Evelyn Editha Obermueller (Obenhaus) passed away on January 22, 2022 in Olathe, KS after a long and full life of 94 years. She was born at home in Kress, TX to Adolph and Agnes (Buhrkuhl) Obenhaus on October 29, 1927. Evelyn was the first of five children and grew up on a farm in the panhandle of Texas. She experienced the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression and talked about the fine dust darkening the sky and collecting on the windowsills of their stucco home. Her mother sewed their clothes from material made for flour sacks. Evelyn excelled in school. She won speech competitions and was the valedictorian of her high school class. She went to business school and then worked for a Realtor and land manager.
Faith played an important roll in Evelyn’s life. Her father, Adolph, helped organize the Lutheran church in Plainview, TX, and was choir director. The church had a new pastor, Nolan Obermueller. Nolan’s brother, Vernon, was recently discharged from the Navy after World War II, and came to visit. Vernon met Evelyn while she was at choir practice. They were married a year later and moved to Lincoln, KS where they farmed. Vernon and Evelyn had three children, Dale, Linda, and Steven.
In addition to working on the farm, Evelyn worked as a teacher’s assistant in Westfall, KS, and then as secretary for the Soil Conservation Service in Lincoln, KS. After the death of her husband, she moved to Belen, NM in 1987, where she worked in the business office of New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch for five years. She later moved to Albuquerque, NM where she worked as an office assistant for Wausau Insurance. She retired from Wausau Insurance at age 69 and started a home-based business selling Noevir skin care products. With her fair complexion and friendly outgoing demeanor, she made many friends, and was successful to the point that she earned trips to corporate conventions in diverse locations such as Tokyo, Vancouver, and Orlando. She was once a convention speaker where she confessed, as a woman in her late 70’s, that she was an addict…to the skin care products, much to the amusement of the crowd.
Evelyn was an active member of her church, New Covenant, in Albuquerque, NM, and she led regular Bible study groups. A Church sponsored trip to the Holy Land was a cherished memory. She shared pictures of Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, and Jericho. Evelyn was a talented artist and loved gardening, fishing, camping, and touring the Southwest.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Vernon; parents Adolph and Agnes Obenhaus; sister Sylvia Abbot; and son-in-law Thomas Maguire. She is survived by her son, Dale Obermueller (Ava) of Corpus Christi, TX; grandson, Trent Obermueller (Ellen) of Plano, TX; great grandchildren, Sydney and Dylan; daughter, Linda Maguire of Mt Sterling, KY; son, Steven Obermueller (Amy) of Overland Park, KS; granddaughters, Lauren Obermueller of Kansas City, MO and Mia Obermueller of Sunnyvale, CA; and siblings, Delores Obermueller of Lincoln, KS, Bernita Measles (Bob) of Magnolia, TX, and brother Harold Obenhaus (Ruth) of Plainview, TX.
There will be a private graveside ceremony. Friends and family will be invited to a Celebration of Evelyn’s Life at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution can be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o, Hall Chapel, PO Box 37, Lincoln, KS 67455 or made directly to Meals on Wheels America, PO Box 791568, Baltimore, MD 21279-1568.
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