Evelyn L. Stangland, 76

Evelyn L. Stangland, 76, a resident of rural Albion and widow of Rex E. Stangland, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at her home in Noble Township following an extended illness.Mrs. Stangland was born Nov. 4, 1936, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Franklin and Annetta (McNeal) Gaff. She spent her formative years in York Township in Noble County and graduated from Albion High School in 1954.As a young woman, she was employed at Peter Eckrich in Fort Wayne, and she was married in Merriam Oct. 28, 1956 to Rex E. Stangland. A dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, she was a homemaker all of her adult life, and she also assisted her husband on the family farm.She was a member of the Merriam Christian Chapel and was a founding member of both the Happy Homemakers Extension Club and the Snappy Hatters Red Hat Society.Mr. Stangland preceded her in death July 25, 2013.The surviving relatives include her two daughters, Deborah (Jerel) Shively of Columbia City and Dawn (Michael) Taylor of Greenville; two sons, David (Louise) Stangland and Daniel (Emily) Stangland, both of Albion; a sister-in-law, Emma Jeanne Gaff of Winchester; a brother-in-law, Garold E. “Gene” Boggs of Churubusco; 16 grandchildren, Adam (Annette) Shively, Amy (Weston) Perry, Andrew (Elizabeth) Shively, Benjamin (Jarin) Shively, Bryce (Anna) Shively, Sarah and Megan Taylor, Ethan, Allison, Annetta, and Everett Stangland, Eli (Audra) Stangland, Neal (Lauren) Stangland, Ted, Abe and Ruby Stangland; and three great-grandchildren, Austin, Avery and Ace Shively. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mellie Boggs; and her brother, Clarence Gaff.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Merriam Christian Chapel with Pastors Steve Pulley and Dwayne Berna officiating.The family will receive friends in the church multi-purpose room Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Merriam Christian Chapel Building Fund or Gideon’s International.Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Stangland’s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.