Evelyn M. Castanier

    MORRIS—Evelyn M. Castanier, 86, of Morris, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.
    Born Aug. 8, 1931 in Baring, MO, Evelyn Maxine was a daughter of Amos and Tresa (nee Callahan) Elliott. She was raised and educated in Kirksville, MO and on Aug. 21, 1949, she married Arnold Lee Castanier in Kirksville. Evelyn worked for Illinois Bell phone company until she retired in 1989. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Morris, who put God first in her life, and enjoyed reading her Bible. Evelyn was gifted with her sewing machine, whether it was making clothes for her children or mending them. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who cherished spending time with her family.
    Survivors include her husband, Arnold; three children: Vicky (Marty) Odum, of Seneca and Janet (Ed) Burkhead and Mark (Sue) Castanier, both of Morris; seven grandchildren: Alby (Kelly) Odum, Sarah (Sam) Farmer, Ian (Bethany) Odum, Ethan (Kristen) Burkhead, Jesse (Laura) Burkhead, Amber (Adam) Stambaugh, and Kelsey (Matt) Panico and 19 great-grandchildren, with two more expected this year.
    Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, one son in infancy, Randy Castanier  and one sister, Erma (Gerald) Crawford.
    Per Evelyn’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.
    A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 1650 W. Route 6, in Morris at 11 a.m.  Pastor Steve Larson will officiate.
    Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Evelyn’s memory to First Baptist Church of Morris.
    Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Evelyn’s memorial page by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com.
    Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd., 408 East Washington Street, in Morris.