Elaine Burns Neil Evans, 90, Iola, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Guest Home Estates, Iola.
Elaine was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Vere Thomas and Olive Josephine (Attkisson) Burns. She grew up at Hepler, St. Paul and Iola, graduating from Hepler High School. She attended college at Pittsburg.
In May of 1943, Elaine married Robert Eugene Neil. They made their home in Ft. Worth, Texas, where she worked as head secretary for General Dynamics. They had two sons and divorced after 43 years of marriage.
She returned to Iola to care for her mother. On March 17, 1986, Elaine married Keith F. Evans, Jr. in Miami, Okla. They made their home in Iola. She enjoyed dancing, playing bridge, genealogy and traveling to all 50 states. Her memberships include the Eastern Star at Moran, and the Garnett American Legion and V.F.W. auxiliaries.
Survivors are her husband, Keith F. Evans, Jr., Iola; son, Jim Neil and wife Lynne, Ft. Worth, Texas; grandson, Eric Neil and wife Carrie, Arlington, Texas; two great-grandsons, Weston and Chandler Neil; brother, Bob Burns and wife Maude, Iola; step-children, Richard Evans and wife Marilynn, Phoenix, Martha McCoy, Dayton, Va., and Richard Evans and wife Sarah, North Carolina; step-grandchildren, Jamie, Joshua, Nathan, Andrew, Daniel, Jacob and Jessica; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Michael Robert Neil.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Hepler City Cemetery, Hepler.
Memorials may be made to Iola Senior Meal Center and left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.
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