Evelyn Guske died peacefully February 27, 2013 at the age of 98. Stories surrounding her will not fade quickly.
Below is the excerpt from the funeral program:
Evelyn was born on December 23, 2014 on the George Dean Farm near Kreger Lake, Eatonville, in the same house her mother was born in. Evelyn was one of four children with two sisters and one brother. She was the daughter of Oscar and Daisy (Dean) Lowell. She was raised on the Dean farm and graduated from Eatonville High School.
She married Fred (Fritz) Guske, Jr. on December 12, 1934. They acquired 160 acres next to Fred Guske, Sr., and began farming. In the beginning, it was very challening with no cleared land, electricity, roads, water or buildings. Through hard work and time, they made the farm into a producing unit. Evelyn raised chickens and sold eggs well into the 1970s.
Evelyn was a 70-year- member of Ohop Grange #812 and received a meritorious Service Award from the state extension service for 27 years of leadership as leader of the Silver Lake 4-H Club. She supervised te first clean up of the Indian Henry Indian Cemetery as a community servic eproject. She was a member of the United Methodist church, Mountain Star Chapter #179 O.E.S., a charter member of the Dogwood Garden Club, Sliver Lake Club, Loggerettes Bowling Team and the Eatonville Historical Society. She was a senior elder of the Snohomish Tribe of Indians.
She is survived by three children, Sharon Guske Aguilar, Jack Dean Guske and Thomas Aubrey Guske, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Questions asked about Evelyn frequently were: “Is she still driving?” and “Is she still mowing the lawn on her riding lawnmower?” She continued to do both well into her 90s. One lasting memory for many young men was her tasty and very abundant meals served to the hay crews. She was also always very active in food preparation at the grange to include the Ohop Smogasbords. She was extremely proud of her gardens and had a knack for raising African Violets.