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Evelyn O. Kipling

Evelyn O. Kipling Evelyn “Evie” (Richards) Kipling, age 104, of Manhattan, died peacefully on Friday, October 26, 2018, at her daughter and son-in-law's Manhattan home.

A name meaning “Life” in Hebrew, Evelyn loved to dance, had a true sweet tooth, and could be ornery. She always enjoyed working and challenging her mind. Evelyn was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” when she first retired from her work. Her legacy is her incredible kindness and warmth. She did all the good that she could, for as long as ever she could.

Evelyn was born in Canyon, Texas on September 7, 1914. Her parents were Ethel and Homer Richards. She moved to Peoria, Illinois with her parents when she was four years old.

She graduated from Manual Training High School in Peoria in 1933. She graduated from Felt and Tarrant Comptometer School in Peoria in 1935. She was a comptometer operator for 15 years. She worked for Kroger Grocery in Peoria for five years before moving to Missouri. In 1942 Evelyn was employed by Hercules Powder Company in Louisiana, Mo. She was transferred to Hercules Powder Co. – out of Lawrence, Kansas – in October 1942. She worked in the Payroll Department until the plant was put on standby in 1948. She worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Topeka, Kansas from 1948 to 1949.

She married Chester (Chet) Kipling in Topeka, Kansas on February 20, 1949. They were married for 51 years until his death on August 11, 2000.

She leaves two daughters, Jayne Hooper and her husband Floyd of Manhattan, KS, and Karen Latshaw and her husband Sam of Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter, Courtney Eells and her husband Andrew; and one brother, Clarence Richards of Holts Summit, MO. Two brothers, Mark and Glenn Richards, precede her in death.

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