Eva Lou Vredenburg


(Jan. 24, 2004)

A memorial service celebrating the life of Eva Lou Vredenburg, who died at her home in Powell on Saturday, Jan. 24, will be Friday, Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. in the Powell-Cody Community of Christ Church 16 miles west of Powell on U.S. 14-A. She was 80.

Her family will remember her as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Cremation has taken place as per her wishes.

She was born June 13, 1923, at the Graham family homestead two and one-half miles east of Powell. She was the youngest of seven children born to Herf Stewart Graham and Nellis Grace (Allen) Graham.

After graduating from Powell High School in 1941, she trained at Great Falls Commercial College in Montana. Her secretarial career took her to Kansas and New Mexico before she returned to Powell in 1944 and became secretary to R.A. Nelson at First National Bank and Nelson Insurance.

She married Amos S. Vredenburg of Missouri on Sept. 17, 1948. They settled in Powell, raised five children and provided a temporary, loving home and shelter to many others. Eva Lou never met a stranger. She had a smile, kind word and "love" to share.

She was a dedicated, lifelong volunteer who served her community and state as a member and officer in many organizations, including the Riverside Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Gray Ladies, the American Red Cross and her church.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Amos Vredenburg; her children, Laurel Vredenburg, Scott Vredenburg, JoAmy Rice, Matt Vredenburg and Mark Vredenburg; son-in-law, Fred Watkins, and daughters-in-law, Sheri, Sheree and Laurie Vredenburg; grandchildren, Taya, Jessica,

McKenzee, Casey, Ryan and Kira; sisters-in-law, Ila Graham, Jackie Graham, Betina Darling, Rose Vredenburg, Dorothy Traynor and Sadie Vredenburg; brothers-in-law, Bernley Vredenburg and Dick Darling; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Kenneth, Marge, Everett, Vern, Jim and Edwin; and son-in-law Max Rice.

For those who wish, donations may be made to the Herf Graham Memorial Scholarship in care of the Northwest College Foundation, 231 West 6th St., Powell, WY 82435, or a charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements are by Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.