GARRETT — Evellyn “Evie” E. Esselburn, 82, of Garrett, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Garrett.

Mrs. Esselburn was born on Jan. 8, 1937, in Montpelier, Ohio, to Thomas and Velma (Sloss) Van Fossen.

She was a 1954 graduate of South Side High School in Fort Wayne.

She married Wilford  V. ""Bill" Esselburn on Oct. 29, 1955, in Fort Wayne. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2004.

Mrs. Esselburn worked as an administrative assistant for several different places during her working career. She worked for Miller’s Merry Manor in Garrett, Mossburg Industries in Garrett, Tri-State University in Angola and Garrett City Utilities, retiring in 2013. She was also a hairdresser for many years, working out of her home for Schurr Curl in Garrett.

Evie was a member of Altarstar United Methodist Church in Auburn. She served as a lay minister for surrounding United Methodist Churches when she was needed.

She served as director of the Garrett Christmas Bureau for many years and she was a member of Sigma Phi Gamma and Delta Rho sororities. She was also a member of United Methodist Women and Garrett American Legion Auxiliary.

She served as the Garrett representative to the Heimach Center for seniors in Auburn and she was a longtime volunteer for the national MS walk.

Her survivors include her son, Michael Esselburn, of Hamilton; son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Mary Esselburn, of Fort Wayne; and son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Tae-Sun Esselburn, of Griffin, Georgia; foster son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Kitty Hawkins, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; six grandchildren and their spouses, Anne Esselburn, Theresa and Trevor Moe, Michelle and Chad Wood, Brett and Sarah Esselburn, Kyle and Jessica Esselburn and Wilford “Billy” and Wendy Esselburn; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Max Van Fossen, of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Marillyn Oxender, of West Unity, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Esselburn; daughter-in-law, Patricia Esselburn; and one brother, Lawrence Van Fossen.

Visitation was held on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 3-7 p.m., at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 S. Center St., in Auburn. A Delta Rho sorority service will be held at 7 p.m.

Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service from 11 to noon on Saturday at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at noon, at Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn, with Pastor Bret Stevens officiating.

Burial took place at Cedar Creek Cemetery in Garrett.

Memorials donations may be directed to Paws with a Cause, 4646 S. Division, Wayland, Michigan 49348 or National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, New York 10163.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn.

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