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Friday, June 03, 2011

Remembering Evannah Wiley

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Michael's Granny passed away a week ago today, and we are in Toledo this weekend for her funeral. We all miss her very much, but she died at the age of 96 while smiling at a joke. I don't know that anyone could ask for more than that.

Michael and I worked together on Granny's obituary last week, and I thought I'd share some of the highlights (the full obit is located here).

Evannah Elizabeth Wiley died peacefully on Friday, May 27, 2011, at the age of 96. She was surrounded by loved ones. Evannah was born on February 18, 1915, in the town of Bluffton, Ohio. A consummate storyteller, one of Evannah's favorite stories was of her own birth. Born to musician Clarence Bracey and Iva Bracey (nee Nonnemaker), she was premature; weighing under two pounds. Her makeshift cradle was a shoebox, and her name was chosen because such a tiny baby needed a grand name.

Evannah was known for her sassy attitude. She was always well behaved in the company of her husband, but when he died in 1981, all bets were off. Family and friends have scores of stories about Evannah's antics, and she brought smiles to all of those she touched. Evannah was a wonderful cook. In fact, she always cooked enough for a small army, whether she was cooking for just herself, or for family. She lived independently until the time of her death. Evannah was very involved in the American Legion Auxiliary, Pond Post 99 and was an auxiliary staff member at Buckeye Girls State. She also volunteered for the state mental hospital. Evannah also enjoyed working word find puzzles and wanted to always be on the 'go'. She never had a driver's license, though her attempt to get one after the death of her husband was humorous and legendary.

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