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Evelyn Pearl Bagby, a lifelong resident of Fayette and Howard County, died Sunday morning, Oct. 21, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. She was 93.

Mrs. Bagby was born Feb. 8, 1919, on her family’s farm near Boonesboro. She was the daughter of Arthur E. and Agnes P. (Chorn) Bateman. After graduation from Ashland C-3 (Farmers’ High School) she attended business school in Fayette and was employed by the Office of the War Ration Board during World War II.

On Nov. 7, 1942, Evelyn Bateman was united in marriage to Fay Bagby of rural Randolph County. After Mr. Bagby’s discharge from the Army Air Corps at the end of the war, the couple settled in Fayette where they enjoyed over 60 years together until his death in 2006. She later lived in the Villers Drive Community and was a resident of Rest Haven Care Center at the time of her death.

Along with her role as wife and mother, Mrs. Bagby also worked outside the home for several years as a clerk at the Mattingly Bros. and Ben Franklin variety stores. For a few years, she also played an active part in Home Oil Co., the family business, as bookkeeper. She had been a member of Fayette Rebekah Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a devoted member of the Boonesboro and later the Fayette Christian Church.

Mrs. Bagby is survived by two sons: Don Bagby and wife, Jan; and Gary Bagby and wife, Sara, all of Fayette. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Mary Griswold and her husband, Matt, of Vernon, Ill.; Nick Bagby and his wife, Elizabeth of Fayette; Laura Bagby of New York, N.Y.; and Erin Bagby and her fiancé, Joe Castellano of St. Louis. Other survivors include two great-granddaughters, Emma and Lydia Griswold of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; several cousins and many friends.

Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday (today) at the Fayette First Christian Church with the Rev. Paula Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow at Fayette City Cemetery with Gene Miller, Matt Griswold, Ed Phillips, Stuart Simpson, Joe Castellano, and Nick Bagby serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette.

Memorial contributions to the Fayette First Christian Church or the Fayette City Cemetery, may be directed to Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home, 174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N., Fayette, MO 65248.

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