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Evelyn Wellman, Retired Treasurer, Laid to Rest
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Evelyn Wellman’s funeral was held on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was a retired Laurelbrook treasurer, secretary, and campus fixture for 50 years. Vanderwall Funeral Home of Dayton provided funeral home services.

The service began with Corbin Pitman introducing the service with a reminder that Jesus takes all our sorrows. David Wendt, Laurelbrook Church’s pastor, had prayer and read the scripture reading. Clifton and Clayton Brandt sang “The Old Rugged Cross” as a vocal duet, accompanied by Beth Brandt on the piano. 

Robert D. Zollinger, retired Laurelbrook president and board chairman, read the life sketch.  Following are some notes from that sketch:
  1. Evelyn met Lee in Cadillac, Michigan and they married in 1954.
  2. They moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan where Lee got his degree.
  3. They moved to a North Carolina school where Lee ran the diary and Evelyn worked as a secretary.
  4. In 1964 they came to Laurelbrook where Evelyn took care of the books and was the treasurer. She was also Mr. Bob’s secretary.
  5. She spent much of her time working and helping people.  She made sure that she knew where Mr. Bob (Robert D. Zollinger) was at all times so she could get questions answered. 
  6. She always could pull out the financial books and answered Mr. Bob’s questions and knew the answers as to the exact amounts of money the institution had in various accounts.  The auditors did at times have problems with her system, but it worked.
  7. She loved to work with Sabbath School felts.
  8. According to her son Keith, she loved to play Scrabble, asking everyone who stopped by to play a game with her.
  9. When working with various games, she kept records of how everyone did in her head.
  10. She and Lee took the family to Florida; to Washington, D.C.; and to the West Coast.
  11. By her family, she will be remembered as a feisty independent woman.
  12. She left three children and eight grandchildren.
Pastor Paul Eirich, retired Ogden Road pastor, had a few remarks:
  1. Mrs. Wellman had a part in bringing together Pastor Eirich and his wife.
  2. After that year in a North Carolina, Pastor and Mrs. Eirich went to Stone Cave School, and the Wellmans came to Laurelbrook.
  3. There are three kinds of rejoicing - Jesus’ birth, Jesus’ resurrection, and Jesus’ Second Coming.
  4. John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”
  5. This was early in the morning.  An empty tomb testifies that Jesus has the power over death and hell.
  6. John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.”
  7. 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 “51 ¶ Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?”
  8. This will be a wonderful reunion day.   I hope all of us will commit to be there for Christ’s trumpet call.
  9. Ellen White, Steps to Christ, p. 57 says that the character is revealed by the tendency of the habitual works and acts, not by the down days in our lives.
  10. 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
  11. 1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].”
  12. Philippines 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
  13. John 14:26 “But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
  14. Will you be there and be a part of that great rejoicing?
Brenda Herra then sang “Blessed Assurance”, accompanied by Melinda Pauls on the piano.  Corbin Pitman had the closing prayer.  The group had lunch at the Ogden Road Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Not too many months before, she had had her 90th birthday party.

At the funeral, Vanderwall Funeral Home of Dayton gave out a bookmark with Evelyn Wellman's life sketch on it.  

Ida Evelyn Wellman, age 90, of Dayton entered into rest early Wednesday morning, July 09, 2014 at her home. She was born on March 17, 1924 in Loma Linda, CA to the late Elwin Lester and Ida (Vandilla) Knect.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry "Lee" Wellman.

A resident of the Laurelbrook Community since 1964, Evelyn was a former treasurer for Laurelbrook Sanitarium and School.  She was a member of the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Evelyn is survived by her two sons, Kevin (Connie) Wellman of Dunlap and Keith (Barbara) Wellman of Dayton Mountain; one daughter, Glenda (Barry) Schroeder of Signal Mountain; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren....

She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Laurelbrook Cemetery.

Please share your memories of Evelyn on her online guest register at


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