Evelyn Marie Row

09/05/1925 - 01/25/2019
Service Date: 01/31/2019
Service Time: 12 pm
Service Location: Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Visitation Date: 01/31/2019
Visitation Time: 11:30 am
Visitation Location: Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201

Evelyn Marie Row passed away peacefully at age 93 of natural causes at Emerald Groves Assisted Living where she had spent the last seven years of her life.  She taught in Mesa Public Schools at multiple elementary sties for 39 years, retiring in 1989.

Evelyn was born in 1925 in Globe, Arizona to Arthur ‘Tubby’ Upton and Violet Upton.  She was predeceased by her two sisters Violet Lou Patterson and Pauline Shelby.

Her first husband, Dick Griffin, was killed in a plane crash in Nickerson, Kansas in 1949, leaving Evelyn with her 18-month old first child, a son, Richard A. Griffin.

An avid ASU fan, Evelyn graduated from the university, with honors, in 1951 with a degree in education.  She always loved learning and instilled that love to her many students, as well as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In Evelyn’s younger years, her and her husband, Don Row, were active in the First Baptist Church of Mesa.  She taught Bible School for many years; also participated in women’s seminars, and other church activities.  Evelyn also was a stepmother to Don’s son, Bob Row, and mother to Steven Row, Sr. who passed away in 2004.

She is survived by her son, Richard A. Griffin (Denise), step son, Bob Row (Jane) and grandson, Steven Row, Jr. (Amanda).  Evelyn will also be missed by her 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Bunker Family Garden Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Evelyn’s name to the Mesa Schools Foundation.

Address 63 E. Main Street/Mesa AZ/85201.

Condolences

  • Barbara Trostle

    Aunt Evelyn was always one of my favorites. She was always so kind. She was always interested in what was going on in our lives. We did not live near but I tried to stay in touch with her. I visited her at Emerald Groves. She had a hard time remembering me as it had been years since I had seen her. We had nice visits. She will be missed. May the family find peace in many happy memories.

  • Love and Prayers to all. Evelyn was an inspiration to all who meant her. Uncle Don and Aunt Evelyn always told me I was their little girl they never had.They continued to call me their girl as older and had children. They always made me feel special. I have many wonderful memories. I am so thankful that all of our Kansas family’s were so close. A very Special person!!!

  • Cyndee, Bob, and Corey

    Dear Griffin and Row families,

    Evelyn was our first friend when we moved from Illinois to Arizona in 1986. She was like a mother to us and we enjoyed visiting her in her home, having lunch with her, and visiting her at the assisted living facility. We loved her very much, but she’s now in her heavenly home. May you rest in peace Evelyn. God bless you! (480) 861-3043.

    Cyndee, Bob, and Corey

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