Evelyn's Story

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Mary Evelyn (Smith) Secrist passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 2, 2017. She was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Bradenton, FL, to Willis and Ruby Delores (Regan) Smith. Orphaned at age nine, Evelyn was raised by her aunt, Mary Alice Field, and her husband, Louis, in Kannapolis, NC.
Evelyn earned a bachelor's in home economics from Asbury University and was destined by alphabet to sit next to Robert Bernard Secrist during chapel; they were married on graduation day in 1952. Evelyn taught elementary school during most of Robert's 45 years in the Detroit Conference, United Methodist Church.
Retiring to Fairfield Glade, Evelyn was active in the Garden Club, Ladies Club and the Cumberland Medical Center Auxiliary.
Besides her husband, Evelyn is survived by her three daughters, Lisa Lukens, Tamara Sheeran and Dawn Smith; five grandchildren, Staci (Skiles) Schaum, Scott Skiles, Ashley (Sheeran) Huizinga, AJ Sheeran and Tyler Sheeran; and three great-grandchildren, Autumn, Alaina and Hunter Huizinga. Evelyn is also survived by cousin-turned-sister, Mary Carolyn Field.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Fairfield Glade Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Hospice of Cumberland County or the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.
Published on October 20, 2017
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