Evelyn Hoxsey, 94, died Nov. 17, 2012, with her family by her side.

She was born Margaret Eveline Cain in Toledo, Oregon on Oct.22, 1918. At the age of six, her mother left her at the neighbor’s doorstep. Those neighbors, Pierce and Jenny Collard, took her in and gave her a sense of love and family.

Evelyn attended Salem High School and was in the honor society and won awards in home economics. At the age of 89, she did an infomercial for Kitchenaid Stand Mixers.

In 1941, Evelyn married Eugene Raymond Hoxsey. They had two children, James and Barbara. They were married for 67 years, until Gene’s death in 2008. She worked as a medical assistant and EEG technician at Fairview Hospital and Training Center. She loved the outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, boating, fishing, and camping. She would usually catch the first fish, the biggest fish, or the most fish on any outdoor adventure. Always staying busy, Evelyn was usually working on three projects at once. Her favorite was oil painting. She also liked needlework and quilting, usually giving away whatever she made. Evelyn loved to bake; a skill she learned from Jenny Collard. She could always be counted on to bring a fresh batch of cookies to any event. She also enjoyed planning parties. She would create fun evenings for friends at the Silverton Elks. She would often entertain others by dressing up as different characters. Evelyn started the first parade in Manbrin Gardens. She was the grand marshal of the 2012 Keizer Iris Festival Parade.

She is survived by her children James C. Hoxsey (Sarah Robinson) of Belize, Central America, and Barbara Cross (Ronald) of Salem, Oregon; grandchildren Jeff (Kellie)Hoxsey, Jennifer(Chris) Parillo, Jolie (Rob) Carter, Lora Cross, and Brian (Leslie) Cross; and nine great-grandchildren; Devin Bezoff & Gena Hoxsey, Elizabeth Parillo, Jackson and Dylan Carter, Nolan and Andrew Catton, Avery and Ryker Cross, as well as Jaden and Parker Brunhaver. Additionally Harold & Richard Watts, Nancy Collard, Jacki (Colin) Pitney, and Russell Pitney.

Donations may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice or the Silverton Elks Youth Fund. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2012 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Reception following at the home of Barb and Ron Cross.