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She was born Evelyn Margaret Willis, but she has been Nan to everyone for the last 43 years of her life. Her greatest passion in life was her family, by blood and by love.

She was born in Newark, NJ, and lost her parents at a very young age. She was placed in a Catholic orphanage with our Uncle Jackie, and stayed there until she was 12 when at which time she was adopted. She came to live in Nutley, NJ and then right outside of Baltimore, MD. She came back to live in NJ, and was there until relocating to Iowa in 1978.

Our mom had the biggest, purest, heart of anyone I've ever come to know in my life. We were never rich, but if someone was in need and she had it...they had it. It has always been who she was. And bless her little heart, she could give it to you if you were not doing right. The most beautiful, big hearted, full blooded, stubborn Irish woman you would ever have been lucky enough to meet. Mom was amazing with the best sense of humor, which we are lucky to have inherited.

Her happy place was playing bingo. She's played it since us children were old enough to know what bingo meant. I took her once a month to play, and that made her very happy. I know she's going to find her bingo palace in Heaven!

She was preceded in death by her parents Frederick and Margaret Willis, her adoptive parents Mr and Mrs William Sullivan, and her brother Frederick Willis Jr.

She is survived by her children Patti Jones - Poland, Kevin Killmer and Pam Willis. Her 10 grandchildren Joseph Killmer, David (Rhiannon) Killmer, Tasha Killmer, Kenny Killmer, Kyle Killmer, Randy (Margo) Jones, Torbin (Steven) Cook - Stratton, Brandon Davies, Donny (Breanna) Rodriguez, Ian (Shawna) Fischer. 21 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren with 2 more on the way.

Family is family, whether by blood or love, and she was blessed with many members of family by both in her 92 years with us.

You were blessed with lots of love by many, Mom, and you will be missed by all of us. Give everyone in Heaven love from all of us as we know you earned your wings right here on earth before heading there.

Service Details

Visitation:
Thursday, July 11, 2019
6-8 pm
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, Iowa
Service:
Friday, July 12, 2019
1:00 pm
Graveside Service
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Des Moines, Iowa
Disposition:
Burial
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Des Moines, Iowa
Arrangements:
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009
(515) 967-4272

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