August 25, 1929 - October 23, 2016
Evelyn Ruth Canada, 87, of Kankakee, IL, died Sunday, October 23, 2016 at her home. Visitation will be Friday, October 28, 2016 from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. at Second Baptist Church and again on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10:00 A.M. at Second Baptist Church. Reverend Tyler Prude will officiate and Reverend Troy Caldwell will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory. Evelyn Ruth Canada was born August 25, 1929 in Forrest City, Arkansas to Sammy and Marthan Shelton Caldwell. She was baptized at New Salem Baptist Church in Forrest City, Arkansas and was a member of Second Baptist Church where she served as secretary in the Mission. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948. Evelyn was united in holy matrimony to Belty Canada and to their union five children were born. She worked as a Mental Health Technician at the Manteno State Hospital for 35 years and also worked at Asbury Daycare Center for 17 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star ADAH Chapter 27, St. Anne, IL and held the office of Worthy Matron/Founder of OES Sunbeam Chapter. She will be remembered for the love and kindness she showed toward others. She enjoyed cooking, baking desserts, and taking care of her grands and great-grandchildren. She received several awards for her community involvement with the NAACP and SCORE. She was an avid Bulls fan especially during the Michael Jordan era. She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Dwayne Canada of Atlanta, GA and Vincent and Virginia Canada of Peoria, IL; two daughters, LaRita Washington of Kankakee, IL and Marquerite Canada of Converse, TX; nine grandchildren, Robert Washington of Rock Hill, SC, Brandon Washington of Kankakee, IL, Marquis Naylor of Louisville, KY, Marlen Naylor of Dallas, TX, Devon Canada of Converse, TX, Tyesha Armstrong of Momence, IL, Chauncia Jones of Kankakee, IL, Devona Canada of Newport News, VA, and Sierra Canada of Atlanta, GA; six great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Aldridge, Tristan Naylor, Nadia Naylor, Zahra Washington, Ethan Washington and Kingston Washington; a special cousin, Betty Carpenter of Dolton, IL; special friends, Mrs. Veal, Ethel Greer, Wyaunita Love and Beatrice Ã¢â‚¬Å"BeaÃ¢â‚¬Â Scarbrough, all of Kankakee, IL, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Belty Canada; her parents; a daughter, LaQuita Canada; two brothers, Lessie Caldwell and Searcy Caldwell; three sisters, Essie Hamilton, Mahalia Spencer and Nevelyn Sanders; two nieces, Barbara Caldwell and Jacqueline, and one nephew, Talfuria Spencer.
Evelyn Ruth Canada, 87, of Kankakee, IL, died Sunday, October 23, 2016 at her home. Visitation will be Friday, October 28, 2016 from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. at Second Baptist Church and again on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. until time... View Obituary & Service Information
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