Evelyn M. Guske died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 27, 2013 at the age of 98. She was born on Dec. 23, 1914 on the George Dean Farm near Kreger Lake, Eatonville, in the same house her mother was born in. Evelyn was one of four children with two sisters and one brother. She was the daughter of Oscar and Daisy (Dean) Lowell. She was raised on the Dean Farm and graduated from Eatonville High School in 1934.
She married Fred (Fritz) Guske, Jr. on Dec. 12, 1934. They acquired 160 acres next to Fred Guske, Sr. and began farming. In the beginning, it was very challenging with no cleared land, electricity, roads, water or buildings. Through hard work and time, they made the farm into a producing unit. Evelyn raised chickens and sold eggs well into the 1970s.
Evelyn was a 70-year member of Ohop Grange 812, and received a meritorious Service Award from the state extension service for 27 years of leadership as leader of the Silver Lake 4-H Club. She supervised the first cleanup of the Indian Henry Indian Cemetery as a community service project. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Mountain Star Chapter 179 O.E.S., a charter member of the Dogwood Garden Club, Silver Lake Club, Loggerettes Bowling Team, and the Eatonville Historical Society. She was a senior elder in the Snohomish Tribe of Indians.
She is survived by three children, Sharon Guske Aguilar, Jack Dean Guske and Thomas Aubrey Guske, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Questions asked about Evelyn frequently were “Is she still driving?” and “Is she still mowing the lawn on her riding lawnmower?” She continued to do both well into her 90s. One lasting memory for many young men was her tasty and very abundant meals served to the Hay Crews. She was also always very active in food preparation at the Grange to include the Ohop Smorgasbords. She was extremely proud of her gardens and had a knack for raising African Violets.
A memorial celebration of life will be held March 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ohop Grange. Any memorials in her name should go to the Ohop Grange or the Snohomish Tribe of Indians.