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Obituary: Evelyn Hight Stokes

Evelyn Hight Stokes, 92, passed away in Missoula, Mont. at St. Patrick's Hospital on Aug. 24 with her daughter at her side.

Evelyn (Jonnie to friends and family) was born March 31, 1927 in Gallup, N.M. to John George Hight and Beatrice Colton. She was the third of four children which included her brother George and sisters Peggy and Beatrice. After graduation from the University of Albuquerque, Evelyn became a Physical Education instructor, first at Fort Sumner, N.M. and then in Los Alamos, N.M. Her students loved her and dedicated the 1953 La Loma yearbook in her honor. She met Richard Stokes in Los Alamos and they married on Dec. 28, 1956.

She is survived by her husband, Richard and two children, Grant Stokes (Ann) and Laura Burns (Jerry) and four grandchildren:Margo, Garrett, Eliza and Ellen all by whom she was beloved every day of her life. She spent the final six years of her life with Richard in Lincoln, MT. Her kind spirit and gentle acceptance of all of life's joys and hardships touched all of those around her.

At her request, no formal service will be held. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Evelyn.


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