Evadean, as she was called, was born
on February 20, 1899 in St. Johnsville, New York, to Fayette and
Antoinette Burkdorf Groff. She married Herbert Asa Handy (8
Mar 1904-3 Jul 1988) on August
19, 1925 in the same town, and died on May 10, 1985 in Palatine
Bridge, New York, at the age of 86. Evadean was buried in West St.
Johnsville Cemetery, where her husband later joined her. She was
a wife, mother, and math teacher. Evadean and Herbert had two
children, Keith Raymond (26 Dec 1926-29 Jan 1993), and adopted Joanne Mary
(28 Apr 1933-2 Apr 1993). Evadean's legacy lives on in many
grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Evadean filled many
diaries with the events of her everyday life, and wrote in such a
way that implies that someday her descendants would read her
writings. Every effort has been made to preserve her actual
writings, including misspellings and grammatical errors. Some
words and names could not be read; therefore, they may be incorrect.
Evadean was my maternal
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