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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Obituary - Evelyn Ruth Lancaster

Evelyn Ruth Lancaster, age 99, passed away on August 20, 2021 peacefully in her sleep at her Peculiar, Missouri home. Funeral services were held at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Missouri with burial in Wills Cemetery in Peculiar. Evelyn loved her family and supported them in any way she could, especially her great grandson when he was at Children’s Mercy Hospital. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to Children's Mercy Hospital.

Evelyn was born in Maysville, Missouri. She was the eldest daughter of John Leroy Scott and Ruth (Brown) Scott. She graduated from Clarksdale High School and received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She also received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri.

During World War II, Evelyn worked as an artist at Curtis-Wright (McDonell-Douglas). She drew intricate 360° views of airplane parts. She then taught a year at Ritenour High School in the St. Louis area and afterwards taught art for 28 years at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis County. Despite being an introvert (her sister, Margie, was the extrovert), Evelyn found the courage to teach high school art for a total of 29 years. Wow!

After retirement, Evelyn moved to Peculiar, Missouri and joined the Peculiar United Methodist Church. She was active in the church, including leading tour groups that would visit various Kansas City area attractions each month. She loved to travel. Her favorite trip was along Route 66 with her husband and children. She also took a memorable trip to San Antonio, Texas with Margie. The pair also traveled together on a Mississippi River boat cruise and a few class reunions in Cameron, Missouri. Even at the age of 92, she took a trip to Colorado with Les and Sylvia.

Evelyn also loved to sew. It sowed happiness in her heart to go to the fabric store and formulate in her sharp mind what the garment would look like when completed. Daisy Kingdom was her favorite place for children's dresses and shirts. She must have sewn at least 100 outfits. Evelyn could sit happily for hours at her whirling sewing machine performing material magic.

Gardening was also one of Evelyn’s favorite hobbies. Even in her late 80's, some days she would garden for 6-7 hours in the hot Missouri summer heat. Her garden truly misses her loving touch, care, and plant knowledge, but not as much as we will all miss her.

Evelyn always had one of the sharpest minds and always stayed up to date with politics and current affairs. She also enjoyed sending out birthday and Christmas cards to all her friends and relatives. It was amazing how many birthdays she knew by heart. Most of the time she even knew the year they were born and their exact age.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, brother, John, sister, Marjorie Croy, and her husband, Elroy Lancaster, who she met in an art class at the University of Missouri. She is survived by her son, Art Lancaster, and his wife, Emmy Lancaster of Austin, Texas; her daughter, Sylvia Mosberger, and her husband, Lester Mosberger of Peculiar; her grandchildren, Stephanie Lancaster of Austin, Kim Mosberger of Denver, Colorado, and Doug Mosberger of Kansas City. She also has great-grandchildren, Aloe and Anakin Mosberger.

Young church piano player. War factory worker. Art teacher. Seamstress. Gardener. Traveler. Wife. Mother. Mother-in-law. Grandma. Great grandmother. Friend to many. She loved and cherished everyone in her life. She will be missed by all.