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January 1, 1942 - January 27, 2019
Evelyn Ruth (Beck) DeShaw of Finland MN passed away peacefully at her home on January 27, 2019.
Evelyn was born on January 1, 1942 to Isabelle and Knute Beck in Blackduck MN. On October 10, 1959 she married the love of her life Ronald G DeShaw and were happily married for 59 years. Together they raised three children: Pamela (Steven) DeShaw-Brackett, Jeffrey (Patti) DeShaw, and Daniel (Barb) DeShaw. Their family extended to four grandchildren: Sarah (Whit) Winter, Kyle (Erin) DeShaw, Katy (Thomas) Shefchik, Ryan (Nikki) DeShaw and great grandchildren Jax and Dane DeShaw, Abby, Kadence and Landon Winter, Evelyn DeShaw, and Mark Shefchik.
Evelyn’s love for life and learning were well known. She self-taught through correspondence courses to earn her BA. She was an accomplished poem writer and woodcarver. She loved gardening and horticulture, arts and crafts and photography. Her attention to detail was astounding. She was a nature lover and very aware and concerned for the environment. Next to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the cabin, her flower gardens were her pride and joy.
Evelyn was a stay at home mom until the children were older and then worked at the Finland Co-op for many years, bringing smiles to the faces of everyone she met. Evelyn was a member of the Finland Historical Society and participated in the St. Urho’s Day parade for many years. Her enthusiasm buoyed many spirits. She also spent many summers working at the Tettegouche State Park.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Morris Beck, Neal Beck; sisters, Jean Schoeller, Audrey Richards and Gladys Siegel
Evelyn is survived by her husband Ronald DeShaw, her three children, four grandchildren, and her seven great grandchildren, sisters – Shirley Ettestad, Myrn Calkins, and Kathleen Tupy, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
We would like to give a special thank you to all of our family, friends, and neighbors for the outpouring of love, support and prayer during this process. And a special thank you to Essentia Hospice. Evelyn was a wonderful lady, loved by all and will be sorely missed.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.