Evelyn Hively, age 88, of Marshall, Minnesota, died peacefully at the Prairie Home Hospice – Lockwood House in Marshall on Thursday, April 6, 2023. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at the Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Marshall. Following a reception, interment will be in Lynd City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. The evening will conclude with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.
Visitation will then continue one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall. Evelyn Clarice Pagel was born on June 2, 1934, at her grandparents' home near Tracy, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Verner and Lula (Schnoor) Pagel. Evie grew up near Amiret and she was baptized in the Lutheran Church in Tracy,
Minnesota. She attended school through the 8th grade in Amiret before going to high school in Tracy. Evelyn worked various jobs, but it was her love for children that caused her to respond to an ad for a recent widower that needed some help watching his young children. It soon became clear that Mr. Ray Hively and Evie were a perfect fit, and the couple was married on August 13, 1955, at the Amiret Methodist Church. Immediately the couple adopted the children to become a family of six and soon added two more to the growing family.
The family lived on a farm in Lyons Township before moving to a farm north of Balaton. Evie spent many years as a CNA and Hospice nurse at several locations including Benson, Willmar, Minnetonka, and Balaton. Evie was a proud life-long member of the VFW auxiliary, American Legion auxiliary, and Disabled American Veterans auxiliary. Her other enjoyments in life included dancing, knitting, playing bingo, crocheting baby Afghans, listening to music, and her flowers.
She always had a particular fondness for children, especially babies, and had a true calling to care for others, especially when they were sick. Evelyn cherished the time spent with her family, and they would often be found playing cards together - especially games like Pepper or Hand and Foot. Evie stayed active in church and noted that she prayed for her family regularly. Evelyn Hively died peacefully on Thursday, April 6, 2023. She had reached the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 5 days.
Blessed be her memory. Evie is survived by children, Judy Boltman of Buffalo, Eugene “Gene” (Denise) Hively of Elk River, Lester Hively of Belview, Dennis (Jane) Hively of Chaska, Cynthia Hively of Marshall, Mike (Laurae) Hively of Marshall; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Alice Beekman of Sacred Heart, Carroll (and Janice) Pagel of Benson; sister-in-law, Betty Hively of Fargo, ND; nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Hively; son, Leonard Earl Hively; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Hively; son-in-law, Max Boltman; and 6 siblings-in-law, Lawrence Beekman, Gladys (Bob) Dayland, Clifford (Lois) Hively, Helen (and Arnold) VanWinkle, Alice Grey, and Bud Hively.