Evilo Leavenworth Obituary (1937 – 2022) – Chico, CA


EVILO KAY LEAVENWORTH Evilo Kay Leavenworth returned to our Heavenly Father on February 25, 2022, passing away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family and friends in her home. She was born on January 30, 1937, in Silver City, Nevada to William Guy Heckman, a silver miner who worked on the Postal Railroad, and Olive Nancy Dean, a creative woman who insisted on using the middle name, May. Evilo grew up in Oakland, California, where she was introduced to the violin at age 10, to train for 25 years and become a virtuoso. After graduating from Oakland High School in 1955, she attended BIOLA, The Bible Institute of Los Angeles, in La Mirada, California, majoring in business and philosophy. She then worked in accounting for JCPenney while attending John Robert Powers Finishing School, “to learn how to be a woman”. Evilo then returned to the Bay Area to work as an administrative assistant at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She also auditioned for the UCB Symphony Orchestra, receiving the honor of first violin, 2nd chair, a position she held for her two years, from 1961 to 1963. During this time she shared a two-bedroom apartment in the basement at Berkeley. A phone call from her roommate’s boyfriend would change her life forever. When her roommate asked Evilo if she’d like to go on a blind date with a resident of San Francisco General Hospital, she frantically waved her hands and shook her head, “No!” Her roommate answered the phone, “She’d love to go!” This is how she met her husband, Thomas Edwin Leavenworth. They married in Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1963 and moved to Yuba City, California to start a family. She gave up her career as a violinist to work full time as a housewife, eventually becoming a mother of six children, 5 boys plus her darling baby girl, Laura, who was the youngest of them all. Her children attended Mother Goose Preschool and Lincrest Elementary School and loved going through a secret door that connected their playground to their Grandma Olive’s swimming pool. His eldest son, Thomas II, also attended Gray Avenue Junior High School and Yuba City High School until 1979 when the family moved to Durham, California. Throughout this time, Evilo helped run the family businesses, serving in the front office and as an accountant at her husband’s private medical practices in the towns of Live Oak, Olivehurst and Orland, California. She also helped manage their apartment complex near Chico State University which was converted from an all-girls dorm. His first change was to turn it into a Christian dormitory called “Hickory West”. After a brief period of transition, it was repurposed in 1999 as “The Hickory House”, to provide support and community for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Evilo’s life in Durham Region was filled with memories of backyard barbecues and swimming parties, tending many flower gardens, feeding her beloved ducks, keeping her cats out of control and enjoying long walks in early spring through the flowering almond orchards that surrounded it. beautiful country house. Occasionally, she beat the boredom of rural life by appearing on radio shows like Art Bell and Rush Limbaugh. She once described to Larry King, about a year before her first appearance on CNN, how her pet duck gathered her children’s stray baseballs into a nest, along with a chicken egg, which hatched. Evilo is survived by his sons: Derek, Jonathan (Jianmei) and Mark (Emily); darling daughter, Laura Delbo (Joey); and his six grandchildren: Devon (Layne) and Monet (Ben) Cleveland, Meilyn Leavenworth and Thomas and William Leavenworth. His great-grandson, Cooper. She is also survived by a sister, Judith (Wendell) Simons, and a brother, Jason Heckman, as well as her beloved niece and nephew, Teresa and Gary Simons. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sons Timothy Allen and Thomas Edwin II, and her husband Thomas Edwin Leavenworth. Can you tie the chains of the Pleiades, Or untie the ropes of Orion? Job 38:31 (NASB) A visitation will be held Friday, April 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home in Chico. A Graveside Service will be held at Sutter Cemetery on Saturday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m.

Published by Chico Enterprise-Record on April 1, 2022.

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