Evelyn "Evie" Joanne Gregersen

  • Born: January 23, 1933
  • Died: August 28, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Evelyn Joanne (Toulouse) "Evie" Gregersen passed away August 28 after a long illness from complications caused by Alzheimer's disease. She was born January 23, 1933 at Des Moines, Iowa, attended the Des Moines public schools and graduated from East High School in January 1951.

The family will hold a visitation outdoors (weather permitting) on Friday, September 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa (Ankeny). Please wear a mask. A private family funeral will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church on September 19, 2020. She was cremated and her ashes will be interred at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter along with her husband's at a later date.

She worked for the Meredith Corporation after high school graduation until she enrolled at Iowa State College. There she met her future husband, and the love of her life, Kenneth A. Gregersen. They were married on June 14, 1953 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Moines (where she was also baptized and confirmed). They remained lifelong Lutherans wherever they lived. She was involved in Sunday School, WELCA, choir and hospitality.

Evelyn worked at the Iowa State College seed laboratory while her husband finished college, and at the Brooklyn, New York Methodist Hospital while her husband was in the Army.

After his service, Evelyn was a devoted wife and mother raising her two sons, Stephen and Kristopher, and being a homemaker. Always organized, she made sure her family came first and was always on time. She came to her children's and grandchildren's activities to encourage and praise their efforts.

Evelyn resumed her career as a teacher's aide and later as secretary to the staff of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Muscatine, Iowa. Later, she worked at the accounting firm of Mossbach-Griffith, CPA during the tax season.

Evie was an amazing host and welcoming friend. She loved to decorate her home (it was always spotless) and host events. She made you feel welcome and appreciated as family and friends meant everything to her. She wrote weekly letters to her family with the latest news and always wrote a kind thank you to all. Growing up with very modest means, Evie came to appreciate fashion. She loved to wear a new outfit and accessories always looking as stylish and gracious on the outside as she was inside.

She was an active member of PEO and TTT, both women's philanthropic organizations. She spent more than 17 years helping young women competing in the Miss America Scholarship program on the local, state and national level. She received great joy mentoring and chaperoning young women with poise, confidence and speaking skills as well as booking their appearances.

Her husband's career caused them to move several times and they continued to move in retirement. In 67 years of marriage, they lived in Ames, Webb, Sioux City, Muscatine, Arnolds Park and Ankeny in Iowa as well as Brooklyn, NY, Bella Vista, AR and Gold Canyon, AZ. They also loved to travel visiting every state and several foreign countries. Wherever they found themselves, she always made new friends feel welcomed and appreciated.

Her parents, Guy and Carol (Christensen) Toulouse preceded her in death. She is survived by Kenneth of Ankeny, Stephen and his wife Kathryn of Douglas, WY, Kristopher and his wife Kathryn in Des Moines, IA, and five grandchildren, Maren Gregersen of St Louis, MO, Casey (Annie) Gregersen of Houston, TX, Erik Gregersen (Stephanie Darus) of Des Moines, IA, Clayton (Laura) Gregersen of Billing, MT, and Haley (PJ) Mackinney of Beaverton, OR and step granddaughter, Katelyn of Douglas, WY. She is also survived by one great granddaughter, Brooke of Billings, MT, and three great grandsons, Kolt, Fynn and Rhett of Houston, TX, a sister, Marilyn (John) Rosborough of Los Lunas, NM and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at The Bridges of Ankeny for Evie's wonderful care the past four years. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter or Luther Memorial Church where she was a member.

