On this day, November 1, 2018, Heaven gained a special angel when God called his daughter, Evelyn Lynell Morgan Spring to her eternal home. Evelyn was born in Dundee, New York, April 29, 1932, to Allyn Evans Morgan and Edith Marie Smith Morgan.
She was raised on the family dairy farm near Reading Center, New York helping her mother can fruits and vegetables each year while attending the one-room school in Irelandville where grades 1 through 8 were taught. Evelyn graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1949 as class Salutatorian, and then attended Keuka College in the Finger Lakes region receiving a bachelor’s degree in science in 1954. After graduation, she began work for General Electric in Schenectady, New York working on betatron testing. In 1956, she began working at the GE operated Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory as a nuclear physicist and analyst, conducting computer mock-ups of nuclear reactor designs. One of her first jobs was helping design nuclear fusion reactors for the USS Nautilus submarine, the first atomic and steam submarine. While working for GE she continued her education by earning her master’s degree in 1963 from Union College in Schenectady, New York, writing her thesis on the Double Fourier Series. Evelyn further continued her education by attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York for nuclear physics.
On May 27, 1961, she married George Carney Spring in Reading Center, who preceded her in death June 22, 2012. When they began their family in 1963 with the birth of their first son, Evelyn made the choice to be a stay-at-home mother, and remained as such until the family moved to Ohio and she began working at Schmitt’s Furniture and Carpet (Byesville, Ohio) in 1975. She purchased the store in 1990 and in 1993 changed the name to Byesville Furniture and Carpet. Evelyn enjoyed meeting new people and catching up with friends who stopped by the store for a chat. She continued successfully operating the store that brought her such joy until her retirement in 2012, at the age of 80.
Throughout her years living and working in Guernsey County, Ohio, Evelyn gave her time and resources selflessly, and oftentimes anonymously, to a number of charities and organizations. She was a member of the Byesville Rotary since 1998 and was a strong, ardent supporter of all the club’s projects and programs. While a member of this civic organization she received the Paul Harris Award in 2001, one of Rotary International’s highest awards, and received the Rotarian of the Year Award in 2016. She was a member and past Treasurer of the East Union Presbyterian Church, past Secretary of the Byesville Board of Trade receiving their Person Of The Year Award in 1999, and a member of the International Accountants Society. As a lover and patron of the arts, Evelyn was active with Cambridge Performing Arts Center and Living Word Outdoor Drama, and was a past board member or each.
Evelyn loved spending time with family and friends, receiving letters and cards from those she held dear in her heart, and she enjoyed gardening and birdwatching in her spare time.
In addition to her husband and parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by one brother-in-law: Berle Arthurs.
Evelyn will be largely missed by the community she served and loved, as well as those family members left to cherish her beautiful memory, which are her sons: Gary Bryan (LaDawn) Spring of Caldwell, Ohio, and Samuel Steven (Lisa) Spring of Fort Wayne, Indiana; five grandchildren: Ashley Spring and Adam Spring of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Emma & Ethan Carpenter and Ellery Spring all of Caldwell, Ohio; one brother: Harry Morgan of Mansfield, Pennsylvania; two sisters: Wilma Arthurs of Arlington, Texas, and Beryl Iven of Manteo, North Carolina; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. at Black-Epperson Funeral Home, Byesville where services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Larry Jack officiating. Burial will be in East Union Cemetery, 59535 Claysville, Cambridge, Ohio 43725.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.black-eppersonfuneralhomes.com