Evelyn Pearson Ware Peters Obituary, 2000

A memorial service for Evelyn Ware Peters will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 in Plymouth Place Retirement Community, LaGrange Park, and 3 p.m. the same day at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St.

Mrs. Peters, nee Evelyn Pearson Ware, 83, of LaGrange Park, died Jan. 1 in LaGrange Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 2, 1916, in Chicago to Robert Rea Ware (one of the three Ware brothers of Ware Brothers and of Chicago Roller Skate Co.) and Elizabeth Dickerson Ware (nee Bessie Cummings Dickerson). She graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School in 1935, attended Carleton College and graduated from the National College of Education in June 1941. She lived most of her life in Oak Park and was a lifelong summer resident of Charlevoix, Mich. She moved to Plymouth Place Retirement Community in LaGrange Park in 1991.

Although her employment as a teacher was limited to substituting, her training as an elementary school teacher served her well as a parent and active member of her community. A 56-year member of Chapter BI (an Oak Park chapter) of P.E.O., she was active in P.E.O. at the local, Round Table and state levels and co-chaired the 1978 Illinois State Convention. She was a longtime member of the Women’s Board of Plymouth Place, an associate member of the First Congregational Church of Charlevoix and a lifelong member of First United Church of Oak Park. She was active there and in the local alumni club of National College, belonged to the historical societies of Oak Park and River Forest and of Charlevoix, was a life member of the Charlevoix Area Hospital Association, belonged to D.A.R. and the 19th Century Woman’s Club and served on the 25th and 50th reunion committees for her high school class of 1953. She enjoyed needlework, crafts, photography, travel and reading and was interested in history, archeology, genealogy and geology.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet E. Peters of Western Springs, and two sons, Richard W. (Carol) Peters of Bedford, Texas, and James D. (Jeannette) Peters of Hurst, Texas; three grandchildren, Dr. Kelly A., Eric G. and Lianna L. Peters; brothers, Robert R. Ware Jr. of Oak Park and Ralph “Mike” C. Ware of San Antonio, Texas; and nieces, nephews and their children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Wallace Gilmour Peters, founder of the Wallace Gilmour’s store in Oak Park; and a brother, John “Jack” D. Ware.

Interment was private.

Memorials were suggested for a favorite P.E.O. project, First United Church of Oak Park, Plymouth Place Retirement Community, Charlevoix Area Hospital or First Congregational United Church of Christ of Charlevoix.

Source: Forest Leaves (River Forest, IL) – Wednesday, January 26, 2000


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