Evelyn Linstra Sum, age 92, of Bluffton, South Carolina, formerly of Salamanca, NY and Ellicottville, NY died Saturday, August 4, 2018 at her home in Bluffton, following a long illness.
Born on April 30, 1926 in Mount Greenwood, Illinois, her parents were John and Fanje Linstra.
Evelyn was married on May 9, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. Paul W. Sum. They were married for 58 years until Dr. Sum’s death on Dec 8, 2011.
She is survived by five children, Suzy (Paul) Stetz of Salamanca, New York, Cyndy (Greg) Ford of Bluffton, South Carolina, Rob(Rosie)Sum of Springboro, Ohio and Jay (Robin) Sum of Olive Branch, Mississippi and Beverly Jane “Jane-O” Sum of Bluffton, South Carolina.
She is survived by seven grandchildren, Havilah (Jordan) Whetstone, Irene (Dusty) Marsh, Olivia Stetz, Emma (Alex) Prenger, Emily Sum, Jennifer Ford, and Nathan Sum, two great- grandchildren Evadene Jane Whetstone and Olin David Whetstone and several nieces and nephews.
She was previously deceased by her parents John and Fanje Linstra.
She was previously deceased by her siblings Andrew Linstra, Jacob Linstra,
Henry Linstra, Grace Morrow and Jeanette Lucas Holliday.
She was previously deceased by two grandchildren Julie Suzanne Stetz and Haley Elizabeth Sum.
She is survived by one sister Anita (John) Van Ryn of Midlothian, Illinois.
Evelyn graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois in February 1944. She is a graduate of the Fox Secretarial College in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She met her future husband, Dr. Paul W. Sum while working as a medical secretary at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. After they were married, they lived in Chicago, Illinois, Augsburg, Germany, Mount Vernon, NY, Loudonville, NY, Salamanca, NY and Ellicottville,NY. When she and her husband retired, they moved to Bluffton, South Carolina where they spent the remainder of their years.
While living in Salamanca, Evelyn was an active member of the United/Methodist Church, taught Sunday School, and served on various committees. She was a past board member of the Rehabilitation Center. Evelyn was an avid golfer and was a member of Elkdale Country Club, and past president of the Ladies of Elkdale. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, worked with the Girl Scouts, and did hospital visits. She was an avid skier.
While living in Bluffton, South Carolina, Evelyn loved watching her daughter, Jane-O participate in Special Olympics Bowling. Evelyn’s generous donations helped the team travel to several tournaments in cities such as Las Vegas, NV and Syracuse, NY. She was a member of Freedom Life Church, volunteered at local homeschool groups and Programs for Exceptional People (PEP). While residing in Sun City Hilton Head, SC, Evelyn started the Euchre Club that has grown to over 200 members.
Evelyn’s pastimes included golfing, swimming, going to plays and several trips to Disney World with her daughter Jane-O.
Evelyn was very social, she loved parties and dining out. No one was ever a stranger to her. She loved being involved in and enjoyed hearing about her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. She loved to play board games and cards and she was a master at telling jokes. She possessed a witty and fun sense of humor. She loved gardening and keeping houseplants. She had the greenest of green thumbs.
She was a great cook and had a passion to serve others. She was always willing to listen to her kids in every situation. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service and celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Grace Coastal Church 15 Williams Drive, Bluffton, South Carolina. Burial will be in the Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary St. Beaufort, South Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) 39 Sheridan Park Circle Bluffton, South Carolina 29910, the Bluffton Youth Theatre, 2026 Blakers Blvd. Bluffton, South Carolina 29909, the Salamanca Public Library 155 Wildwood Avenue Salamanca, New York 14779 or to the Ellicottville Memorial Library 6499 Maples Rd Ellicottville, New York 14731.
Grace Coastal Church
Sunday September 2nd, 2018
15 Williams Dr
Okatie, SC 29909
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