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Evelyn "Evie" Woodkey (Potter)

Apr 28, 1924 - Sep 19, 2017
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Beloved mother, sister, grandmother and more Evelyn “Evie” (Potter) Woodkey, age 93, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus at Yakima’s Cottage in the Meadow on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Evelyn was born in Granville, North Dakota, on April 28, 1924. The eighth child of Daniel and Anna Potter, she attended schools in Lansford and Bottineau, ND. She graduated from high school in Sidney, Montana, where she also met the love of her life, Virgil Woodkey. The two were married on June 29, 1944, in Fairbanks, Alaska. After Virgil’s Army discharge in 1946, the couple operated a cattle ranch in eastern Montana.
In 1950, Evie & Virg settled on a hay and cattle ranch near Carlton in the beautiful Methow Valley (North Central Washington), and in 1968 the family moved into Twisp where they lived for more than 20 years. Virgil was employed by the U.S. Forest Service; Evie packed apples and later worked at Ulrich’s Drug Store. In the mid-80s, Evie & Virg remodeled an old guard lookout station into their little bit of paradise, “the ranch house” where they spent many hours sitting on the deck overlooking the Methow River. In 1989, the couple retired and moved closer to family in Yakima. They retained 10 acres of their Methow vacation hideaway until shortly after Virgil passed in 1999 after 55 years of marriage.
Together Evie & Virg had four children: Donna (Ron) Dinsmore, Dan (Brenda) Woodkey, Susan (Dave) Roster and Dale (Jennifer) Woodkey. Evie is also survived by six grandchildren and their spouses:  Janell (Kelly) Coons, Julie (Eric) Stanfield, Mary Sue (James) Harrington, Jon (Janelle) Roster, Lindsey (Nicholas) Barkley and Michael (McKenzie) Woodkey. She is also survived by her beloved sister Ethel Sobolik, seven great granddaughters, one soon-to-be-born great grandson, and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends including Val & Gaylord Newby and Janet & Rob Boucher of Yakima.
Evie was a devoted wife and homemaker who also enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially snowmobiling. The annual family summer campouts at Steamboat Rock State Park on Banks Lake were particularly fun including Evie & Virg’s Golden 50th Anniversary celebration in 1994. Through the years she enjoyed attending grandchildren’s activities, family gatherings and traveling, including Mexico and Hawaii.
Evie was preceded in death by her beloved Virgil, her parents, eight siblings and a son-in-law. She will be remembered as the Woodkey family matriarch who taught many through example the basic skills of a loving, happy life. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Lupita and Flor who cared for mom at home, as well as all who assisted with her highly compassionate care through the Compass Care program and Cottage in the Meadow. Special thanks to Wiley Union Church Pastor Terry Dinsmore, and also to her many friends from New Life Bible Church who showed so much kindness and adopted her as a grandmother.
Evie’s Celebration of Life will begin at 2:00 pm Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Wiley Union Church, 2711 S. Wiley Road (off of Ahtanum Road in West Valley).  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Life Bible Church or Cottage In The Meadow, and sent in care of Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936)



Funeral Information

Funeral service

Sep 23, 2017:2:00 p.m.

Wiley Union Church

2711 S Wiley Road, Yakima