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Columbia Missourian

Lynda Evers, 67, cared for others as a nurse, loved to travel

By Timothy Maylander
December 9, 2013 | 7:04 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Lynda Jo Evers had a long career as a registered nurse.

Ms. Evers, a longtime Columbia resident, died in her home on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. She was 67.

She was born in Duncan, Okla., on Sept. 30, 1946, to Delbie and Neta Jo Uzzel.

After growing up in Oklahoma, she served as a hospital corpswoman in the Navy during the late '60s.

Ms. Evers enjoyed a long and successful career as a registered nurse. She served mostly in labor and delivery departments but also devoted her time to caring for Native Americans at a hospital in Ada, Okla., federal prisoners in Springfield, and the mentally ill in Fulton. She retired from nursing in December 2011.

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, her obituary said.

Ms. Evers enjoyed Woody Allen movies, the songs of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, and travel. Her love of travel took her across the world, from Chaco Canyon in New Mexico to the Blarney Stone in Ireland.

She was committed to kindness and service, her obituary said, and she raised her child to honor the same.

Ms. Evers is survived by a daughter, Nicole Overeem, and her husband, Phillip, of Columbia.

Her parents and a younger brother, Cameron Uzzel, died earlier.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, #105, Columbia, MO 65202;  the Sierra Club 1007 N. College Ave., Columbia, MO 65201; or to Hickman High School's annual nursing scholarship and can be sent to Nicole Overeeem, at 106 W. Phyllis Ave., with a check memo indication "nursing scholarship."

Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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