Evelyn B Foster, who resided at Sagewood at Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2020, after a short illness. She had lived in Livermore, California, for 57 years, before moving to Utah to be near her daughter, Susan Cannon, and her family.
Evelyn was born in Huntington, Utah, to Perdita (Brockbank) and Albert Eugene Guymon, on July 14, 1924. Evelyn grew up surrounded by a large family and loved to stop by her grandparents’ home before and after school. She later shared many wonderful stories of her childhood with friends and family.
After graduating high school, Evelyn moved to Salt Lake City. When the U.S. asked women to support the World War II war efforts, she quit her office job and went to work in an ammunition factory making wooden ammunition boxes. She was independent and never afraid of a challenge. Evelyn met her future husband, Kenneth, a Navy submariner on leave, traveling by train across the United States. They were soon married, and after the war they settled in Utah.
Two years later, already with two children to raise, the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Kenneth found employment at Sandia National Laboratory. They had two more children while living in Albuquerque. Evelyn attended Albuquerque Beauty College, becoming a certified beautician, and used the skills she learned there throughout her life, even bartering haircuts for piano lessons.
In 1959, Kenneth transferred to Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, where he worked until his retirement. An accomplished seamstress, Evelyn worked at World of Fabric for several years before being hired at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, where she worked as a procurement specialist until her retirement.
As retirement approached, Evelyn took up golf, and she and Kenneth enjoyed playing together for the rest of their lives. Evelyn continued to play golf into her late 80s with the Springtown Ladies Golf Club in Livermore.
Evelyn enjoyed tending to her roses and having family over for Sunday and holiday dinners. Her backyard became the site of many family celebrations, and Evelyn became “Grandma Great” to her great grandchildren.
Evelyn and Kenneth were active in the San Francisco Chapter of the Submarine Veterans of WWII, traveling to conventions and always taking their golf clubs. Evelyn was also active in the organization’s Dolphin Women’s Club, serving in local and national offices. She was also a member of the Livermore Symphony Guild and "The Red Hatters,” a social group. She played bridge in a women’s group in Livermore for 57 years, and continued playing at Sagewood until the last few months of her life.
Evelyn is survived by a brother, Burton Guymon (Karen) of Cedar Hills, Utah; a son, Kenneth Gene Foster (Patricia) of Woodland, Washington; three daughters, Diana Zirkle (Lynn) of Livermore, Susan Cannon (Val) of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and Carrie Fritsch (Timothy) of Livermore. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 60 years, Kenneth Grady Foster Jr.
Callaghan Mortuary is handling funeral arrangements. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.