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Mrs. Burrough

Evelyn Louise Shaver Burrough was born on Jan. 24, 1941, to William (Bill) and Loretta (Cox) Shaver. Growing up in Davilla, Evelyn was the youngest of three girls. Evelyn adored he r parents and learned her work ethic from her hardworking mother.

Evelyn grew up in a family that had little money but lots of love. As Evelyn grew into a young woman, she worked hard to have the finer things in life and lots of love in her home.

On April 17, 1954, Evelyn married her one true love, Frank Burrough Jr. To this union of more than 69 years, four children were born—Mike, Ronnie, Keith and Diana.

Evelyn and Jr. spent most of their married life in Rockdale. Jr. always said he married a young woman thinking he would train her, but instead, this fiesty young woman trained him.

Evelyn took immense pride in her children always wanting nothing but the best for them. As the mother of boys, they were always flawlessly dressed with matching outfits and haircuts. When she finally got her little girl, she was ecstatic and of course that little girl was picture perfect in her rows of lace and bows.

As her children grew up, Evelyn always had the upper hand. Somehow she always knew what her kids were up to, when they were doing things they shouldn’t or going to places they shouldn’t go.

Aside from her children, Evelyn took pride in maintaining an immaculate home. Her house could match the pictures from any magazine. People often said her floors were so clean you could eat off them.

Evelyn had many talents. She loved sewing and crocheting. She was an excellent cook and kept her freezer full of delicious goodies. If you lost a loved one, had surgery or suffered any tragedy, Evelyn was there to share, offering a delicious meal at a moments notice.

During football season, many of her sons and grandsons along with their friends often shared a pre-game meal Evelyn had prepared just for them.

Because Evelyn was a nurturer, her home was often a safe haven to her children’s friends where she offered love and always a little motherly advice.

Evelyn was an avid bowler, playing in a women’s league for many years. She served on the Bereavement Committee at both Meadowbrook Baptist Church and San Gabriel Christian Church.

She worked for many years at Midway Grocery where she kept the store just as clean as she did her house.

She had quite the knack for floral design using that talent for many years while working at Whiteley’s Florist, Family Flowers, Rose’s Flower Gallery and Glass Florist.

In the later years, she was often know as “the perfume lady” because of her side business selling perfume. This gave Evelyn an opportunity to get out of the house and make a little mad money because we all know how much she loved to shop. She had matching shoes for every outfit along with coordinating jewelry.

For her entire life, Evelyn was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For the past six months, she had been a resident at Rockdale Estates & Rehabilitation.

She left this earth on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023.

Her family finds comfort knowing she is healed, reunited in heaven with her beloved mother and daddy and sweet grandson, Blake.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; a step father, Duke Bland; a sister, Norma Jean Forrest; grandsons Blake Burrough and Matt Lehmkuhl; and a niece and nephew, Terri and Rex Spakes.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Burrough Jr.; her children, Mike Burrough and wife Deborah, Ronnie Burrough and wife Sandra, all of Rockdale, Keith Burrough and wife Angela of Groesbeck and Diana Gerren and husband Mike of Rockdale.

She is survived by 11 grandchildren, Michelle Lehmkuhl, Lance Burrough and wife Jenn, Wendy Jones and husband Russell, Cody Burrough and wife Leanne, Tessa Bradley and husband Chris, Malachi Burrough and wife Rachel, Josh Gerren and wife Tara, Danielle Bickford and husband, Alex, Casey Burrough and wife Jannina, Jacob Gerren, Jared Gerren and wife Rosie.

She is sur vived by 20 great-grandchildren, Tyler and Hannah Lehmkuhl, Kalaam Juarez, Ayden Jameson, Kaiden Anderson, Colin Jones, Parker Burrough, Nathaniel Pena, Bailey and Blake Burrough, Xander Bradley, Adalynn and Ariyah Burrough, Alastair and Everest Bickford, Nolan Gerren, Dallas and Grace Gerren, Aurora and Addison Burrough.

She is also survived by a sister, Wanda Baker of Virginia, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services for Evelyn will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Bro. Jack Gilleland and Bro. Billy Bob Cox will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.

Serving as pallbearers are her grandsons, Lance Burrough, Cody and Casey Burrough, Jared and Jacob Gerren and great-grandson Tyler Lehmkuhl.

Honorary pallbearers are Malachi Burrough, Josh Gerren, Larry Forrest, Alton Forrest and Ricky Forrest.

Rockdale Reporter

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