Funeral services for Evaloa Siler Crouse, age 68, of Granbury and formerly of Brownwood, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Rocky Creek Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Rocky Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

Evaloa died Tuesday morning, Dec. 29, 2009, at her home in Granbury.

She was born Feb. 18, 1941, in Skellytown, Texas. She grew up in Kermit, Texas, and graduated from the Kermit High School in 1959. She attended and graduated from Howard Payne (College) University in 1964 with a degree in Elementary Education. She worked five years as a director with the Permian Basin Girl Scout Council after her graduation from college. On July 8, 1967, she was married to Maurice Crouse in Monahans, Texas. After marriage, she began a 27-year-teaching career in the Andrews Independent School District in Andrews, Texas. As a teacher she was known for her love of astronomy and her many stargazes and camp-outs that she led for her students.

Mrs. Crouse enjoyed hobbies such as hunting, fishing, woodworking, painting and gardening. She spent her years in retirement active with her hobbies and involved in the ministries of her church and community.

Survivors include her husband, Maurice Crouse of Granbury, Texas; sons, Cray Crouse with wife Karen of Bryan, Texas, and Tom Crouse with wife, Janet of Liberty, Miss.; brothers, James Siler of Leander, Texas, and Benjamin Palmerton of Winchester, Ky.; sister, Susan Palmerton Farr of Granbury, Texas; and six grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her uncle and aunt, who raised her, Bill and Evelyn Alexander; her parents Dorothy Siler and Ben Palmerton; and her sister, Nancy Lee Mitchell.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Crouse requested that memorials be given to the Lake Brownwood Meals on Wheels c/o Rocky Creek Baptist Church or to Howard Payne University.

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