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Evelyn Tesch Criswell

June 7, 1925 - September 18, 2017

Evelyn Tesch Criswell was called home on September 18, 2017 in Columbus, Texas. Evelyn was born at home in the area of Sublime and Weimar, Texas, on June 7, 1925 to Will and Eda Schumaker Tesch. She was the youngest of three children.

On January 13, 1946, Evelyn married Howard Jefferson Criswell and to this union two children were born. An infant son, deceased at birth, and a daughter, Sandy Lynn. Evelyn and Howard were married until his death in November 1983. Evelyn was married to Carl Marthiljohni, of Edna, Texas, in 1985 until his death in 2005.

Evelyn attended Honey Creek School, a one room school house, and chose to attend 6th grade for two consecutive years because she loved to learn. At that time, there was no other schools nearby to continue her education. Being born into a family of farmers and ranchers, Evelyn learned how to raise vegetables, preserve food, sew, and tend livestock. The knowledge she acquired from farm life proved to be just what she needed. Evelyn and Howard enjoyed many adventures, friends, and a livelihood from the land. At the age of 58, her beloved husband, Howard, passed away and Evelyn continued very successfully, managing the Open Box Ranch in Sheridan, Texas. Her livelihood and main source of enjoyment was managing the deer leases and raising Charolais and mixed breed of cattle. Some of Evelyn and Howard’s happiest moments were spent “Across the Creek” at the Open Box Ranch with grandchildren Gea and Bradi cooking on a cast iron potbelly woodstove at the camp house. Many friends were invited to come over and enjoy home grown beef, potatoes, and salad fixings.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, an infant son, sister Lillian Walters, brother Marvin Tesch, and granddaughter Gea Reneé Jones. Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Sandy, and son-in-law Ronny Jones of Columbus, Texas. An honorary son, Clyde Sidney Sims and wife Rose Anne of Houston, Texas (Evelyn would say ‘that’s my boy’ when remembering him); granddaughter Bradi Lynn Frei and spouse, Chris Raymond Frei of Boerne, Texas; and great grandchildren Alexa and Andrew.

Funeral services will be held at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment will follow at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan, Texas. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Pallbearers are Paul Eskine, James Criswell, Nolan Sims, Jeff Sims, Bruce Walters, and William Walters.

Honorary Pallbearers are Molly Garza, her friend and angel; Chris, Alexa, and Andrew Frei; and other caregivers Kris Carter, Annette Huffman, and Evelyn Wilson.

Memorials are suggested to Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 263, Sheridan, Texas 77475; and Columbus Community Hospital, 109 Schult Drive, Columbus, Texas 78934.


Evelyn Tesch Criswell
June 7, 1925 - September 18, 2017



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