Evelyn Eileen Pudden, 75, of Dexter, passed away early Tuesday morning, Feb. 18, 2020.

Private graveside services were held at Dexter Cemetery. Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established in Evelyn’s name for the American Diabetes Association. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.

Born Dec. 27, 1944, in Arkansas City, she was the daughter of Patrick Sr. and Mildred (Judd) Henry. She was raised and received her education in Dexter, graduating from Dexter High School in 1962.

Evelyn married Robert Evinger. To this union, two daughters were born. The couple later divorced. She was united in marriage to Russell Pudden on Feb. 25, 1983, in Dexter. The couple made Dexter their home.

As a young woman, Evelyn worked with her father at Henry’s Candy Company in Dexter. Upon his death in 1989, she assumed ownership and operated the business. She loved her work. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star since 1968.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her brother, Patrick Henry Jr.; her sister, Rebecca Sue Pinkston; and her nephew, Shawn Henry.

Her family includes her husband, Russell, of Dexter; her daughters, Tammie Evinger, of Dexter, and Robyn Evinger, of Dexter; her sister, Lucille Henry, of Winfield; several nieces and nephews; and her grand-dogs.

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