Evelyn Rose Andrews, age 90, of Lima died 1:57 p. m., Monday, July 23 at Lost Creek Care Center. She was born Feb. 10, 1922 in Wapakoneta, OH. The daughter of Stephen and Pearl Siney Crusie. She was a 1940 graduate of Blume High School. On Dec. 7, 1945 she married Joseph H. Andrews who passed away Feb. 2, 2003.
In 1965, at the age of 43 she suffered a stroke due to a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. While she survived the surgery, she was unable to speak or use her right side. She and her husband engaged in farming. During her recovery, she insisted on helping. Family would put her on the 1937 John Deere tractor, engage the throttle and clutch and she would disc the fields. When finished someone would get on the tractor to stop it and help her off. With therapy and intense determination to overcome her disabilities, she would learn to speak and walk again. However, for the rest of her life, she had no feeling or sense of position of her right side. She refused to give in to her disabilities. She sought in employment at Indian Lake Manor in housekeeping because she thought it would be good therapy for her. She remained employed there for ten years. She learned to use her left hand and amazingly kept a diary for over 50 years.
Following a fractured hip, she relied on a walker to ambulate. Simple tasks for some, such as bathing or getting dressed, were very challenging and time-consuming for her. She developed her own way of doing things. For the past ten years she lived on her own in Lima. She refused to give in to any outside assistance, other than the help from family and neighbors. She insisted on doing as much for herself as possible. She was extremely organized, kept a calendar of events, and never forgot to send a card on a birthday or anniversary. Family and friends will miss her Miracle Whip Cake, rice pudding and her banana pudding.
For many years, she was involved with the minstrel shows that her late husband co-directed and presented in New Hampshire, Ohio.
She was a member of the New Hampshire United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, Crusie (Karen) Andrews of Lima; six grandchildren: Courtney (James) Turner, Ben (Stephanie) Andrews, Josh Andrews all of Waynesfield; Bryan (Jean) Andrews of Illinois, Ryan (Megan) Andrews of Lima and Jenna (Joseph) St. John of Columbus; 4 step grandchildren: Jackie O’Kief, Mike (Jennifer) McDermott of Lima, Cory (Lisa) Cales of Wapakoneta, and Christopher Cales stationed in North Carolina with the U.S. Marine Corp; 7 great grandchildren: Alexandra and Stephen Andrews, Taryn Tate, Jayce Turner, Peyton Andrews, Landon and Liam St. John; 18 step great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Marge Cole, Nephews Dean Andrews, Ted Crusie, Will (Shirley) Andrews; nieces Nancy (Pete) Steiner, Molly Nixon and Susan Cole.
She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Andrews on Nov. 24, 1996, 2 brothers James and Clyde Crusie, a niece Martha Andrews and a step grandson Matthew Cales.
Evelyn enjoyed Ohio State Football, playing cards and visiting with friends and family. She spent many winters in Florida with her late husband.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Lost Creek Care Center for their respectful and excellent care. To her neighbors Bob, Cathy and Ian Younts and to Cathy’s mother Delores- thank you for your help and for your Tuesday night meals and games which she enjoyed so much. Thanks to Nancy Andrews for you continued love and support.
On Feb. 12, 2012 she celebrated a surprise 90th birthday at New Hampshire United Methodist Church surrounded by many family and friends. Per her request, she will be cremated. A private graveside service at Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lost Creek Care Center or the charity of the donor’s choice.