Evelyn Dorothy Courteol went home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ on September 30, 2022. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Julian, daughter Ruth (Craig) Goodman, son Steve (Liz) Courteol, granddaughter Julianne (Joshua) Hayden. She was predeceased by her parents Edwin and Dorothy Muller, and her sister Ruth (Ray) Negris.
Evelyn was born February 1, 1931, to Edwin and Dorothy Muller in Westwood, New Jersey. She grew up in Westwood, attended local schools and was active in Westwood Reformed Church and Girl Scouts. During her time at Westwood High School she loved being involved in marching band, choir, and musicals. After graduating in 1948, she attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., where she majored in Sacred Music with an emphasis in Voice. She graduated in 1952.
In the spring of 1952, she met a handsome fellow from Arizona named Julian Courteol. After several years of courting and correspondence, they were married June 4, 1955, in Westwood, NJ. They welcomed two children, Ruth Lynn and Stephen Jay into their family, and moved to Nogales, Arizona in 1959. They served as missionaries under the Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society (now called Missions Door), serving at the Nogales Baptist Seminary for many years. Over the years she was at times the treasurer, the accompanist for special occasions, and teacher/facilitator of the visual aids classes. She loved looking for ways to share about Jesus!
Evelyn was a follower of Jesus, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. It was her joy to devote herself to her family and find creative ways to show her love. After Christmas each year she would start looking for the next year’s gifts to fill the stockings! She enjoyed leading children’s Bible clubs and women’s Bible studies. She used her musical talents as pianist and organist for many years, at church and at the Seminary. Her hospitality and wonderful cooking were appreciated by family and friends, and she was always looking for ways to help and encourage others. She will be remembered as a woman of godly character who served her Lord and others with genuine kindness and caring spirit. We will fondly remember her lovely smile and twinkling eyes!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be made to the Nogales Baptist Seminary through the website: missionsdoor.org/project/nogales-baptist-seminary-sebano