Evelyn Sell, 75, Neosho, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12, 2011. She passed way at the Landmark Hospital, Joplin, following a three-month illness.


Evelyn Sell, 75, Neosho, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12, 2011. She passed way at the Landmark Hospital, Joplin, following a three-month illness.

Evelyn was born in Binger, Okla., on Feb. 8, 1936, to Raymond Avril and Minnie Oneida (Jay) Skelton. She was the granddaughter of the late Thomas Oscar and Minnie Isabelle (Martin) Jay.

She moved when she was a small child with her family to Chowchilla, Calif., where she grew up attending school and the Brethren Church, where she first met her later-to-be husband. Evelyn graduated from Chowchilla Union High School in 1955.

On May 28, 1959, Evelyn was united in marriage to the love of her life, Glenn Eugene Sell. Together they shared 52 years of marriage before her passing.

In 1971 Evelyn, along with her husband and children, moved from California to Neosho. While living here and raising her family, she attended the Neosho Beauty College and became a licensed cosmetologist working in that field until 1976 when she and her family returned to California. There she attended the Modesto Jr. College, receiving her associate’s degree in medical assisting.

Evelyn also had worked in the genealogy field since 1969. She had not only done research on her and her husband’s family tree, but for many other friends and family members as well. She took part in writing family stories for and helping to organize the book. “From Whence We Came” and has family stories published in the “Biographical Sketches of Newton County Families” book.

Evelyn was a member and past president of the Chowchilla Lioness Club, a charter member of the Chowchilla Lioness/Lion’s Club, a lifetime member of the Chowchilla Historical Society and a member of the American Legion of La Grande, Calif. She was also an organizing member of the DAR Chapter of El Portal De Las Sierras of Madera, Calif., an organizing member of the Colonial Dames Chapter of James IV of Ceres, Calif., a member of the Rebecca’s Lodge of Chowchilla, Calif., and a member of the DAR Chapter in Neosho.

In 2001, Evelyn and her husband made the move once again back to Neosho where they made their final home to be with family.

She loved cake decorating, genealogy, history, reading, photography, traveling, family and friends. One of Evelyn’s greatest joys in life was loving her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all remember, there was nothing like spending the night at Grandma’s house.

Evelyn is survived by her husband, Glenn; her daughter, Renee Sell, and boyfriend, Curtis Owen; and her son, Jeffrey Sell, all of Neosho; three grandchildren, Jennifer Fry, and husband, Jeff, Joplin, Michelle Brown and husband, Nick, Neosho, and Brandon Matlock, Joplin; five great-grandchildren, Isaac, Breana and McKenna Fry, Joplin, and Naylen and Nevaeh Brown, Neosho; two brothers, Danny Skelton and wife, Janice, William Skelton and wife, Carol; and sister-in-law, Mary Skelton, all of Chowchilla, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Lois Mills and husband, Raymond, Dos Palos, Calif.; several nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Forrest Skelton and Thomas Skelton; and her twin sister, Ivelyn Blanton.

The body has been taken for cremation.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in the New Salem Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Laughlin, from the Promiseland Fellowship Church, officiating.

Burial will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Evelyn Sell Memorial Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.