Evelyn Cronan was born on a cold day in February of 1930.
She was the second oldest amongst four brothers and one sister. They were raised on a family farm in Pontiac, Michigan.
Evelyn's father worked for General Motors while her mother stayed home with the children. They all worked on the farm and each of the children had daily chores.
"She [Evelyn] was very tomboy-like," said Cyndi Dailey, Evelyn's niece.
Evelyn's family were devout Catholics. Evelyn had a strong faith and enjoyed practicing her religion.
She also enjoyed learning. She went on to earn a Master's Degree in Education, after which she taught Mathematics and English for grades first through eight at the Warren Consolidated School District.
She retired in the early eighties, after twenty years of teaching, to care for her mother.
She remained active, however, persuing many of her interests and hobbies.
"She loved traveling. She was a very outdoorsy person," said Cyndi.
Evelyn traveled to Mexico and Europe and many places around the United States. She especially enjoyed Hawaii where her brother, Patrick, lived.
Evelyn now lives at Mendelson Home at Lourdes Senior Community where she is visited frequently by her niece Cyndi. Evelyn enjoys listening to music and participates in the sing-along group. She also likes taking walks to the lake and enjoys nature.