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Evajoy Smith Elliott was born in Dacoma, Oklahoma to Oliver Herbert Smith and Eva Henage Smith on December 4, 1925 and passed from this life on July 2, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. Oliver and his three brothers had made “the run” for Oklahoma homestead land and eventually settled their families on the Cherokee Strip where Evajoy grew up.
Evajoy married Thomas Harry Elliott on August 7, 1947 in Dacoma after both had attended Dacoma High School. Upon leaving DHS, Thomas joined the United States Marines where he served from July, 1943 until February, 1946. During this time, Evajoy attended Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana where she graduated with a degree in psychology in June, 1947. Both returned to Dacoma and they married that August. Thomas began his studies at Northwestern State Teachers College while Evajoy taught in Capron School. After Thomas completed his university studies, three children were born to the union of Thomas and Evajoy: Tomm, Kirk and Jody Lynn. They moved to Greeley, Colorado where Thomas completed his Master’s Degree in Education, was hired by the Greeley Public Schools as an elementary principal and they concentrated on raising their family.
Once the children were old enough, Evajoy returned to work as a social worker for the welfare department in Greeley. She served as coordinator of the Head Start Program for several years before concentrating her work on the cases and needs of the welfare children. She was commonly known as “Polly Pockets” as she always had a pocket full of surprises for the children. Evajoy was a dedicated homemaker and a very active member of the church, where she served as church secretary, organist, and statewide secretary for many years. She was renowned as a devout Christian educator and an active member of the Women’s Missionary Society. Gifted in music, she was always ready with something musically special for any of the church services. Thomas and Evajoy attended Broadview Park Church in Greeley for many years and the Dacoma Church of God before moving there as well as upon their return to the Dacoma area during retirement.
They both loved traveling, which they demonstrated by making sure their children visited all of the states in the United States (except Hawaii) while they were still at home. Thomas and Evajoy went on to visit every continent in the world except Antartica. Upon retirement, they returned “home,” re-establishing themselves in Cherokee, to be close to the Oklahoma family. After Tom’s death in 2007, Evajoy moved to Boise, Idaho where she enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with many friends at Hillcrest Assisted Living Facility for eight years.
Evajoy is survived by her three children: Tomm Joe Elliott of Salvador, Bahia,, Brazil, Kirk David Elliott and wife, Donna of Oklahoma City and Jody Lynn Graham-Bolopue and husband, Tim of Boise, Idaho; nine grandchildren, Sydnei Elliott, Adriano Elliott, Carlos Elliott, Julian Elliott, Caio Elliott, Jessica Elliott-Frisbee, Kelly Ortiz, Elliott Graham, Nicholas Graham and eight great grandchildren, Sofija Elliott, Noah Elliott, Avery Ortiz, Taylor Ortiz, Braydon Ortiz, Rylie Ortiz, Louie Graham and Rita Graham.
She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Nelson Smith, Fred Smith and Elton Smith and two sisters, Irene Caldwell and Nina Ratzlaff.
Funeral service for Evajoy will be at Dacoma Church of God on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with burial in Garrison Cemetery east and north of Dacoma. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee. There will be a time of visitation with Evajoy’s family at the funeral home in Cherokee on Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
Memorials may be made to Dacoma Church of God through the funeral home.