Evelyn Arlene Kessinger, 94, of Santa Maria, Calif. and was a longtime Bickleton resident before retiring to Quartzsite, Ariz. with her husband, Richard. Upon his death, she moved to Santa Maria, where she lived for four years until she passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Country Oaks Care Center in Santa Maria.

She was born in Elsmore, Kansas in 1916.

Evelyn, her sister Pauline and her parents, Bert and Pearl Long moved to the Grand Junction area of Colorado, where she met her husband, Richard.

The two were married in 1935. They were married almost 70 years.

During WWII, Evelyn, Dick and their son, Richard Arden Kessinger moved to Milwaukee, Ore. Their second son, James, was born in Oregon City.

The Kessinger's moved to Bickleton in 1944. Dick purchased the Bickleton Garage, and Evelyn became postmaster in 1949, until her retirement in 1972.

Dick and Evelyn spent many weekends boating and waterskiing with relatives and friends on the Columbia River.

Their involvement in auto racing took them to Mexico on two occasions.

After retirement the couple became "snowbirds" and spent winters in Quartzsite, finally settling there permanently. They were always ready to lead a caravan into the desert to explore or to enjoy its quiet beauty.

She enjoyed dancing, visiting with friends, playing harmonica duets with Dick and feeding the birds and rabbits in the desert.

She is survived by her sons, Richard Kessinger and James (Gina Bernero) Kessinger; one granddaughter, Lisa; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Norma Jean (Clyde) Rogers; brother, Bert (Jean) Long; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Lannie Rae.

Evelyn will be greatly missed.

No funeral services were held.


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