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Evelyn Randolph Ely of Pauls Valley passed away June 20, 2016 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 85 years. Evelyn Ely was born February 15, 1931 in Hastings, Oklahoma to Charles Craig and Rebecca Loving (Giddens) Ely. Evelyn was raised in Hastings, Oklahoma and graduated from Hastings High School in 1949. She married Chester Wayne Randolph on August 25, 1949 in Hastings and they soon made their home in Oklahoma City where they raised their family. In 1972, Wayne retired from Tinker Air Force Base and the family returned to Hastings. Wayne passed away on February 13, 1986. On August 19, 2004, she and James Stahl Ely were married at Hastings Baptist Church. Evelyn sold her home in Hastings and moved to make her new home in Pauls Valley with Jim and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Pauls Valley. She was known for visiting those who couldn’t attend church so she could read their Sunday School lesson to them and taking them a snack. Evelyn was a homemaker and loving mother. Evelyn would cook a family lunch every Sunday afternoon for her entire family. The fellowship of getting together gave wonderful memories of special times with her and her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Craig “C.C.” Ely in 1984 and Rebecca Loving Ely in 2001; both of her husbands, Chester “Wayne” Randolph in 1986 and James “Jim” Stahl Ely in 2013; and one great granddaughter, Sydney Isabell Knutson in 1995. She was also preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Scott Duane Simpkins in 2002 and Steven Croxton Goza in 2009. Her children include Gina Lynn Jordan of Oklahoma City, Isabell Marie Ballinger and her husband Dennis of Pauls Valley, Rebecca Lea Simpkins-Riley and her husband Bill of Oklahoma City, Anita Louise Goza of Waurika and fiancée James A. Solomon, Charles Wayne Randolph and his wife Catherine of Manteca, Calif. Her grandchildren include Jennifer Dawn Jordan Campbell and her husband Eric, Amy Isabell Knutson, Krissy Marie Knutson and her fiancée Allen Brantley, Julie Deann Nall-Simpkins and her wife Mende, Carrie Lynn McGovern and her husband Everett, Jason Scott Simpkins, Samantha Brooke Goza, Shannon Michelle Smith and her husband Macky, Savannah Jo Goza, Natalie Anne Randolph, Camille Kayla Randolph, Charles Craig Randolph. Her great grandchildren include Sophie Elizabeth Jordan, Molly McKenzie Norton, Jessie Wayne Knutson, Lance Allister McGovern, Scott Everett McGovern, Paisley Renae Simpkins, Tristan Steven Rodriguez, Grady Wayne Smith, Garrett Joe Smith. Evelyn is also survived by three sisters, Ruth Schriener and Juanita Brown, both of Duncan, and Phyllis Beal of San Antonio, Texas. In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests donations be made in honor of Evelyn to the hospice or church of your choice. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Pauls Valley. Inurnment will be in Hastings Cemetery, Hastings, Oklahoma. Professional services are under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family’s guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 30, 2016
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