Services for Evelyn Ilene (Funk) Hett, 75, Peabody, who passed away March 28, 2023, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion, were to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday April 5, 2023, at Aulne Bible Church.
Evelyn’s family gathered with great friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion.
Evelyn was born Jan. 8, 1948, at Bethesda Hospital in Goessel. She was the first child of Elmer and Lucilla (Unruh) Funk.
Evelyn grew up on a farm southwest of Hillsboro, the same farm her parents lived on all their lives.
She attended school at Cresswell School District 15 in Marion Country through the sixth grade, when the school closed. She then finished her schooling in Hillsboro, where she graduated with the Hillsboro High School Class of 1966.
After graduation, Evelyn attended Salt City Business College in Hutchinson for one year and went to work at 1st National Bank of Hillsboro, now Emprise Bank.
Evelyn grew up in the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel and was baptized upon her confession of faith there.
Evelyn married Clifford J. Hett on Feb. 22, 1969, at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Together, they had two kids: Calvin Ray and Eileen Kay Hett.
Clifford and Evelyn lived on a farm near Florence for 21 years. In 1990, they moved to a different farm in the Peabody area.
Evelyn loved Aulne Bible Church and served the community well. She worked in the Aulne kitchen and was involved with vacation Bible school. Evelyn also loved attending Bible study.
Evelyn enjoyed playing and working with her grandchildren and always loved having family over for birthdays or holiday meals or just going out to eat.
She always made the best Slushy Punch and would make long johns for Calvin and Noah’s birthdays.
Everyone knew that Evelyn’s corn on the cob was the best because she always used corn holders.
Evelyn was a 4-H leader and found joy in helping her grandson raise calves and helping her granddaughter with 4-H projects.
Evelyn could be found cheering on and supporting her grandchildren, Noah and Ruby, at numerous activities, including sporting events, school concerts and programs.
Her grandchildren were her world. Evelyn could be found behind a camera, taking family photos at every event. She would carefully place the photos in scrapbooks and caption each one.
Evelyn kept the farm books for her family and would help outside when needed.
Evelyn was known as “The Bag Lady,” as she kept everything neatly organized in various bags.
Evelyn is survived by her loving husband, Clifford Hett, of 54 years; daughter Eileen Schmidt and husband Troy of Marion; grandchildren Noah Schmidt of Marion and Ruby Schmidt of Marion; brothers Ken Funk and wife Pat of Dodge City and Clifford Funk and wife Tammy of Wichita; sister Vi Penner and husband Brad of Newton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Lucilla Funk, and son Calvin Hett.
Memorial contributions in Evelyn’s name may be directed to Aulne Bible Church.
Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion, is serving the family.
Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Evelyn at www.yazelmeglifh.com.