EVELYN ELIZABETH MARTIUS MIDDLETON HAYES, age 89, of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota died on November 15, 2013, at Sleepy Eye Care Center.
Visitation will be on Saturday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel.
Service will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel, on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12 p.m.
The clergy will be Pastor Phil Siefkes.
Interment will be at the Monument Hills Memorial Park Cemetery, in Woodland, CA.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.
On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.
Evelyn Elizabeth Middleton Hayes was born October 30, 1924 in Stately Township, Brown County, MN to Rudolph and Elsie (Karrow) Martius. She and her siblings were raised on a farm in SW MN. On December 17, 1941, Evelyn married Andrew Middleton in Sanborn, MN, and they raised their family while farming in Comfrey, Delft and Westbrook. Evelyn worked at Sanborn Corners and the Springfield Woolen Mill. In 1968 they moved to Faribault, MN where Evelyn and Andy worked at the State Hospital for 15 years. Not having the opportunity to finish High School, she got her GED and then got her Certification as a Sr. Psych Tech, where she wrote and implemented behavior programs for the residents there. This was one of her proudest accomplishments. In 1983, when Andy became ill, they moved to Zamora, CA where they shared property with their son Larry and his family. Andy passed in 1985. They attended Calvary Baptist Church Woodland where they made many good friends. This is where Evelyn met and later was married to John Hayes September 10, 1988. He preceded her in death in 2000. Evelyn remained in the area until 2006. She then went to live with son Jeff in Crestline, CA and Tahlequah, OK where she remained until she needed more professional care in 2011. She spent the final two years of her life at Sleepy Eye Care Center's Heritage Lane until her passing on November 15, 2013. Evelyn loved going for walks, gardening, games, Max the cat and music, especially worship and Johnny Cash.
She loved her family and most of all loved her Lord Jesus Christ, whom she sits with now.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Dianne (Doug) Seavey and Jeff (Joannie) Middleton; sisters, Dorothy Duncan and MaryLou (Ronald) Miller, 9 grandchildren and spouses; 22 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandsons; nieces, nephews and other dear family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andrew Middleton; daughter, Carol Osland; son, Larry Middleton; husband, John Hayes; and brother, Marvin (Lucille) Martius.
Gone home to the Lord but not forgotten. Now in eternal peace and joy.