Evelyn Fossum

March 6, 1923 - August 19, 2015


Visitation: Her visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m., with family present from 3- 5 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. A prayer service will be held at 3:00 p.m.
Service: Her funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m., Monday, August 24th at Lands Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, SD.

Fossum PictureEvelyn Doreen Fossum, age 92, of Canton, SD went to see her maker on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Village. Her funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m., Monday, August 24th at Lands Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, SD. Her visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m., with family present from 3- 5 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. A prayer service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Evelyn Doreen Fossum was born March 6, 1923 eight and half miles south of Canton, SD to Arthur and Ellen (Hanson) Gubbrud. She attended Sandy School for 1st grade, Moe #22 School for 2nd & 3rd grade, and Jensvold #13 School for 4th through 8th grade. She had to take fourth grade twice after missing most of the year due to double pneumonia and measles. She then attended Augustana Academy in Canton, SD, graduating in 1942. She next attended Augustana College for two years taking up arts and fashion design and finally Nettleton Business College for one year studying accounting.
On September 7, 1947 she married Orvin Lee Fossum. The couple farmed on the family farm south of Canton, SD for 40 years. In addition to farming and raising a family, she worked for a short time for the Sioux Valley News, one year at the West Side Drive Inn in Canton. She spent 41 years at the Good Samaritan Society in Canton, SD where she started the rehabilitation department in 1981 with Jean Cue. She retired in 2003.
She was a lifelong member of the Lands Lutheran Church. She was baptized, confirmed and married at the church. She was very active in the Ladies Aide and was a member of Daughters of Reaffirmation, Church Choir, Extension Club, 20+ year volunteer of RSVP Siouxland, and a 4-H Leader. She was also a lifelong member of the Canton VFW Ladies Auxiliary, serving in all roles available in the club.
Evelyn loved to dance and roller skate with her husband Orvin. They were members of the Moose Lodge and enjoyed family trips to the State Fair in Huron, Rush Lake Resort in MN, and Cuttys Resort in IA. She also loved ceramics, crocheting, embroidery, needlework, and crafts. The couple also enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Florida, Alaska, and several trips to Branson Missouri.
Those who have gratefully shared her life are her daughters, Luella (Perry) Schneller, Forest Lake, MN; Eunice (Randy) Amundson, Sioux Falls, SD; and Pamela (David) Gillespie, Canton, SD; granddaughters, Kim (Sean) Ireland, Cambridge, MN and Jeanie Trowbidge Breen, Harrisburg, SD; great-grandchildren, Cory Trowbridge, Mariah Ireland, Zachary Husaboe, and Ashley Ireland; great-great grandchildren, Jayden Trowbridge and Christian Hammer; several step-grandchildren; nephew, Greg Fossum; and nieces, Dr. Faye Fossum and Gail Fossum (Craig) Shea.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Art & Ellen Gubbrud; husband, Orvin Fossum; grandson, Micheal Trowbridge; great-granddaughter, Nicole Trowbridge; in-laws, Eldon (Henrietta) Fossum and Richard “Dick” (Arlene) Fossum.

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  1. My sympathies to you on the passing of your Mother. She was a pillar of our church and community and our “next door neighbor”. You have such good memories of her and your Dad to carry you through these sad days. I know you will miss her.

  2. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of my cousin Doreen. Our deepest condolences to the family. Many wonderful memories of Christmas at the family farm. With sympathy, Cousin Valerie (Nohlgren) and husband Jack McLaughlin

  3. Fossum girls, Evelyn was always a mainstay in our area…be in 4-H, Lands church, working at the local Nursing home. I still remember visiting with her briefly at the Home several years back when Orvin was a resident there. Please know that she was enjoyed & is at peace now.

  4. So sorry for your loss! I have many fond memories of Evelyn. She was so active in the activities of the community. I remember, especially 4-H and her involvement in Lands. She was a wonderful role model! Rest in peace Evelyn!