She was born Oct. 15, 1926, at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas. She was the daughter of William Keith Ball and E. Geneva Wright Ball.
Her family moved to Terre Haute as a young girl and she graduated from State High School, Class of 1943. She attended Indiana State University leaving after one year to get a full time job.
The job at Terre Haute Ordinance Depot is where she met the love of her life, Don W. Hillis. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1949. Ten months later, they were blessed with their daughter Bev, the joy of their lives.
Over the years, Evelyn worked at R.H. Donnely, and was bookkeeper for Basil Martin GMC Dealership and then later she was the bookkeeper for Indiana Drainage, Co, which she co-owned with her husband.
Evelyn was an active member of the Union United Methodist Church and over the years had been a Sunday School Teacher, member of the Kingdom Builders Class, Harmony Good Samaritans, Ladies Missionary Group, Clay Belle Red Hats, Jackson Township Home Ec. Club and Past Matron OES No. 80.
Evelyn loved to sing, baking, fishing and sewing. She also took great pleasure in her roses and watching the humming birds. She was devoted to her family, her church and her friends.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Kay Ford and husband Rick, and grandson Geoffrey S. Bell, all of Brazil, sister Betty Dean, Terre Haute, nieces Becky Clements, Patty Love (Mike), and Ruth Rukes (Brad), and other extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don Hillis, March 10, 2003, brothers-in-law, Marshall Hillis and Paul Dean, and one nephew Bill Clements.
Services will be held Friday, at 11 a.m., at French Funeral Home, with Rev. Andy Charnstrom officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m., and again Friday prior to services.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Union United Methodist Church, 780 E CR 600 N, Brazil, IN 47834.