Evelyn Marie Helvig died peacefully, surrounded by family at her residence in Atterdag Village of Solvang, CA on August 12, 2017. Evelyn was 91.

Evelyn was born in Iowa in1926 to Herman and Myrtle Rau. She grew up with her older brother, Howard and older sister, Lois. She graduated from North High in Des Moines and afterward went to work for the telephone company.

In 1947, Evelyn married Don Helvig in Iowa where Linda, Lynn and Dale were born. Later on, Don's job then took them to California where their last two children, Donna and Jay were born. Later still, his jobs took them to Mississippi and then back to California, where Don and Evelyn both retired from Raytheon.

She is survived by her children, Linda Silvestrini; Lynn (& April) Helvig; Dale (& Christine Denny-) Helvig; Donna (& Don) Sheldon; Jay (& Adrienne) Helvig; stepson Ted (& Patsy) Helvig; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 61 years, Don Helvig.

She loved and was loved by her husband, her children, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous friends and relatives. She loved baking, knitting, playing cards, sewing, singing and traveling. Evelyn was a very kind, generous and loving person. She was an incredible wife, mother and grandmother. She had a wonderful, full, busy life and will be missed by all.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Atterdag Village, whose loving compassion was such a comfort to Evelyn and her family.

A celebration of Evelyn's life was held at Bethania Lutheran Church on August 26, 2017. Her ashes were then scattered at sea with those of her husband, Don on August 27, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Atterdag Village, Alzheimer's Association or Bethania Lutheran Church.