Evelyn, of DeWitt, MI, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2014 at the age of 89. She was born in Lansing, MI on November 14, 1924, the eldest of four siblings, to Everett J. and Thelma (Glaister) French. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents and 3 brothers. Upon graduating from Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, Class of 1942, Evelyn moved back to the Lansing area where she resided for the rest of her life. During WWII Evelyn worked for the Nash Kelvinator Co., later she worked for the Michigan Secretary of State where she retired as an accounting supervisor. On January 22, 1946 she married Chester W. “Woody” Allmon; they were married for 40 years, he predeceased her on February 24, 1986. On January 7, 1993 Evelyn married Markham Shelley, they were married for 21 years, and he predeceased her on May 28, 2014.
Evelyn’s largest passions in life were her motor homes and genealogy. She visited much of this country that many never have the opportunity to view. Evelyn was a member of several state genealogical societies and often combined her travels with her genealogical prowess to unite family members. Evelyn was also very proud of her deep family connections to the State Capitol building and some of the surrounding buildings in the central Lansing area.
Evelyn was always available to help and support her family and extended families. She will be remembered, with love, by Marlene (Wesley) Frank, their 3 children: Kelli, David and Roberta and their families, Lt. Colonel Linda E. Shelley, USA, Retired, Michael and Barbara Johnston and their family along with several nieces and nephews.
A special thank you is extended to the entire staff at Monet House, the memory care unit of Caretel Inns in Bay City, MI for the excellent and very compassionate care.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 6500 Amwood Dr., Lansing. A private family burial will take place at South Bingham Cemetery in St. Johns. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers we wish you to consider donations to Caretel Inns of the Tri Cities, Bay City, MI, McLaren Hospice or a charity of your choosing. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.