June 30, 1925 - Oct. 22, 2008
CURTIS -- Evelyn Beatrice McPherson, 88, of Imperial, formerly of Curtis, died Wednesday (Oct. 22, 2008).
She was born June 30, 1920, to Hugh Duncan and Effie Mary (Calkins) McPherson at their home in Hooker County. When she was almost four years old her mother, Effie died in Grand Island. She started school at a Sand Hills country school located between Mullen and Seneca.
In 1927, she moved with her father and sister near Hayes Center. When she was in the sixth grade, her father, made arrangements for her to stay with and work for Elva "Tots" andGeorge Kittle while she continued to attend school in Hayes Center. She continued to live with the Kittles until she graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1938.
In 1939, she married Clifford Fletcher. She later married Oliver Johnston. They moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1964 where her husband was employed by the Swift company ice cream plant. In 1972, the family moved to Curtis. She was a cook at Medicine Valley High School from 1972-1984.
She called Curtis home and lived there until Oliver's death in 2001. Later that year, she moved to Kenesaw to be near her daughter, Janet Harpham. She lived in Kenesaw until shortly before Janet's death in 2004. She then moved to the Imperial Manor in Imperial in 2003 to be near her daughter, Donna Vlasin. She also spent two years at Good Samaritan care facility in Hastings and returned to Imperial in October of 2008.
She was active in the United Methodist Church of Curtis and was a member of the United Methodist Women for many years. She was also active in card club.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clifford Fletcher; second husband, Oliver Johnston; son, Robert Johnston; daughter, Janet Harpham; and grandson, Mark Johnston.
Survivors include her family, Louis Fletcher and wife, Betty of Aledo, Texas, son-in-law, Ron Harpham of Kenesaw, Lou and Jane Johnston of Blue Springs, Mo., Doug and Phyllis Johnston of Florance, Ariz., Bonnie Goodson of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Donna and Randy Vlasin of Imperial; 19 grandchildren. and 40 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today at United Methodist Church in Curtis with the Rev. Lana Fong officiating. Burial followed in the Curtis Cemetery.
Online condolences can be given at www.blasestrauser.co.
Memorials may be made to the family at PO Box 834, Imperial, Nebraska 69033 or the Curtis United Methodist Church.
Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.