Archive for January 27th, 2012

Evelyn Juanita Combs: 1933 – 2012

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Evelyn Juanita Combs, 78, a former resident of Garrett, passed away at 6:37 a. m. on Friday, January 27, 2012 at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.  She had been hospitalized for the past six weeks, and had been taken to the hospital from Warsaw Meadows Care Center where she had been a resident for nearly two years.

Mrs. Combs was born on November 22, 1933 in Harriman, Tennessee, a daughter of Henry and Bertha (Cook) Hyde.

She spent most of her adult life in Garrett, where she had been employed as a cook at the Railroad Inn for 25 years, retiring from there in 2004.

Three husbands preceded her in death Floyd Cottrell, Doler Bevis, and Wilburn Combs.

The surviving relatives include her children Margaret Christlieb of Churubusco, Pat Rowe of Spencerville, Richard Cottrell of Auburn, Zelda Mayers of Woodburn, and Doler Otis “Dob” Bevis of Garrett; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by three children Bonnie Lou Cottrell, Mary Thomas, and Harold Cottrell; daughter-in-law Tammy Cottrell;  two grandsons Kristoffer Shultz and Michael Thomas; five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Michael Harris, pastor of Waynedale United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 11:00 a. m. on Tuesday until the time of the service.

Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to the family to assist with final expenses.


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