Evelyn L. (Billings) Burkland, age 92, resident of Lakota, ND, died Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society.
Evelyn Lorraine Billings was born April 1, 1928 in Lakota, ND, the daughter of Lloyd and Irene (Crilly) Billings. Evelyn married Verdun L. Burkland on November 28, 1947 at Lakota, ND. They raised their family in Longmont, CO, and then in Lakota, ND. Upon moving back to Lakota, ND, Evelyn and Verdie owned and operated Burkland Electric Appliance and Repair in Lakota for many years. Evelyn worked at Gutting Drug and the Loften-Johnson Store.
After retirement Evelyn and Verdie then moved to Grand Forks where they were caretakers for Grandview I apartments. They returned back to Lakota for their final years.
Evelyn was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Lakota, Lakota Community Club, and Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid basketball fan and enjoyed puzzles, reading, embroidery, crocheting and sewing.
Evelyn will be deeply missed by her 4 children, Keith Burkland of San Francisco, CA, Kathlyn Matejcek and Kim (Pam) Burkland of Lakota, ND, and Kristine Burkland of Grand Forks, ND; daughter-in-law, Janet Burkland of Henderson, NV; 7 grandchildren, Mark Matejcek, Nicole (Haagen) Diener, Trent (Sarah) Matejcek, Hayley (William) Ross, Samuel Burkland, Kaitlyn Burkland, and Emily Burkland; 7 great grandchildren, Ethan, Keira, and Chase Matejcek, Jillian and Christopher Ross, Thea and Svea Diener; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Verdie; her son, Kevin; her parents; brothers, Orlin, Forrest, Dennis and Alan; and sister, Mavis.
A private graveside service will be held for Evelyn at the Lakota Cemetery. Cards can be mailed in care of Kathy Matejcek P.O. Box 55 Lakota, ND 58344
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