Evelyn Mildred (Hardin) Behrendsen, age 93, passed away peacefully in her daughter’s home in Gainesville, Ga. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, following an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Rutherford County, N.C. She was the daughter of Pinkney Oliver Hardin and Lu Ella Mae (Wilkie), and she was the beloved sister and sole survivor of her immediate family, which included six brothers and two sisters.
She was preceded in death by former husbands, Edward M. Kale of Greensboro, N.C., Charles H. Martin of Sandusky, and John W. Behrendsen of Port Clinton.
Survivors to cherish her memory are three children, Cynthia (Bonnie Martin) Whited and husband Ted of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dennis C. Martin of Woodstock, Ga.; Tonya (Martin) Rogers and husband Bill of Gainesville; seven grandchildren, Scott Cousino, Timothy Cousino, Jason Whited, Melanie (Mavros) Emmett and husband Timothy, Matthew Mavros, Blake Martin, and Nichole Foust; and three great-grandchildren, Spencer, Jonathan, and Savanna Cousino.
Evelyn was a woman of exceptional intelligence and her vast knowledge on various topics made her an engaging conversationalist. After graduating from Forest City Cool Springs High School she worked at a nylon/ hosier plant facility in Gastonia, N.C. During World War II she was employed at the Enka Textile Plant in Ashville, N.C. Shortly after moving to Sandusky, she went to work at New Departure Hyatt and afterwards at Herman’s Furniture Store. She enjoyed traveling and loved talking politics, following sporting events, reading a good mystery – and was quite often heard quoting her favorite poetry.
She was an independent thinker with an inquiring mind, a strong-willed woman who loved nature and gardening, and a woman of fine taste and fashion. In her later years she enjoyed playing bingo with friends and family. Her remarkable memory was put to good use over the past 10 years by assisting her children with their family genealogy inquiries.
Evelyn’s quick-witted sense of humor and incredible inner strength sustained her through life with compassion and dignity. For those who first met her it was difficult not to like her. For those who knew her it was impossible not to love her. She was known to spend countless hours in prayer for others. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are her greatest legacy, and they repeatedly describe her as a very loving and quite amazing woman. Her memory will remain in their hearts forever.
Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, with Memorial service to follow immediately, at Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences to memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.