To view the live stream on Facebook on Saturday, September 19, 2020:
1. Follow this link to the Memorial Services of Iowa page or copy/paste the address into your internet browser: https://www.facebook.com/Memorial-Services-of-Iowa-1634608780157244/
2. 'Like' the page. (by doing this you will be able to see on your newsfeed when the livestream starts).
3. On Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CDT go to the Memorial Services of Iowa page to view


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Condolence & Memory Journal

We knew Evie (and Ken) in Muscatine. My parents (Cliff & Charlotte Brown) were good friends with Evie and Ken. Mom and Evie did a lot together, were in TTT together. Played bridge. I loved Evie! Everything you wrote in the obituary is spot on. She was a gracious and fantastic lady. I'm sure you will miss her. I didn't realize she had Alzheimer's, I'm sorry about that. You have my prayers for peace and strength at this time. Sincerely, Diane and Steve

When the moment feels right, ask your dad if he remembers singing at our wedding!

Posted by Diane & Steve Cochran    September 19, 2020

Memories of a good friend

Posted by Joan and Ron Harris    September 18, 2020

I remember Evie from my year as Miss Muscatine1965. She was a lovely lady who took good care of us during competition and she was fun. I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Linda Zimmer Gilbride - Oak Ridge North, TX - Friend   September 16, 2020

I remember Evie from my year as Miss Muscatine1965. She was a lovely lady who took good care of us during competition and she was fun. I am sorry for youe loss.

Posted by Linda Zimmer Gilbride - Oak Ridge North, TX - Friend   September 16, 2020

dear ken we enjoyed meeting you and evie at the bridges. My mom, myself, along with lily, jacob, melissa and connor liked talking to her when she shared her room with mom ( jean miler) God be with you as you navigate your way through this time. We will miss having you when we finally all get back to the bridges to be with family. Love jane stone

Posted by jane stone (jean Miler daughter stone - ankeny, IA - Friend   September 14, 2020

Ken, we were sorry to hear of the passing of your wife Evie. When we met you at the Silver Sneaker classes, your love and devotion for her was evident when we talked. We are very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Chuck & Sharon Corsello - Ankeny, IA - Acquaintance   September 14, 2020

Ken, I was so sorry to see the news about The loss of Evie...and my heart breaks for you. She was such a classy and warm lady...I still have fond memories of dinners with you both years ago. And how much both of you brought to my request to be a part of the student NAMA
competitions. Having both you as a part of those events was fun and your contributions meant a great deal to all of us and the program. I was always struck by Evie's style and grace...and thought what a lucky guy you were!! Best to you and best thoughts of Evie.

Posted by Tom Davis - Des Moines, IA - Friend   September 13, 2020

Nicky and I were sorry to hear about your mom's passing.She really will be missed by her famil. She really had class. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by John Schissel - Friend   September 13, 2020

Kris, Kathy and family,
Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to all of you. I hope your happy memories and the love and support of family and friends will help to sustain you during this sad time and in the difficult months ahead. God's blessings and peace to all of you.
Leslie and Ann and family.

Posted by Ann Moeller - Friend   September 12, 2020

Kris .... I am so sorry to see this... your Mom was such a special lady and I will always think fondly of her... keeping you and all of the family in my thoughts....May all the sweet memories bring you all peace and comfort d

Posted by Barb Weber Curtis    September 12, 2020

Our sympathy and prayers are sent to the entire Gregersen family. May her memory be a blessing to you.
Margaret and Fred Townsend

Posted by Margaret & Fredn Townsend - Des Moines, IA - Family Friend   September 11, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire Gregerson family.

Posted by Mel Rambo - West Des Moines   September 09, 2020

Evelyn was always such a beautiful person inside and out. Her joy in her family and relatipnships was so evident I have great memories of being your flower girl at your wedding..

Posted by Janice Smith) Rautman - Albuquerque, NM - Family   September 09, 2020

Ken, My thoughts and prayers are with you. She has won the battle and is now enjoying the rewards.

Posted by Dena Schliesman - Muscatine, IA, IA - Friend   September 09, 2020

EVIE WAS A WONDERFUL FRIEND AND WE HAD SUCH GOOD TIMES TOGETHER. I TREASURE THE TIMES SHE STAYED WITH ME WHEN KEN WAS GONE ON BUSINESS. SHE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY.

Posted by ELEANOR LINDEMAN - INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN - Friend   September 09, 2020