Mrs. Evelyn Ditty

  • Born: March 28, 1929
  • Died: December 17, 2009
  • Location: Kansas City, Kansas

Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

11200 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

Tel. (913) 451-1860

Tribute & Message From The Family

Evelyn Stenbock Ditty, 80, of Kansas City, Kansas, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 17, 2009. Evelyn Alice was born March 28, 1929, to Harold and Nellie Stenbock in the tiny settlement of Cloverland, Wisconsin, and spent her early years there on a small family farm. Her father was an itinerant preacher, and Evelyn was introduced to the Lord at an early age.

After graduating from High School in Duluth, Minnesota, Evelyn entered Briercrest Bible Institute in Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada, where she was lead by the Lord to become a missionary. In 1955, she sailed on board a freighter bound for Morocco, where she served as a missionary with Gospel Missionary Union out of
Kansas City, Missouri. While in Morocco, Evelyn lived and worked among Berber tribes teaching women and girls.

In 1967, Evelyn returned to Smithville, Mo. to work at Gospel Missionary Union as Director of Publications. In 1972, she moved on to work for Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City, Mo. as editor and staff writer. A writer at heart, Evelyn wrote a number of missionary biographies as well as the book, Teach yourself to Write, published by Writer’s Digest Books in 1982. Evelyn retired in 1995 from KU School of Nursing Student Affairs Office.

On July 12, 1986 Evelyn married Donald H. Ditty and moved to Kansas City, Kansas, where they enjoyed their years together with family and friends, their flower gardens and their dogs. During that time, and until the time of her death, Evelyn continued writing and teaching Bible Studies and ministering to others in many ways.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; sisters Helga, Ethel, and Ruth; and her brother Paul. She is survived by one sister, Vivian (Tom) Bauers, of Hermantown, Mn; a stepdaughter Candy, and grand-daughter, Amber; and by many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Don and Lennette Bonnell, special friends, who were faithful to God in their ministry to Evelyn and who lovingly cared for her during her final days. They were truly God’s Gift to us all.

Visitation will be held at the Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS, 66219 on Tuesday, December 22 from 10-11 am. Funeral services will start at 11:00 am. Burial to follow in the Johnson County Memorial Gardens. The family suggests contributions to Avant Ministries, Community Covenant Church or the City Union Mission.

Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at (Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer’s Johnson County Chapel, 913-451-1860)

Condolence & Memory Journal

We were so sorry to hear of your loss of Evelyn. She was such a special person. My mother, Inez Fortune, rented her an apartment and they became great friends. Mother was also instrumental in providing Evelyn with an Old English sheepdog named Barney. Mother also had one named Brandy. A few years after Mother's death, I wrote a poem about the dogs and Mother and sent it to Evelyn. A few days later, I got a package from Evelyna pair of black and white dog house shoes. It gave us all a laugh.
Later, Evelyn helped me with a book I was writing on breast cancer. She even suggested the title: Women of Class (and I added what I had thought would be the original title) Breast Cancer 101. I am the proud owner of my mother's copy of Evelyn's book: How to Teach Yourself to Write. Evelyn definitely made a positive difference in other people's lives. She certainly set an example for both us and for others.
Sara Fortune Robison & Lynn Robison

Posted by Sara Fortune Robison - Liberty, MO   December 20, 2009

Amber and I would like to send our condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Evelyn. From the shared meals and conversations to helping to teach Amber to read and write at an early age, Evelyn was always a caring and generous person. She will be missed by so many people.
Steve and Amber Germain

Posted by Steve Germain - Shawnee, KS   December 20, 2009