Posted on 25 February 2010.
Evelyn Mae Stevens Dunn, 97, of Rupert, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Wynwood of Twin Falls, with her three children at her bedside.
Evelyn was born in Hillsboro, Oregon, on Sept. 3, 1912. She was the oldest of six children born to Fred and Stella Bolby Stevens. Her family moved to Acequia when she was four years old. Her father had purchased the Acequia Store and the family lived in Acequia for about three years before trading the store for a farm just north of town.
Following graduation from Acequia High School in 1930, Evelyn went to the State Normal School in Albion, where she received a “Lifetime Certificate” after two years. She later earned a degree in elementary education from Idaho State University in Pocatello, by going to summer school and taking extension classes. Her first teaching job was in the old rock school at Pioneer. Her teaching salary was $85.00 a month for nine months. The next year it went up to $90.00.
Evelyn married H. Edward Dunn in 1934, in the Rupert Christian Church parsonage. After they were married, they took over the farm of her parents and lived there until 1962, when they moved to Rupert. Evelyn spent most of her childhood and many of her married years in the same house on the same farm near Acequia.
Evelyn stopped teaching after she was married and spent her time raising three children and working at home, but started teaching again in 1955, when her youngest child started to school. She taught for eight years in Acequia, followed by a time at Pershing Elementary and Washington Junior High School. She completed her teaching career at East Minico Junior High School and retired in 1977.
She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma, the Senior Center and the church where she was active in Christian education and played the organ for 15 years. Following retirement, she and Ed took several trips with the Senior Citizens.
Evelyn was a woman of faith and passed that on through her teaching and her example. She valued her family, her friends and her church.
She is survived by her daughters, Carol Newcomb (Russell) of Twin Falls, and Kathy Bowles (Gary) of Boise; and a son, Larry Dunn (Debra) of Fort Collins, Colorado. She also has ten grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; baby daughter, Edna Mae; three brothers, James, Bill and Bertie; and two sisters, Dorothy and Betty Ann.
The family thanks the staff at Wynwood of Twin Falls and the team from Idaho Home Health and Hospice for their loving care of our mother.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the First Christian Praise Chapel, 1110 8th St., in Rupert, where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Rupert Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to the First Christian Praise Chapel in Rupert, or the Church of the Nazarene in Twin Falls.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.