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Evlyn Archer Coker, 95, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Lindsey, pastor, and Dr. Larry Ashlock officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at the funeral home.
Evlyn was born April 6, 1916, in Stamford, Texas, to Jesse and Lula Brunson Archer. The youngest of seven siblings, she was raised in Ackerly and attended school there, along with McMurray College in Abilene.
In 1936, Evlyn began working at Montgomery Wards and would meet her future husband at the Twins Cafe, which sat across the street from the department store. At lunch one day, she met Lonnie Coker, who owned the cafe along with his twin brother, Leonard Coker. Evlyn and Lonnie were married in Midland, Texas, on Sept. 20, 1937. Two daughters were born, Londa Coker Henry and Gloria Coker Petterson.
Evlyn was an active member of First Baptist Church since 1937, where she taught a Sunday School Class for more than 60 years. A big part of her life was working with the youth in training union and her involvement with the Gideon's Auxiliary. Along with several other couples, she and Lonnie helped start College Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary. She and Lonnie enjoyed the weekly couples prayer group and, in later years, were involved with the Seniors' Choir and LLL.
Evlyn volunteered at the Veterans Hospital as a Gray Lady for many years and was active in Hyperion. She and Lonnie spent many wonderful summers vacationing with family and friends in Ruidoso, N.M. She was an avid Bridge and "42" Domino player.
More than anything, Annu, as she was known to her family and close friends, was known for her "quick wit" and was never at a loss for words, whether among family, friends or co-workers. For many years, she helped Lonnie and Leonard at the Twins Cafe and Cokers Restaurant. Some may also remember her smile while she worked for Modesta Gift Shop.
She is survived by one daughter, Londa Coker Henry and husband Wayne of Big Spring; one son-in-law, Paul Petterson of Odessa; six grandchildren, Shawna Ashlock and husband Larry of Fort Worth, Greg Henry and wife Lori of Arlington, Dane Shoffner and husband Philip of Trophy Club, Kurt Henry and wife Amy of Granbury, Cort Petterson and wife Marci of League City and Bruin Petterson and wife Jennifer of Odessa; 11 great-grandchildren, Lauren Barksdale and husband Ben, Aaron Ashlock and fiance Diana Reyes, Heston Henry, Holland Henry, Kord Henry, Curan Petterson, Jeron Petterson, Dylann Petterson, Parker Petterson, Ainsley Shoffner and Anders Shoffner; two great-great-grandchildren, Evlyn Grace Barksdale and Hudson James Barksdale; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Coker on Nov. 6, 1996; one daughter, Gloria Coker Petterson; and six brothers and sisters.
The family suggests memorials be made to Gideons International, Big Spring Camp, P.O. Box 133, Big Spring, Texas 79721-0133; or to First Baptist Church, 705 W. FM 700, Big Spring, Texas 79720.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com