Evelyn Wares, age 74, passed away on August 29, 2015 at the Morton County Care Center in Elkhart, Kansas. She was born September 23, 1940 in Leach, Oklahoma, the daughter of Roy and Emma (Powers) Lawrence.

Evelyn started school in Leach along with her cousins. The family moved to the Oklahoma Panhandle where she attended Yarbrough School and then Elkhart schools. She met Darrell Wares at the old Doric Theater in Elkhart. They married on October 18, 1955 in Clayton, New Mexico. Evelyn enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, and cooking. The family never knew if the latest recipe she was trying would be a “keeper” or not. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday and she would spend several days cooking for it. The menu grew as the family increased since she would try to incorporate everyone’s favorite dish.  

Survivors include three daughters, Vickie and Tom Myers of Elkhart, Kansas, Jennifer and Dave Hanson of Amarillo, Texas, Debbie and Tim Coen of Elkhart, Kansas; two sons, Robert and Julie Wares of Elk Grove, California, Jamie Wares of Elkhart, Kansas; sister, Shirley Collins of Stayton, Oregon; ten grandchildren, Jessica Myers, Amber Brewer, David Hanson, Micheal Coen, Tashina, Chayton, and Mia Wares, Chelsey and Jacob Swim, Taylor Wares; and four great-grandchildren, Brooke and Austin Brewer, and Kinzley and Aria Miller.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband Darrell; father, Roy Lawrence; mother, Emma Jenkins; step-father, Kenneth Jenkins; and brother, Kenneth Lawrence.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart, Kansas with Pastor Jim Lavielle officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.