Beulah Evelyn Hostettler, age 82, of Clay City, Illinois, passed away Monday morning, May 20, 2019, at the home of her son, Tony.
She was born November 6, 1936, in Bridgeport, the daughter of William Elmer and Beulah Ellen (Keneipp) Hall. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Harold Hostettler on June 1, 1954, at the United Methodist Church in Clay City and together they have shared 64 years of marriage.
Evelyn embraced her family and grandchildren with a lifetime of love and care, and they brought her countless smiles and much happiness. She enjoyed planting and tending to her flowers and abundant vegetable garden, and she was often taking time to make progress on her crocheting, quilting, and sewing projects. She also welcomed the opportunity for a fishing outing or camping trip. Evelyn retired after over 50 years of service to The Clay City Banking Company as a bookkeeper and in other roles. She and Kenneth became members of Zif Baptist Church where she worked with the Missionary Group in the past, and they were formerly part of Hoosier Prairie Baptist Church. She assisted with the bookkeeping and activities of the Clay City Fire Department and volunteered her time to help many others throughout the years.
She is survived by her husband: Kenneth Hostettler of Clay City; 4 children: Tim (Kim) Hostettler of Clay City, Tracy Hostettler (Sheila Waller) of Clay City, Tony (Jan) Hostettler of Clay City, and Gwen Brown of Flora; 9 grandchildren: Amanda Hostettler (Matthew Monical) of Clay City, Cassandra (Greg) Scott of Altamont, Travis (Felicia) Hostettler of Flora, Eric (Stephanie) Hostettler of Clay City, Chelsea Brown (Brandon Miller) of Bridgeport, Ethan Brown of Sailor Springs, Corrinna (Blake) Eaker of Salem, Skyler DeVore of Clay City, and Tyler (Gabby) Fuentes of Vincennes, Indiana; 18 great-grandchildren plus one soon expected great-grandson; a brother: Gene Hall of Clay City; and extended family including in-laws and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son: Kenneth Wayne Hostettler; a grandson: Steven Hostettler; a great-grandson: Kamden Blanchard; a brother: Phillip “Fish” Hall; and a sister-in-law: Mary Ruth Hall.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Kelly Carruthers officiating. Interment will follow in Clay City Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Zif Baptist Church or the Clay City Fire Department and will be accepted through the funeral home.