925, in Chatsworth, Illinois. She was the valedictorian of her high school class. She worked in a war bond office and later at Standard Oil Company in Whiting, Indiana, where she met her husband, Leonel E. Evans. Gwenn and Lee were married May 18, 1947, and their marriage lasted 58 years. They had seven children. The couple moved to Lakeland in 1978 from South Holland, Illinois.
Gwenn loved her family and enjoyed helping other people, traveling, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She made hundreds of Project Linus quilts which were given to abused and hospitalized children. She loved the Lord and enjoyed reading her Bible and Christian biographies. She was a member of Lakeland Bible Church.
Gwenn was preceded in death by her husband, Leonel, in 2005, her sisters Virginia Beck, Blanche Lane, Janette Curtis and Corrine Cavanaugh and grandson Jonathan Busby. She is survived by her brothers Thomas Beck, John Robert Beck, and William Beck and her children Leonel (Linda) Evans, Carol (Richard) McDonald, Joyce (Daniel) Busby, Ronald (Denise) Evans, Dolores (Gregg) DuBois, Andrea (Thomas) Locklear, Ted (Cathy) Evans; grandchildren: Alanna, Julia, Lee III, Erin, Megan, Matthew, Grant, Teresa, Jennifer, Jaime, Courtney, Brianne, Brandon, Chelsea, Graham, Emily, Carmen, Ashley and Joshua; great-grandchildren Shaina, Danny, Anthony and Kayleigh.
Visitation will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 14, with funeral service at 3 at Lakeland Funeral Home 2125 S. Bartow Hwy, Lakeland. Interment will be private. Family and friends will gather at Lakeland Bible Church, 1725 Parker Road after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to Lakeland Bible Church for missions, PO Box 7212, Lakeland FL 33807.