Evelyn “Evie” Elaine Ditchendorf

MARIETTA – Evelyn (Evie) Elaine Ditchendorf, daughter of Sarah Royer Hamilton and John R. Hamilton, born July 5, 1918, in Elgin, Ill., passed away on Sunday, March 4. She had been a resident of the Arbors of Marietta since the end of January.
Prior to her final illness, she lived on High School Lane in Marietta for nine years.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Robert A. Ditchendorf, on Dec. 4, 1993.
She is survived by sons, Charles R. (Joyce) of Marietta and Steven J. (Annette) of Covington, La.; a half-sister, Shirley D. Hamilton, of Littleton, Colo.; her grandchildren, Heidi C. Laughery of Meadville, Pa., Beth E. Ditchendorf of Marietta, Charles F. (Carolyn) Ditchendorf of Marietta Budd (Samantha) Ditchendorf of Madisonville, La., and Todd Ditchendorf of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and eight great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard and Charles.
Upon her graduation from Elgin High School in 1936 Evie moved to Bliss, N.Y., to be with her mother. On Nov. 5 of that year, she and Bob were married in Buffalo, N.Y., beginning a journey that between the depression and the war took them to Detroit, Schenectady and Syracuse, N.Y., and finally to Youngstown. Once settled in Ohio, Evie raised two sons, worked in retail and as a bank teller and stock transfer agent for Dollar Savings & Trust in Youngstown.
An active and doting mother, she supported her sons’ athletic events from the stands at home and away. A Charter Member of Christ Church United Presbyterian, Evie also was a fixture in the church kitchen whenever the congregation gathered around the table or sponsored a fundraising meal. She was justly famous among her sons’ friends for her pies and apple dumplings.
Upon retirement the couple relocated to Hendersonville, N.C., in 1978, and traveled extensively as representatives of The Red Book published by the National Directory of Morticians. She moved to Marietta in 1995 to be closer to family and reveled in the arrival of her great-grandchildren as the years passed.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.
The family requests that any memorial gifts take the form of donations to either Habitat for Humanity or Hospice. Evie supported both of these organizations for many years.
Cawley & Peoples Funeral Homes offers online condolences at www.cawleyandpeoples.com online.