Evelyn Louise Ford Livengood, 91, of Salina, entered heaven on February 21, 2023. She was born on January 27, 1932 on a farm near Oak Hill, Kansas, to Lyman and Bessie Ford. Evelyn’s early years were spent in central Kansas, then the family moved to Kansas City when she was in the fifth grade.
When Evelyn was about 12, she met the love of her life, Kenneth Livengood. They began dating when she was 14 and married on June 14, 1950 right after graduating from high school. Kenneth served two years in the Army and they later settled in the Kansas City, Kansas area where they raised three children: Dale, Denise and Deanna. Evelyn worked for the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education for several years. After an early retirement, Kenneth and Evelyn traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, and western and eastern Canada. Kenneth and Evelyn moved to Salina, Kansas in 2013 and celebrated 70 years of marriage together before Kenneth passed away.
Evelyn passed into heaven on February 21, 2023. Waiting for her were her Lord and Savior, Jesus, her husband, Kenneth, and their daughter, Deanna, as well as Evelyn’s parents and siblings, Merle and Clayton.
She is survived by her son, Dale (Barbara) Livengood; daughter, Denise (Gary) Stambaugh; her grandchildren, Jeff Livengood, Brad (Elisa) Livengood, Rob (Sydney) Anaya, Samantha (Jonathan) Howell, Dionne Stratton, Laromy (Hailey) Stratton, Gina (Roger) Buswell and Nick (Deniece) Stambaugh; as well as 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn VanWaters, and her brother, Bernard Ford.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on April 22, 2023 at 10:00 am at The Light KC Church, 10001 W. 88th Street, Overland Park, Kansas.
Memorials can be done at the Salina Pregnancy Service Center (Evelyn has crocheted numerous booties for new moms) by Ryan Mortuary in Salina, Kansas.