Evelyn M. Wixtead

December 26, 1922 ‒ February 21, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Evelyn M. Wixtead, age 93 of Marion passed away February 21, 2016 unexpectedly.

She was born December 26, 1922 in Bucyrus, Ohio to Clarence”Toby” and Irene Lowery.

On October 7, 1941, she married the love of her life, Robert Wixtead and together they raised four children. In helping her husband on the family farm, she was often seen driving the tractor, gathering eggs to be delivered to the local super markets, working in her flower garden and baking delicious homemade raspberry pies.  A woman of faith, she was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Evelyn was known for her kind-hearted, gentle personality and loving smile who cherished every minute of life with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and family.

She is survived by her four children: Susie (Larry) Yirga, Kay (Bob) Rush, Bill (Laura) Wixtead and Becky (Dan) Gilliam; six grandchildren: Julie (Arlin) Park, John (Jennifer) Yirga, Kris (Dan) Easley, Derrick (Kelly) Gilliam, David (Ami) Gilliam, Adam Wixtead and finance Libby Bender; nine great grandchildren: Abbi (Jeffrey) Crawford, Megan Park, Jack Yirga, Kade and Colin Easley; Carly, Kenley, Lyla Gilliam, Alyssa Gilliam; and her sister Clara Cooperider.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; grandchildren, Karen and Wesley Schertzer, and Kim Basel Yirga; a great grandson, Charles Yirga; and siblings: Martha Kerns, Mary Gorenflo, and Dick Lowery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Gunder/Hall/Snyder Funeral Home from  4-8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary Church, Thursday, February 25 at 10:00 am.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wesley and Karen Schertzer Scholarship fund or The Kim Basel Yirga Scholarship fund, in care of Gunder/Hall Snyder Funeral Home.

A special thank you to the staff at Primrose Retirement Community, Bessie Harruff and Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home for their special care.

Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Evelyn’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


  • Bill & Family
    Thoughts are with you at the loss of your Mother. Keep remembering the great memories of she and your father.
    Becky Jacobs Rynders
    Elgin Class of ’66

  • Evelyn was such a quiet and gracious lady. I loved the smiles she gave me when I greeted her. She will be missed here by staff and residents alike and will smile down on us every time Johnny Steiner comes to sing! Rest in peace, Evelyn.

  • Becky and Family,
    Our family sends our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. We know that the next few days will be a trial, but please remember all the good times and the fantastic memories with her, and we hope that they will bring you peace and comfort. Know we will be praying for all of you. If there is anything you need, please let us know.

  • What a wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • Condolences to the family for the loss of your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. I remember being welcome to the house as a little girl to play games with Becky. May God’s healing hand be with you during your time of grief.

  • My mother, Rosie Doria, and I were so sorry to hear of Evelyn’s passing. Please know we will be thinking of you all at this difficult time. She was truly a gem and will sadly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Your mother was such a special lady. What a wonderful family your parents raised. Our sympathy is with all of you.
    Richard and Donna Lawrence

  • Our sincere sympathy to Becky, Kay, and families. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Fred and Margie Saull

  • So Sorry to hear on the passing of your mother. She is in Heaven with your Dad. My prayers are with you

    Greg Sens

  • Dear Bill and family,
    My prayers for all of you as you mourn the loss of your mother. Her lovely smile and graciousness will linger with all who had the privilege of knowing her! Heaven is celebrating!!


    We are so sorry to read of Evelyn’s passing. She was a sweet lady and always had a smile on her face! You have now many great memories to cherish and look back on! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family!

  • Becky and Family

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I am thinking about you and your family during this difficult time. Sending hugs!

  • Dear Family of Evelyn, My Mom Maureen at Primrose really enjoyed the friendship of Evelyn! They made a rich pair. Evelyn with her quiet wit and Mom with her singing. I suppose they made a stir sometimes with their joyful attitudes. When I came to visit Evelyn would always have a bit of humor up her sleeve. She will be missed by all, but my Mom is loving having her in heaven to giggle with. Blessings to you all, Victoria Bell
    Victoria Bell, Prospect, OH

  • Just heard about your mother’s passing. We are so sorry. She was such a gentle spirit. Thinking of you fondly. Please know how fortunate you are to have had her as a momma. Hugs and prayers.