Evalyn June Van Nostrand

December 05, 1925 ‒ January 17, 2007

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Evalyn June Van Nostrand, age 81, of Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, passed away on Wednesday January 17, 2007 at her residence. She was born on December 5, 1925 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Jacob and Creta (Ralston) Esely.

In 1931, June first started to school at the 3d Ward School in Mount Vernon, two years later her parents moved to Gambier, with June entering school there. In 1938, June’s family moved to Loudonville, Ohio, her dad working at the Flexible Company. June now becomes a Loudonville High School “Red Bird”. During her high school years she gained a lot of working experience with part-time jobs in the local business stores. She was an ambitious lady. June enjoyed her high school years, receiving many awards and was very active in high school activities. She was a good student and set her life’s goals to become a nurse.

June graduated from Loudonville High School in 1943 and entered the Mansfield Hospital Nursing College. Her cousin Helen Campbell also entered the Nursing College at the same time, so they had companionship. Since World War II was taking place, the United States Government needed nurses, so they established the U.S. Army Nurses Cadet Corp. at the Mansfield Hospital Nursing College.

June became a member of the Army’s Nurse Cadet Corp., and it was a financial blessing for June as it paid all of her nursing education expenses. June now was an official Army board nurse, but the war ended in 1945, so her obligation to the U.S. Government was cancelled.

June finished her nurse education and takes the Ohio State Nursing Exam and earns her Registered Nursing Degree.

June married Clyde Hawkins in 1946 and worked as a nurse at Ashland Hospital helping Clyde get his Business Degree at Ashland College. Later June worked as a nurse in Toledo, Ohio and Effingham, Illinois. In 1965, June and family moved to Mount Vernon. She worked at Mercy Hospital in Mount Vernon for 25 years as a highly respected nurse and as a supervisor of fourth floor for her last 10 years. For years after and to the present day after her retirement, she often gets accolades and praise from her former patients remembering her good professional care.

June married Guy Van Nostrand, a Mount Vernon High School teacher and coach in 1966 and they have had 41 great years together.

She enjoyed early American antiques and she was an avid collector of them. June was instrumental in helping to restore the old Tiger Valley one-room school house that was moved to Knox County Fairgrounds, to it’s original likeness with artifacts that she obtained at auctions. By doing this she helped to preserve the early history of education for today’s youth.

She was a member of the Ohio Registered Nurse Association, the Lady of Aladdin and Baldwin Shriners, Knox County Agricultural Museum, Knox County Historical Society and the Ohio Eastern Star #92 of Ashland, Ohio.

June was a good Christian being affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Loudonville. She was a good mother, wife and friend. All will miss her and she had Faith in God and his son Jesus. June believed that she was born to help others and she did, as a nurse reflecting God’s light on earth, one of his angels.

She is survived by her husband, two sons, Richard “Rick” (Mary Jo) Hawkins of Mount Vernon, James (Pam) Hawkins of Houston, Texas, a daughter, Susan (Dan) Snyder of Mount Vernon, a step son, Gary (Ruth) Van Nostrand of Mount Vernon, two step daughters, Patsy May of Fort McCloud, South Carolina and Susan (John) Peters of Clearwater, Florida, eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband Clyde Hawkins.

Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 AM. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Diabetes Association, 1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com