Evelyn F. (Gooch) Robbins

September 7, 1918 - March 26, 2014

Evelyn F. (Gooch) Robbins, 95, died March 26, 2014. She was born Sept 7, 1918, at home near North Salem, Missouri.
Evelyn was the third child of Isaac Lee Gooch and Georgia A. (Brantner) Gooch. She graduated Shelby High School in Missouri and was a lifelong learner. Evelyn came to Washington state in 1940 to visit her sister, Ruby (Gooch) Guyer and stayed for 74 years.
She married Glynn Robbins in August 1941. Together, they built a life in the Omak area. She packed fruit, helped run an orchard and was an avid gardener. They donated most of their garden produce to others.
Evelyn spent her life being busy. She loved fishing, bowling, baseball, quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery and building most anything. No guest went away without fried chicken and a fresh baked pie. Usually, she had fresh baked cookies in the jar. She was always ready to try something new, and then teach it to others.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ruby; and brothers, Donald, Les and LeRoy Gooch.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Wayne) Gardner; nieces, Lona Gooch, Hellen Olbricht, Robin Ashenbrenner and Julie Gariano; nephews, Vaughn Gooch, Scott Robbins, Marty Robbins and Forrest Thomson. Other survivors include Jim (Jane) Robbins, Alice Thomson, Geraldine Gooch, Roger Brantner and Jackie Brantner and Carolyn Robbins; and several godchildren, Kristy Fagerness and Staci Rizzo; and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be April 5, 2014, at Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Internment at Okanogan memorial gardens.
A potluck luncheon will be at 1 p.m. at Omak Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your choice of charity. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at
Arrangements are by Jones and Jones-Betts Funeral Home and Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel.


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