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Nov 4, 2012 - Staff
Evelyn Horton of Riverton died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Wind River Health Care Center. She was 89 years old.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Davis Funeral home. Viewing is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Davis Funeral Home.
The Rev. Tim Senter of Mountain View Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.
Evelyn Matthew was born March 17, 1923, in Tonkawa, Okla., the daughter of Preston Kenton Matthew and Eveline (Graham) Matthew. She attended schools in Oklahoma before moving to Wyoming.
She worked in the Frontier Café in Riverton during July 1958, and that's where she met her future husband, John R. Horton.
They were married April 14, 1959, at Highland Southern Baptist Church in Cody. They made their home in Riverton and raised six children.
Mrs. Horton worked as a waitress at various times, but gave most of her life to serving families.
For 14 years, she worked with her husband and children cleaning railroad boxcars before dedicating the greatest portion of her life to Riverton senior citizens.
She served others through Riverton Senior Citizens for 20 years before retiring.
She received the 2004 Gold Presidential Volunteer Award for her service as a senior companion. She visited her friends regularly, giving them needed companionship and love, ensuring they were not isolated or forgotten.
She was of the Christian faith, and she attended Mountain View Baptist Church in Lander.
Her family said she loved serving others just as her Savior loves to serve. They said she enjoyed embroidering and working in her yard, and she was a dedicated and faithful wife and mother for 53 years.
She is survived by her husband, John R. Horton; sons Mark Horton of Denver, Thomas J. Horton of Gridley, Calif., and Ronald Horton and wife Della of Riverton; daughter Connie Lawson; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Marine Condo; and three sons, Matthew Horton, Allan Horton and Wayne Oswald.
Memorials may be made to the Horton family in her memory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton (www.thedavisfuneralhome.com).