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Evelyn Goetten McCormick

July 9th, 2018

Evelyn Goetten McCormick, 61, of Monroe City, Missouri, passed away at 10:35 PM Monday, July 9, 2018 at her home. She was born on August 10, 1956 in Alton, IL, the daughter of Edmund "Bud" and Sarah "Cris" (Crissip) Goetten. Evelyn married Marlin McCormick on July 8, 1978 in Jerseyville, IL. He survives.

Also surviving are her daughter, Erica (and Nick) Grant of DeWitt, IA, 2 grandchildren, Meredith and Lauren, her brother Edward (and Teresa) Goetten of Jerseyville, IL, her sister Christine Goetten of Godfrey, IL, and her sister-in-law, Marsha McCormick of Macomb, IL.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Carissa Leigh McCormick and several aunts and uncles.

Evelyn was a graduate of Western Illinois University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Child Development. Professionally she began her career as a social worker in Iowa and later worked for a private agency. She found her passion for bettering the lives of the youngsters in the communities she served while working as a parent educator coordinator for the Beardstown, IL School District pre-Kindergarten program for 10 years. Evelyn later embarked on a long rewarding career with the University of Missouri where she served as a childcare development consultant. "Miss Evelyn" as she was known to many children traveled throughout the state to child care centers and assisted those teaching with ideas for early childhood development and often developed creative activities that challenged the children and helped them start their educational journey on the "right foot". Always an optimist, diligently prepared leaving no details to chance, Evelyn was a gifted educator. She simply loved her job and the children she visited every day.

Away from work, Evelyn's faith and family came first. Time shared with her family was a treasure. Evelyn cultivated strong and lasting friendships with those she came into contact with over the years in the communities and places that she lived and worked. An avid reader, Evelyn read newspapers, histories and faith based writings often. She loved to study genealogy and "connect the dots" in her own family tree. Simple pleasures brought a smile to Evelyn's face, a classic film, a George Strait song or a visit with her granddaughters.

A devout Catholic, Evelyn's faith was her rock. She spent much time in prayer and reflection. Trips away from home often involved a quick visit by Evelyn to a place special to her faith, possibly a noted Cathedral or shrine.

Evelyn was a member of the Daughter's of Isabella and also a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Monroe City, MO.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 1-2 pm at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Ipava Cemetery, Ipava, IL. Deacon Mike Long will officiate. Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic School, Monroe County Cancer Supporters or Holy Rosary Catholic Church.


February 2nd, 2019

Please except my deepest condolences. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear loved one is safe in the memory of God, and in his assuring words found in John 5:28, 29.