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Evelyn Marie Foltz

1918-2017

Published: July 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Evelyn Marie Foltz, 99, of Malvern, passed away peacefully Friday, July 7th, 2017, at her beloved Pride Valley Campground surrounded by her loving family.

Evelyn was born in Beloit, Ohio on Jan. 16, 1918, a daughter of the late William and Clara (Banbury) Arnold. Evelyn's business acuity first showed at a young age. When she purchased her first home at the age of 22, she converted the upstairs into an apartment that would generate income to cover the mortgage.

Evelyn Marie Foltz

From her mid-twenties to her mid-thirties, Evelyn held management positions in the food service industry at a time when only a small percent of working women held management positions. Evelyn managed the 19th Tee Restaurant in Canton from 1945 to 1950. She ran the counter at Gray's Drug Store in Canton from 1951 to 1952. Next, she managed the cafeteria at the E.W. Bliss Company Facility in North Canton from 1952 to 1954.

In 1954 at the age of 36, Evelyn ventured out on her own by first purchasing the land in Malvern that would become Pride Valley Campground and the next year opening her own restaurant, The Kopper Kettle, in Malvern. Evelyn had to foresight to realize that outdoor recreation and camping were a big idea looming on the horizon. She spent the next few years readying her newly purchased property into a family-friendly destination. Pride Valley Campground would prove to be the crowning achievement of Evelyn's business career as it became a place where people made memories with their families and friends for nearly six decades.

Evelyn's hard work and success in business allowed her to enjoy time with her family and travel to many destinations. A perpetual night owl and card shark, Evelyn loved to travel to Las Vegas where her savvy and skill showed at the poker table. She often played cards with her family and friends. Her love of cards came full circle as she also successfully included card games in her business as a form of recreation at Pride Valley. She would regularly host card games late into the night and would also credit her love of late nights and playing cards to her longevity.

Evelyn is survived by a daughter, Norma Colley, of Cape Coral, Fla.; grandchildren, Charles (Jan) Colley and their three children, Susan (Robert) Russmann and their three children, Gary (Karin) Colley and their two children, Lisa Murchland (Kenny) Bise and their two children, Todd (Michele) Colley and their two children, Jenny (Jeffrey) Wilson and their three children, Tina Logan, Shelly Logan and her son; 21 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Carol Ann Logan, son-in-law Charles A. Colley, two brothers and one sister.

A Celebration of her life will be held at Pride Valley Campground, Saturday, July 15, at 6 p.m. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. Evelyn - our mother, our MeMe, our friend. Her legacy will endure as will our love for her always and forever. Bartley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends may express condolences online at www.bartleyfuneralhome.com.


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