Lynda Jo Evers, Sept. 30, 1946 — Dec. 8, 2013, of Columbia

Monday, December 9, 2013 | 4:16 p.m. CST; updated 2:32 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

*This article has been updated to include Ms. Evers's address and the address of the church.

Lynda Jo Evers, 3903 Olympic Court, died at her home on Sunday December 8, after a long illness. She was 67.

Ms. Evers was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, on September 30, 1946, to Delbie and Neta Jo Uzzel. After an Oklahoma girlhood, Lynda served as a hospital corpswoman in the United States Navy during the late 1960s, and enjoyed a long and successful career as a registered nurse, where she served primarily in labor and delivery, but also devoted her time to caring for Native Americans at an Indian hospital in Ada, Oklahoma, federal prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, and the mentally ill in Fulton, Missouri. The range of her service illustrates her commitment to the idea that every human being has worth, and that every human being is worthy of being cared for in a skillful way. She retired from nursing in December of 2011.

Lynda enjoyed Woody Allen movies, the songs of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, and travel, her devotion to which led her from Choco Canyon to the Blarney Stone. She was committed to kindness and service, and raised her child to honor the same.

Lynda is survived by a daughter, Nicole Overeem, and a son-in-law, Phillip Overeem, both of Columbia, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents and a younger brother, Cameron Uzzel. Those wishing to remember Lynda are encouraged to make donations to the American Cancer Society or The Sierra Club. Contributions to an annual Hickman High School nursing scholarship for a selected senior are also encouraged, and can be sent to Nicole Overeem at 106 West Phyllis Avenue, with a check memo reading “nursing scholarship.” A brief service will be held on Saturday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church on Ninth Street in Columbia.

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