Evelyn Oppold Lawless was born on January 15, 1917 on the family farm near Ackley, Iowa to Robert and Gertrude (Lamm) Oppold. She was the oldest of eight children. Evelyn attended and graduated from Ackley High School and St. Mercy Nursing School at Mason City in 1938. She was united in marriage to Harry Lawless on June 30, 1943, prior to his deployment overseas in WWII. Evelyn is remembered as a gracious lady of deep faith who displayed a loving and caring attitude in her nursing career – which she took much pride in and with her family and many friends. Her favorite times were with her husband Harry by her side, entertaining friends and family with a superb home cooked meal, a game of bridge and her extensive travels. She truly cherished the many visits by family and friends in her later years and catching up on their families and activities. Evelyn knew what it meant to “listen” to others. She will be remembered by her grandchildren and great grandchildren for the many games of Chinese checkers and dominos. Beside her career as a private duty and surgical nurse, and raising a family on the farm, Evelyn was active at St.Mary’s Catholic Church where she served on various committees and was a part of several study groups. She was active in the Hardin County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, serving as the group’s President. In later years, she read to Eldora nursing home residents and worked at the Hardin County Blood Bank. She began offering a scholarship to students from Eldora who were pursuing a nursing degree from a fund set up after her 80th birthday by her family and friends. When the funds from that were depleted, she continued to offer the scholarship as she enjoyed helping future nurses and heath care professionals achieve their career goals. One of those nurses she invested in served her needs as she was in the hospital, bringing her gifts full circle. Evelyn passed away November 10, 2016 at Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls. Funds were added to Evelyn’s memorial funds designated by her four surviving children (John Lawless, Mary Beth Richards, Maureen Belzer and Steve Lawless) to endow this scholarship after Evelyn’s passing to allow Evelyn’s legacy of supporting nursing students from Hardin County schools to enroll in nursing degrees at Ellsworth Community College.