Evelyn Grace (Hustus) Heard, 85, passed away peacefully Feb. 2, 2021. She was born  Oct. 14, 1935, in Jackson. She graduated from Zion Bible Institute.

Evelyn (Evie) loved her bountiful family fiercely and made everyone around her feel like family. She believed in and celebrated others' triumphs, and would mourn others' losses. She invested love and kindness, instilled wisdom and patience,and always listened to others earnestly. She loved people, unconditionally and purely. She was gentle, sweet, giving, caring. Her smile, laugh and joy were contagious.

Evelyn loved the Lord and attended Faith Temple Church of God. She spent much of her time reading scripture, but more than reading it, she lived it. She showed love and grace to everyone she met, was selfless and put others before herself. Evelyn would write cards and letters to those who were missing at church. She would call those who were hurting, struggling or sick. She loved her country and showed it by supporting our troops and veterans, walking in remembrance of 9/11 and fundraising so veterans could take trips to Washington, D.C.

Evelyn was a beautiful singer, singing harmony with family and church. She sang “I Know a Man Who Can” like no other. She played the accordion and sang at local nursing homes with her sister Charlene. She spent hours crocheting, making blankets and doilies with love in every stitch.

Evelyn loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending band and choir concerts, sporting events and plays, and would be the loudest to clap and cheer.

She loved playing skip bo, sharing stories of family and friends.

She is survived by daughter Elaine King and husband Joe, son Christopher Heard and wife Tricia, and daughter Twila Tomlin and husband Kenneth; grandchildren Shannon Gorman, Rachel Edgerly and husband Kyle, Elias Pasquerillo, Daniel Heard, Allyson LaPoint, Ezekiel Illingworth, Nathaniel Illingworth and Thurston Illingworth; great-grandchildren Claralily Goguen, Hope Anne Goguen and Lincoln Edgerly; brothers and sisters Doris, Charlene, Ronnie, Sterling, Elzadia, Roberta, Carol, Althea, Dale, Wanda; lots of nieces and nephews and many extended family members.

She was predeceased by her parents, George and Clara Hustus, and brothers and sisters Gertrude, Lauriston, Kenneth, Edith, Arlene, Lloyd, Beatrice, Arthur, Dalton and Barbara.

We will remember her and all of the wonderful memories we have. She was a light in the darkness that will be dearly missed, but she will live on in every single life that she has touched. “I’ll take what you’ve instilled in me, try to be all I can be, and walk the path that you have left behind.” — The Crabb Family

A private memorial will be held at Faith Temple Church of God because of COVID restrictions. A graveside service will be announced in the spring. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to Faith Temple Church, 189 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, ME 04915 for youth camp scholarships.

Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.