Eyvonne Kay Chapin
August 28, 1940  -  November 10, 2017

Eyvonne Kay Chapin

Eyvonne Kay McKinley Chapin was born August 28, 1940, in Clovis, New Mexico, and passed away Friday, November 10 in El Paso, Texas.

It was important to Eyvonne to be useful. She never sat, but she had some mending, reading, or corresponding to do. There was something to be learned in every situation and a little joy to be found in each circumstance. She was an artist; often painting, crafting, or sewing as a gift, to bring beauty to a corner of the room, or a smile to someone’s face.

Eyvonne loved to travel and would, when her children were young, go on family road trips across the country. She saw 73 countries in her 77 years—each with an amusing or interesting tale. She never let anything hold her back.
She was a proud member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization an international organization whose mission is to educate and uplift women at every stage in their lives—and of the Chi Omega Sorority.
Eyvonne received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from New Mexico State University in 1962. She became a certified Dental Laboratory Technologist in 1979 at the Idaho Vocational Institute and remained in that career for nearly 20 years.

Eyvonne is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, John Arthur Chapin of Ruidoso, New Mexico; sons, Gregory Scott Chapin, of Phoenix, Arizona; Rodney Grant Chapin and wife Erin, of Knoxville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Jordan Symone, Emily Grace, and Michael Gideon; sister, Lois McKinley Melton of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and several cousins.

Eyvonne is preceded in death by her parents, Richard Hall and Ernestine Ashley McKinley, both of Melrose, New Mexico; son, Michael Alan Chapin of Boise, Idaho; sister, Janita, and brother-in-law, Bob Smith, of Pueblo, Colorado; brother-in-law, Bill Melton of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

A receiving of friends will be held at the home of John A. Chapin, 129 Blazing Star Trail Alto, NM 88312. A celebration of life service will be held from 11:00 A.M. until 11:30A.M., followed by receiving of friends from 11:30 A.M. until 2:30P.M. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation in Eyvonne’s memory to: the PEO Foundation. Checks can be made out to “PEO Foundation” and mailed to ATTN: Linda Tobkins, 210 McBride Dr. Ruidoso NM, 88345.


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  1. Ron and Merry Elkin
    Seattle, WA

    Eyvonne was an sweet and kind friend with an elegance about her. She was modest about her creative talents, such as in cooking, decorating, sewing, and organizing. Ron and I enjoyed many dinners at the clubhouse with John and Eyvonne. PEO Chapter AR is the poorer without her presence. I hold many sweet memories of chapter meetings in their living/ dining rooms and in their back yard secret garden. What a great gal and friend. May you feel the arm of God around you now and in the days ahead.

  2. Payne Family
    Ruidoso, NM

    We extend our condolences to the entire Chapn family and all friends of the family.
    We hope you will find strength in our heavenly Father's promise to reunite us with loved ones, Eyvonne, by means of the resurrection when death will be gone forever. Revelation 21:3-4, John 5:28-29.
    May this promise give you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.

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