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Evelyn Shiller Mustian

December 10, 1923 June 15, 2011
Evelyn Shiller Mustian
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Obituary for Evelyn Shiller Mustian

Entered into this World: December 10, 1923 Williamson County, Texas
Evelyn was born, the second child of R.C. Shiller and Hertha Giebel Shiller. She spent her youth in the time of a great depression on a tenant farm in Texas. Her mother was widowed early, working hard to raise 5 children. Her family was very poor, barely having the absolute necessities of life. It was necessary for Evelyn to work at difficult tasks on the farm to help her family survive.
She was a tireless student. She attended schools in Thrall and San Gabriel before graduating from Keller High School in 1941. She was the class secretary and salutatorian, speaking at her commencement on Character Development. She could not attend college for financial reasons.
Evelyn married Loran L. Mustian of Fort Worth in 1949. They had one son, David, before Lorans untimely death in 1960. This put Evelyn in the difficult role of a single mother caring for her son. She worked at office jobs, at Swift & Co, and at the Burlington Northern Railroad. She also relied on her mother and family to help with raising David.
She was a committed Christian since her teens and active in Rosen Heights Assembly of God Church in Ft. Worth. She taught Sunday School of did youth work in churches for most of her life. She had a great love for the Holy Scriptures, reading the Bible entirely each year with attentiveness.
Evelyn moved to Colorado with her railroad job in 1971, and she retired in 1983. She rejoiced to see David go to college and seminary, marry Linda, and have grandchildren, Peter and Andrea. She rejoiced to see Peter married to Amira, and felt blessed to see her family doing well in her final days.
She became a founding member of St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church in 1991, worshipping and serving there. Evelyn spent countless hours teaching, doing office work, dewing vestments and acolyte robes. She rejoiced to see St. Luke Church grow and flourish.
Evelyn had an open heart to grow spiritually, learn and add to her knowledge about God and His Church. She loved Holy Communion. Her brother William recalls, Evelyn was no shrinking violet while growing up. She had a temper, for which I can attest. She was full of life. Over the years she let God refine her, building His nature in her. At the end of her life the godly character was most clear to see by all who knew her.
In serving people, she loved to encourage others with Scriptures, and kind words. She could empathize with people in difficult times of life, as she had faced trials. She genuinely cared for others, and generously gave her time, talent and money. She was a confidant for so many, the local seamstress, teacher of Scriptures, and always engaged in prayer for those she loved and some she had never met.
She lived independently in a small senior apartment in Lafayette, CO until her recent brief illness. She was loved by all her neighbors, church friends, and near her loving family.
In her final days, she talked openly with her family about leaving this world, sharing love and beautiful words that will be cherished forever. She spoke by phone to some. She joyfully received the Sacraments a final time. Her family was with her in her last night.
On June 15, 2011 in Louisville, CO, Evelyn fell asleep peacefully in Christ, with her son holding her hand and praying.
In addition to her parents and husband, two sisters, Margie and Lydia Shiller, predeceased her. She is survived by her son, V. Rev. Fr. David L. Mustian and wife Linda; one grandson, Peter Mustian and wife, Amira of Erie, CO; and one granddaughter, Dr. Andrea Mustian of Lafayette, CO; brothers, Dr. William R. Shiller and wife Judy, of Avondale, RI; W. John Shiller and wife Dolores, and Frank Shiller and wife, Thelma, all of Ft. Worth, Texas. She also had several nieces and nephews.
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth. Blessed indeed, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them! Revelation 14:13

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