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Evelyn Chiddister

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Evelyn Chiddister, 89, died in Bloomington, Ind., on Tuesday morning, Aug.11, following an illness. A longtime resident of Goshen, Ind., Evelyn moved to Yellow Springs to be near her daughter in June 2007 after she fell and broke her hip, living first in the Friends Care Community Extended Care Center and then in the Friends Assisted Living Center, until her move to Bloomington four months ago.

Evelyn, the daughter of Louise and James Jontz, was born in Silver Lake, Ind., in 1920. She was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated from Indiana University, where she met and married the love of her life, Dan Chiddister of Goshen, Ind. After Dan returned from the war in 1945, the couple moved to Goshen, where they raised their two children, Dan and Diane. They had a host of good friends who moved to Goshen after the war and raised their families together.

Evelyn will be remembered for her elegance and her kindness. She loved to play golf, which she had to give up a few years ago, and to play bridge, which she enjoyed until a week before she died. She was an avid Republican and Indiana University sports fan. Most of all, she loved her family.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Dan, in 1988, and her brother, Lee. She is survived by her sister Aileen of Prairie Mission, Kan., son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Jacqui, of Bloomington, Ind., and her daughter Diane of Yellow Springs; her grandchildren Michelle Taylor of Chapel Hill, N.C., Todd Chiddister of Naperville, Ill., Ryan Chiddister of Centerville, Ind., and Hallie Cranos of Yellow Springs; and by her great-grandchildren, McKenna, Mya, Katie and Daniel Chiddister.

Services will take place in Goshen, Ind.


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