Ella Evalyn Masters
Ella “Evalyn” Masters of Carbondale died Saturday, Aug. 6, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. She was 88 years old.
Evalyn was born in Moorefield, Neb., on Feb. 10, 1917, to Ralph Holden and Nellie (Stinnette) Dempcy. Evalyn graduated from North Platte High School in 1935 and attended Kearney State Teachers College, graduating with a teaching certificate. Evalyn then enrolled in Lincoln General Hospital’s nursing program, where she graduated as a registered nurse, and attended the University of Minnesota, from which she graduated as a public health nurse.In 1949, Evalyn married Edwin Schilling in Scottsbluff, Neb. In 1950 they moved to Denver and in 1962 moved to Redstone, where they built and ran the Crystal Valley Manor Motel. Following the death of Edwin in 1971, Evalyn married Keith Masters and moved to Carbondale in 1974.
Evalyn taught third grade in Curtis, Neb., from 1937-1941 and was a public health nurse in Scotts Bluff County, Neb., from 1946-1949. She worked as a registered nurse at Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Hospital from 1956-1962, Glen Valley Nursing Home from 1968-1969, and Valley View Hospital from 1970-1972. Evalyn was an avid supporter of the sports programs at Roaring Fork High and Carbondale Middle School. She was well known for her ginger snap cookies, which she sent with the teams when they traveled to away games. Evalyn also taught children reading and math as a volunteer at Carbondale and Crystal River elementary schools. She was a member of the Seven Star Rebekah Lodge, served on its scholarship committee and was a Past Noble Grand. Evalyn was preceded in death by Edwin and Keith. She is survived by sons Michael (Judy) Schilling, Gene (Stephanie) Schilling of Carbondale, Steven (Gabrielle) of Keaau, Hawaii; daughters Lynn (Rick) Cody of Arvada and Jan (Steve) Atterbury of Thornton; sister Margie Johnson of Curtis, Neb.; granddaughters Amy Schilling of Plano, Texas, Christine (Ikaika) Kamelmela of Hilo, Hawaii, Keri (Dee Kamali’i ) Schilling of Keaau, Hawaii, Alicia Parker of Carbondale and Erica (Christopher Herwitt-DeMeyer) Parker of Lakewood, Michelle (David) Eddy of Arvada; grandsons Steven and Joey Atterbury of Thornton; great-grandchildren Desiree and Joshua Kamelmela of Hilo, Hawaii, Kylee and Tyrelle Schilling of Keaau, Hawaii, and Cody and Dustin Eddy of Arvada.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Keith and Evalyn Masters Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund at any Alpine Bank. Funeral services will be Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Church at Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.
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