Who was Evelyn Coke?
She was the eldest daughter of Vern and Dorothy Hodgins.
She was an older sister to Elinor, Roy, Vince, Bill and Theresa.
She was the wife of Louis Coke.
She was the mother of seven starting with Steve, Linda, Donna, Laurie, John, Cam and Dolly.
She was the grandmother to 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
And she loved each and every one of us with all of her heart.
Mom loved good books, great friends and lots of laughs.
She was a treasured friend to more people that I’m sure I even know and was always there to listen or give a hug when needed.
Mom shared her love of books by working in the town library, greeting each person with a smile before helping them find a book.
Mom loved the earthy smell after a good rain or the smell of fresh cut grass. She found the beauty in everything around her and took the time to notice and appreciate it.
Mom got up every morning before everyone else so that she could fix herself up and greet us each day with looking just as stunning as ever, and you really have to know how hard that was having seven kids!
Mom loved a good joke or to give someone a good friendly scare, like when she would pop out of nowhere wearing the creature from the black lagoon Halloween mask and after you screamed out she would laugh till she cried!!
And don’t think for a second that you could say to her ‘I’m going to go jump in the shower’ without her replying back “ Are you Jumping?”
Mom loved sharing her cherished family memories from growing up and would tell us about her Uncle Les saying he was sufficiently suffancified after a good meal or about her dad working at the mill and what a horseman he was.
She often mentioned remembering how much her parents loved each other and never a day went by that they didn’t share a long embrace after he returned from work each day.
Mom loved to sing and almost couldn’t help herself but to join in when one of her favorite songs played.
She was a true lady of grace and beauty.
Evelyn Coke was my mother, my best friend and towards the end, very much like my own child. She was my hero and I will spend every day of my life trying to live up what she was.
***A Poem written by me From Mom***
Do not think of my passing and weep….
For I am not gone, I have merely been freed of my earthly bounds.
I am the early bird that sings it’s salutation to the sun welcoming the beginning of each new day.
I am the explosion of colors and the sweet fragrances of the spring flowers after a long winter.
I am the little voice in your head that says Buck Up Buttercup when you’re having a rough day.
Do not think of my passing and weep but instead remember…
Remember me when you’re having coffee with friends, sharing stories and good laughs.
Remember me when you are tending your gardens or walking your dogs.
Remember me and smile and know that I am smiling back at you.
I live on in all that is beautiful because I live on in you.
Now please enjoy the TWO PART videos: The Life Of Evelyn **Had to make them into two video's to comply with site rules.** First two video's are smaller in size for people on slow connections or viewing on phones.**Second two videos are HD quality and viewable up to 1920x1080 which could be viewed on your HDTV if you're hooked up that way.*** If you have issues with buffering. Start the video and then go get a cup of coffee, come back and replay the file and it should play better. Choose options for size & quality lower right corner of movie player. I recommend Playing full screen if you can(rectangle icon in lower right corner of movie player) as the small windows just don't do it justice in my opinion.
Individual pictures that were in the slideshow video are after that for those that have asked.
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