C. Evelyn's Story
C. Evelyn Barton dies at 100
Evie Barton passed away five weeks into her 101st year. She died peacefully at her home in Farmington, Conn., on May 12, 2017.
Evie was the youngest of four daughters born to Andrew and Eugenia Jones in East St. Louis, Ill., on April 4, 1917.
She attended Illinois State Normal Teachers College (now Illinois State University), where she met and married her late husband, Byron (Pete) Kurtz Barton. She moved around the country as a Navy wife during World War II. After the war they lived in Charleston, Ill., for 13 years and then Terre Haute, Ind., for 24 years. Upon Pete's retirement from Indiana State University they moved to Daytona Beach, Fla., where Evie lived for 29 years. She moved to Connecticut to be cared for by her younger son, Randall, for the last four years of her life.
Evie enjoyed playing cards; particularly bridge and pinochle. She was an accomplished bridge player and had little patience for those not as skilled as she. She liked to watch basketball and was a big fan of Larry Bird and Charles Barkley. She also enjoyed watching bowling tournaments. Evie had many a discussion about politics but had no sense of humor when discussing politics and often got quite passionate about various politicians. Evie loved cats and her home was a feeding station for neighborhood strays wherever she lived. And she loved to shop and often would range far and wide even before interstate highways.
Evie was predeceased and called Ped by her sisters, Laura Ganschinietz of Virginia Beach, Va., Dean Hehner of Evanston, Ill., and Betty Rollins of Belleville, Ill.
She is survived by her sons, Randall of Farmington and Michael of Douglas, Ark.; granddaughter, Emily Barton of Montrose, Colo.; and granddaughter, Julie Vanrijkel and great-grandson, Oliver of Silver Spring, Md.; granddaughter, Valerie Mertz and great-granddaughters, Haley and Sarah of Juneau, Ark.; and grandson, Craig Barton of Truckee, Calif.
She was a tough old bird. She will be missed by her family and by all who knew her.
Burial will be beside her late husband Pete in the Valhalla Garden of Memories in Belleville.
Published on May 26, 2017