Ruth Evelyn Dyal was born on August 14, 1934, in Arcadia, Florida. She passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, December 7, 2020 in Sebring, Florida.
She is survived by one son Donnie and wife Judy of Sebring; by one sister Hilda Long of Arcadia; by one brother-in-law Wissie and his wife Mimi of Arcadia; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Benny; her parents John W. Garrett and mother Ruth Brown Garrett; brothers Damon C. Garrett and Emory Garrett; brother-in-law James E. Long; father and mother-in-law Arthur Dyal and his wife Sally; brother-in-law Ebi Dyal; brother-in-law Tom Dyal and his wife Maxine; and sister-in-law Lenora Cavas and husband Gregory. She was also preceded in death by nephew Charles Long; niece Libby Keene and husband Kenneth; and nephew Greg Cavas.
Evelyn was former owner and operator of Heartland Paint and Supplies in Sebring and spent much of her adult life in the house painting business helping husband Benny and son Donnie in their business Dyal Painting Contractors. She enjoyed traveling with family, especially watching the Heartland Paint Softball team which Donnie and his cousin Dennis played on. One of the greatest joys of her life was the time she spent with Wissie and Mimi traveling and just simply going out to eat. Many times they were joined by other family members.
Evelyn was raised by her parents in a primitive Baptist Church and was baptized at Columbia City Baptist Church in Lake City, Florida with her brother Damon Garrett. She later became a member of Southside Baptist Church in Sebring where she worked in AWANA and attended the Sunday School class taught by Donnie.
She spent the last several years of her life at Balmoral Assisted Living in Lake Placid where she could often be found helping other residents and just being a friend. She was loved by the staff there and they would often remark about her kind words and pleasant smile.
Graveside services will be Friday, December 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia, FL. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring, FL.