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Evelyn Ruth Lewis, daughter of the late Jessie Johnston and Mary Graham Johnston, was born July 4, 1923, in Ozark County, Missouri, and died June 24, 2021, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 97 years.

She was united in marriage December 16, 1939, in Ozark County, Missouri, to Lee Johnson. She later married Don Lewis.

She is survived by two children, Ronnie Johnson and wife Carolian, West Plains, Missouri, Carolyn (Johnson) Collins and husband Larry, Springfield, Missouri; three grandchildren, Shari Perkins, Tracy Johnson and wife Jennifer, Amanda Collins, and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; seven siblings, Lyman Johnston, Lewis Johnston, Emil Johnston, Guy Johnston, Ralph Johnston, May Johnston, and Ella Owsley.

Evelyn spent her early years on Kelley-Wylder Ranch in Ozark County. She helped her husband at times with his iron ore business. Later, she worked 12 years for Baxter Lab of Mountain Home, Arkansas. Most of her life she was a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She resided the last twelve years at Magnolia Square in Springfield, Missouri, where she was loved by many of the staff. They soon found out what to expect when she set off the fire alarm, and the fire department showed up. She was affectionately known as a “firecracker.” Evelyn also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. She had been a member of the Church of Christ since a young girl and attended Central Church of Christ in West Plains before moving to Springfield.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 11:00 to 12:00 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel and graveside services will be held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.



  1. Kevin and Laurie Aubuchon
    June 28, 2021 @ 10:32 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. Kevin and Laurie Aubuchon


  2. Craig and Sherri Cromer
    June 28, 2021 @ 12:21 pm

    Bro Ronnie so sorry for your loss


  3. Lanny Lewis
    June 28, 2021 @ 12:37 pm

    Ronnie we extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family She brought many years of happiness to Don after he lost Lois. Evelyn and our Mom had been lifelong friends growing up. We all will always remember her fondly when there is used food in the fridge 😀


    • Carrie Patillo Thompson
      July 7, 2021 @ 3:23 pm

      Ronnie and family, I just now saw that you lost Evelyn. Sorry for your loss. I re.e.ber her as beautiful and sweet lady.


  4. Amber(Cozort)Redburn
    June 28, 2021 @ 3:03 pm

    Ronnie/Carolian and Carolyn/Larry and Families,

    We want to express our deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Evelyn. She will be missed. My parents/I will be keeping all of you in our daily prayers/thoughts. During this time may God comfort, encourage, support, and give each of you peace. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Norris/Ivene Cozort


  5. Arvil and Sally Hill
    June 28, 2021 @ 9:21 pm

    Sorry to hear of Evelyn’s passing. She was a sweet person, and we enjoyed the times we spent with her at Central.


  6. Donna Newberry
    June 28, 2021 @ 9:57 pm

    Carolyn, Ronnie and families so sorry for loss of your Mother.


  7. Philip and Donna Bridges
    June 29, 2021 @ 12:33 pm

    You and all your family have our sympathy for the loss of your mom. What a life. I always loved your family and your mother was a wonderful person.


  8. Gary and Vivian Mitchell
    June 30, 2021 @ 6:16 pm

    Ronnie and Carolyn, so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace for you.


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