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Evelyn M Mitchell

May 16, 1928 — September 23, 2022

Evelyn Mitchell

Evelyn Marie (Rasmussen) Mitchell was born May 16, 1928, at the family farmhouse near Scandia, Kansas. In 1942, after finishing eighth grade, she began as a waitress at the Royal Café in Scandia to earn money to pay for room and board while she attended high school there. She graduated in 1946 and attended Burrows Machine School in Kansas City, after which she worked in the People’s National Bank in Concordia, KS.

Evelyn married Dean Mitchell on August 30, 1948, at the Methodist parsonage in Belleville, KS, and in February 1950, she and Dean and baby girl, Cindy, moved to northeast Chase County to replace Dean’s uncle Earl Erkenbrach on the north Maddux Ranch as renters.

In 1964 they purchased the Dude Rowley ranch plus adjoining ground and moved into Imperial with their now family of six. They purchased Babb’s Café in 1965, moving it to 527 Broadway. Evelyn ran the day-to-day operations of the restaurant as well as the household and four kids. Dean drove to farm during the day and joined Evelyn at night to help out. The whole family was involved in many ways.

They sold the restaurant in 1970 and Evelyn continued being active in community volunteering and working at the Unicorn Boutique for a time. She also helped Marcy in many capacities at M&M Natural Jaz for the 28 years in business (1994-2022).

Evelyn was a member of the United Methodist Church and funeral dinner director for 37 years. She joined many organizations including Lions Club, receiving several awards and was a Melvin Jones Fellow. She also continued in her Extension Club and the card club they joined in 1950.

Evelyn was active in the Methodist Women’s Circle, worked as a Census enumerator, on the counting board on election days and greatly enjoyed representing Imperial as 1st Lady from 1986 to 2002 while Dean was mayor. They traveled throughout the state promoting our community with the League of Municipalities and Economic Development committees.

Evelyn was a crafter, seamstress and enjoyed counted cross stitch as well as fishing, crossword puzzles, garage sales and bargain shopping. She and Dean had many adventures traveling internationally through seed corn companies he represented.

Evelyn passed away Friday evening, September 23, 2022, at her home in Imperial. She was 94 years of age.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Dean Mitchell; parents Ralph and Opal Rasmussen; brother Ralph Rasmussen, Jr. and wife Betty; nephews Craig and David Rasmussen; sister Claudia Kay Miller and husband Bobby Miller; and niece Julie Newton.

Survivors Include:
Children: Cynthia Cady and husband Jim of Blue Springs, MO.
Debra Nix and husband John of Maui, HI.
Marcy Nesbitt and husband Mike of Imperial, NE.
Doug Mitchell and wife Shelley of Imperial, NE.
7 Grandchildren:
Tricia Brashear and husband Ron of Grain Valley, MO.
Jennifer Kennedy and husband James of Blue Springs, MO.
Jeremy (J) Nesbitt and wife Carrie of Sidney, NE.
Alicia Bell and husband Kenney of Lincoln, NE.
Zachary Nesbitt and wife Jessica of Bayard, NE.
Jasmine Hahn and husband Derek of North Platte, NE.
Sean Mitchell and Geraldine Chavira of North Platte, NE.
13 Great-Grandchildren: Jonathan and Kayla Brashear; Justin and Jacob Kennedy; Allison, Kendra, Reagan and Daniel Nesbitt; Aleah, Alexi, Alayni and Alindy Nesbitt; and Karson Hahn.
1 Great-Great-Granddaughter: Gravity Brashear.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday afternoon, October 1, 2022, 2:30 P.M. (MT) at the First United Methodist Church of Imperial, with Pastor Debra Copple officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, NE.

Visitation will be held Friday afternoon, September 30th, 2022, 3:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M. (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home Imperial, NE.

Memorials, in Evelyn’s memory, have been suggested to the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department, The Imperial Lion’s Club, and the First United Methodist Church of Imperial.

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