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Evelyn E. Markey

d. June 1, 2015

  • Born in May 14, 1921
  • Departed on June 1, 2015
  • Visitation: 5:00 until 8:00 PM Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens
  • Service: 10:00 AM Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens
  • Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois

Evelyn Markey, age 94, of Cantrall, passed away on June 1, 2015 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield.

She is survived by one son, David Markey; eight daughters, Janet Babb, Phyllis Muller, Karen Markey, Marcia (Mark) Baugher, Melinda Markey, Deana Schmock (companion John Rebbe), Madonna (Ed) Willis, Denise (Ben) Poteet; 26 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Myrtle Markey; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Larry; son-in-laws, Jim Muller and Tom Woodard; siblings, Adelyn Robinson, Ellis Dirks, Irene Winkleman, and Wilda Wasilewski; and a granddaughter, Monica Muller.

Evelyn was born May 14, 1921 in Springfield, Illinois the daughter of William F. and Jessie (Agrall) Dirks.

She married Lawrence Edward Markey, Jr. on May 31, 1941.

Evelyn was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and Women’s Society in Athens.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens.

Burial will be held at Calvary in Springfield, IL

Rev. Fr. Thomas Holinga will be officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church.



  1. Evelyn was a wonderful lady, loved by all of our family. I never heard her speak an unkind word of anyone or anything and she always carried a smile and offered a warm greeting. Evelyn perhaps is the last resident and vestige of “Old Cantrall” that many of us youngsters (who are now in our 70’s and 80′) refer when we talk about our childhood. St. Francis of Assisi, Elmon’s orchard, Mike’s pond, the C&IM, old elevator, Curry’s, Edie at the post office, Woods’ Tavern, Wimpy’s Garage, kick the can and chalk the corner are all treasured memories for me and others. Evelyn helped some of us learn how to sing the Latin phrases for church; and I will never forget the one that Evelyn made so simple by saying “It sounds like ‘in egg shells see’.” One of the last time I visited her, one of her youngest daughters was there. Evelyn told her this is your cousin: “your grandfather and his…oh forget about that, I am not sure you would understand.” My thoughts and prayers will certainly include Evelyn and her family. Love to each of you. Andy Wasilewski

  2. Very sorry to hear of Evelyn’s passing. We are currently out of town, but you are in our thoughts.
    Larry & Mary

  3. Harriett and Family,
    So sorry to hear about Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Deanna,

    our prayers are with you and hope the ache in your heart eases soon Love ya girl

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