Evelyn Gau born March 20, 1921 passed away peacefully on April 22, 2017. She was born Evelyn “Owings” to parents Herman and Lola and raised in Ferndale, Washington along with her
3 brothers; Bob, Bill and Bud.
She married Cy Gau on October 4, 1941 and they settled in Kirkland raising 9 children, Pat (Larry), Mike, Jim (Judy), Dave, Pam, Dennis (Kathy), Bill, Janice (Ron), and Larry.
Evelyn loved life and was always partial to a good joke/pun, crazy socks, a rousing game of scrabble, growing flowers (especially dahlias), cats, being outdoors, a good cocktail, and singing. Her beautiful soprano voice was heard by the congregation at Holy Family Church for many years as a member of the church choir and also by the residents at various rest homes in the Kirkland area. Her volunteer spirit was shared with other ministries at the church, as well as with St Vincent de Paul, the American Legion and the Puget Sound Blood Bank. Her cinnamon rolls were legendary and highly sought after at the church bake sales.
Evelyn’s lovely smile and blue eyes were always in evidence when she was with family, (especially the grandkids), with old and new friends, and sometimes after a Mariner game if they won. She was everyone’s cheerleader and derived great pleasure in other’s successes. Evelyn loved to laugh and never more so at herself. The Gau’s house was known as a place her children’s friends were welcome and loved as her own.
Her love of life was readily apparent as she looked for new adventures. She became a white water rafting enthusiast later in life despite some misgivings by her husband.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, son Larry, and her brothers. Along with her surviving children, she leaves 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 29th at Sunset Hills Memorial Chapel at 11:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, her family suggests a donation be made to Mary’s Place in Seattle.