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She loved her family, and was a creative lady Evelyn Lavon Akers, 66 of Wasola, went to her heavenly home on March 13, 2009 after fighting a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer for 13 months.
Evelyn, the daughter of Coy and Christine (Wilson) Turner, started her earthly walk on April 13, 1942 in Pondfork, Mo. On June 25, 1961 she married Wayne Yeary of Bradleyville and to this union three children were born: Karla, Amy, and Gerald. On July 3, 1981 she married Granville “Bud” Akers of Wasola where they would make their home.
Evelyn worked at the Mansfield Steel Plant for 24 years. Her most important job was that of a daughter, a Mama, a sister, an aunt, a great-aunt, a cousin, the eldest of 15 double cousins, a Granny, and a Great-Granny.
She was a very creative woman who loved to read, cook, decorate, design flower arrangements, sing and play her guitar, autoharp, and omni-chord. She loved to spend as much time as she could with her Daddy, her Juney, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, and many other special family members.
She also wanted to be with her wonderful friends to laugh, share and love life. She was a born again Christian who attended various churches in the local area.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Christine Turner and her second husband, Granville “Bud” Akers.
She is survived by her Daddy, Coy Turner, and one sister Judy Turner Robertson, both of Thornfield; one brother, Adrian Turner, of Reeds Spring; the father of her children, Wayne Yeary, of Bradleyville; her three children and their spouses: Larry and Karla Yeary Lent, of Versailles, Roger and Amy Yeary Adams, of Ava, Gerald and Karla Yeary, of Bradleyville; 10 grandchildren Eric Lent and Tammy Lent Palmer of Versailles, Tafi Adams, Cody Harley, Roger and Dillon Adams, all of Ava, Sydney and Ali Lent, of Versailles, Jarell and Jarett Yeary, of Bradleyville; nine great-grandchildren, Devon, Sierra, Logan, Jacob, Marti Jane, Eric, Megan, Eli and Kylie; and also a host of special relatives.
Funeral services were held March 18 at the Ava Family Funeral Home with the Revs. Dale Roberts and Gaylon Turner officiating. Music was provided by Harry Beckett, Steve and Jenny Collier. Burial followed in the Thornfield Cemetery. The Thornfield General Baptist Church hosted a dinner following the service.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care music therapy program of Springfield, or to the family. All arrangements were under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home.