Evelyn Lucille (Moss) McCann, 96, Oakwood (Dayton), Ohio, formerly of Kokomo, died at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at the Trinity Community of Beavercreek Rehab Unit following stroke complications. She was born July 3, 1917, in rural Howard County on the Cass County line to Homer and Maye (Dotterer) Moss. She married Jacob H. McCann on April 5, 1941. He died Feb. 20, 1976.
Evelyn attended elementary school in Galveston before transferring to the Kokomo public school system when the Moss family moved to Kokomo in 1930. She married during the Depression a debonair widower with two young sons and called all three hers. She raised the boys as her own, took care of her husband in the best way possible, worked in a women’s retail environment for 30 years at the Carl Ann Shop, then The Fashion, helping others look their best; and then worked at Delco Radio Division of General Motors Corp. as an inspector in the transistor and later computer chip laboratory for 11 years. She was the epitome of class, love, elegance and beauty. She had “Fun” in life, living it to the fullest. She loved God, her family, the Chicago Cubs, dancing, playing cards, church work, anything the color pink, and Milky-Way candy bars.
She and her husband, Jake, traveled to 42 of the states and two territories, plus Mexico and Canada. She was a member of the Red Hat Society; Kokomo Aerie 255 Fraternal Order of Eagles, Kokomo Elks Lodge 190, and a 60-year member of Main Street United Methodist Church Women’s Circle, making oodles of noodles for various fund-raising activities, programs and ministry outreach of the church. Evelyn was invited by three U.S. presidents to attend their fine inaugural balls; she attended two while Jake was alive. Son Bob was on the White House staff for 20 years in his first career before being called to the ministries.
In retirement, Evelyn regularly wintered in Florida, collected stuffed bears and angel figurines, watched her favorite TV shows, “Dancing With the Stars,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Golf Channel” and “Lawrence Welk.” She moved to Oakwood (Dayton), Ohio, five years ago from Kokomo to reside with son Bob McCann.
Evelyn is survived by her son, the Rev. Dr. Bob McCann, Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren, Connie Cuddy, St. Charles, Mo., Cathy (Dennis) Zampitella, Ballwin, Mo., and Craig (Susan) McCann, Kansas City, Kan.; eight great-grandchildren; 14 great-great grandkids; one sister in-law, Barbara Moss; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Bill McCann; one granddaughter, Christine McCann-Boatman; two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Harry and Audry Moss, Harold Moss; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Thelma (Lee) Bone and Mary (Joe) Korby; and two stepsisters and husbands, Waneta (Virgil) Carter and Marguerite (Art) LaDow.
Funeral services will be at noon Friday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with the Rev. Dr. Bob McCann, the Rev. Nancy Blevins and the Rev. John Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow at the Jerome/Union Township Cemetery, east of Greentown. Friends may visit with her family from 10:30 a.m. until noon Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Evelyn’s memory be made to the MSUMC Memorial Fund, Main Street United Methodist Church, 830 S. Main St., Kokomo, IN 46901. Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com. Arrangements have been entrusted with Stout & Son Funeral Home.