Evelyn Maxine Ham went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Evelyn was born on April the 8, 1924 to Charles and Francena Holmes Vest. She grew up on the
State Line between Prescott and Hume and as a child walked with her brother and sister to the
Fairmount Church every Sunday. She graduated from Prescott High School and after high school Evelyn
worked at the Western Insurance Company waiting for her high school sweetheart to return from basic
training. Walt Ham and Evelyn Vest were married in 1946 and together they drove a model T Ford to
Washington D. C. on dirt roads. In Washington Walt worked at the Pentagon and also was a guard at the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier until the war ended. Evelyn was employed by the original Macys
Department store while in Washington.
After returning to Prescott Evelyn was employed by the Prescott Bank, the United States Post
Office, and Ham Implement Company. She later owned a ceramic shop where many clients were taught
the art of ceramic. In addition to being a wife and mother and working full time, she was the best home
maker around, a wonderful cook, a seamstress, always had a garden and canned, and she loved her
beautiful flowers. She would have even made June Cleaver look bad! (And Evelyn was beautiful)
Evelyn lost Walt, her best friend and husband of 67 years, in November of 2014. They were still
just as devoted to one another as they were in high school. Evelyn missed Walt so much, that family
and friends may take much comfort knowing that they are now together again. Evelyn was just waiting
for her happy reunion with Walt and her Lord.
Evelyn is survived by her two children. Son, Larry Ham and wife Pam of rural Fort Scott and Linda
Pruitt and husband Urvy of Fort Scott. She was blessed with four grandsons and their families. Kirby and
Jay Ham, and Jeff and Derek Fugate. There are eight great grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister
Addie Mae Ralph of Fort Scott, Ks and two sister in laws, Shirley Park of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Clara
Vest of Springfield, Mo. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bud Vest.
Evelyn was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Fort Scott and she was very close to
her church family. She listened to Pastor Paul Rooks on the radio every Sunday. Graveside services will
be conducted by Pastor Paul Rooks on Thursday June 7, 2018 at 10.30 am at the Prescott Cemetery,
Prescott, Ks. Schneider Funeral Home Pleasanton, Ks. Is in charge of arrangements. A special thanks to
the caring staff at Prescott County View Nursing Home. Evelyn always said, They are so clean and they
feed me too much.
A graveside service will be at 10:30 am, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Prescott Cemetery. The family suggest
contributions to the Grace Baptist Church and may be sent in care of Schneider Funeral Home
P.O. Box 525 Pleasanton, Kansas 66075. Online condolences may be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com
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