Evelyn B. Minshull, 93, formerly of Mercer, died September 12, 2022 at Thornwald Home in Carlisle.
Evelyn Bell White Minshull’s life journey began on February 4, 1929, at her home near Templeton, Armstrong County. She was the fourth of seven children born to C. Lillian Kammerdiener and H. Grant White.
In 1939 the trip deviated to rural Mercer County, where – with minor interruptions for college, teaching assignments, etc. – it continued until a move in 2009 to Carlisle, and eventually to Thornwald Home.
Evelyn was educated at Mercer High School, Class of 1947; BS in Art Education with a minor in English at Edinboro State Teachers College, now Edinboro University, Edinboro, 1951; and Master of Education in English at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, 1973.
A trip to the Holy Land in 1999 was one of the most significant events in his journey.
Along with acknowledging the relentless encouragement of her parents, husband and children, Evelyn often expressed her gratitude to God for the gifts of art and creative writing and the many opportunities to use and develop them. to share.
What developed was an eclectic career, which included: 25½ years teaching in public schools, 22 of them at Commodore Perry Schools, Hadley; establishing long-term writing programs at Commodore Perry, including a relationship between students and published writers, begun in 1968 and continues today under the coordination of Gloria Peterman of Stoneboro; serving for 21 years as an advisor to Commodore Perry’s Youth Education Association (formerly Future Teachers of America) which has won numerous awards at annual state conventions; teaching 51 week-long courses in a seniors’ hostel for the Sawmill Art/Craft Centre, Cook Forest; serving for nearly 50 years as a certified lay speaker for The United Methodist Church; facilitation of workshops; directing puppet shows with his mother and daughters, as well as hundreds of chalk speeches; leading and/or participating in numerous writers’ conferences, with a long-term relationship spanning three decades with the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference; wrote numerous books, including 26 books which have been commercially published by Guideposts Books, Westminster Press, Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson and others; writing hundreds of published short stories, articles, plays and devotions; creation of a few murals (Palmer Pools, Mercer); creating six and a half years of seasonal window displays at Carlisle United Methodist Church; and taking advantage of decades of drawing quick portraits at art/craft shows, first in oil pastel and later in markers.
She is survived by three daughters, Valerie Shuty, recently from Costa Rica; Melanie Barry Wire (Doug), LaGrange, Ky.; and Robin Hittie, Carlisle; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Of her siblings, only a younger sister, Jean White Allen, who resides with James, the youngest of her four children, in Lansing, Michigan, survives.
An older brother, Ernest Grant, died aged 95 in Colorado in 2020. Two brothers died at birth; her older sister, Opal Ruth, died aged 12; and her younger sister, Pansy Lee, died aged 8.
Also preceding her in death were an infant son, Michael Grant, 1957; his parents; Fred, her husband of 56 and a half years, who died at the age of 92 on February 29, 2008; and two sons-in-law, David Barry, 51, and David Hittie, 65.
Memorial tributes can be directed to Commodore Perry Schools for Writing and Art Programs, or Autism Awareness, through the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania (https ://www.autismnwpa.org/).
Celebration of Life: 11 a.m. Saturday (9/24/22) at the ROBERT L. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 169 Second St., Fredonia, with Rev. Eric M. Peters officiating.
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fairview Township.