Evelyn Bombeck Myers Peacefully Passes
By Space Coast Daily // March 15, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA — Evelyn Bombeck Myers,92, of Cocoa Beach left this earth to be with the rest of the angels on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, dying of natural causes.
She left peacefully and gracefully, surrounded by her loving family, which is how she lived her long and eventful life.
Evelyn was born on October 6, 1919 in the small town of Indianola, Pennsylvania, the oldest child of Paul and Mary Bombeck, Sr.
Her parents were recent immigrants from Silesia and the Ukraine, respectively, and Evelyn remembered her father taking her with him to the courthouse to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen when she was ten years old.
During the Depression, Evelyn worked in her family garden and delivered eggs around the neighborhood from her little wagon, to help bring in a little extra money for the family during hard times.
She graduated from Springdale High School and had hoped to go to Duquesne University to become a teacher. The family lacked the finances to support her in this, so she enrolled in the Robert Morris Business College, where she learned the skills to become a secretary. Her first job was with the Standard Duplicating Co. of Pittsburgh (where she got a five dollar bonus for working late to finish an important project!), and later Alcoa, and Crucible Steel Co.
Her favorite job of all time though, was at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Huntsville, Alabama, where she was in charge of the payroll.
Evelyn’s kitchen was a favorite place for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to be in, and she always put a lot of love into whatever she was cooking. She was famous for making wonderful beef stews, homemade soups and other hearty, but simple fare. Everyone’s favorite recipe, however, was her holiday nut rolls which she only baked for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the family would eagerly gather ’round the table to partake of this special treat.
Her highest joy was doting on the children of each generation, feeding, burping, changing, reading, and rocking to sleep each child that came along, and spoiling and loving each one in her own way. She felt that education was one of the most important things in a child’s life, and provided strong encouragement and even financial support for each grandchild who chose to pursue an education. She felt fulfilled by helping each one to realize the dream she was not able to accomplish.
Evelyn loved flowers and was often to be found tending her roses and other flowers around her garden until late in life. Her finest skill though, was as a Master Gardner in the Garden of Life of each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Terry, of Atlanta, Georgia, Barbara Connors of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Mark of Boston, Massachusetts, and Linda Lair of Winter Park, Florida; brother, Paul Bombeck; and sister, Helen Pochan, both of Springdale, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside service Monday, March 19th, 12:00 p.m., Deer Creek Cemetery, 902 Russellton Rd., Cheswick, Pennsylvania.