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Evelyn Roselle Hovland, age 87, of Albert Lea, MN, received her heavenly wings February 11, 2018, and entered the eternal gates at 6:50 AM Sunday morning at The Meadows in Albert Lea. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30 at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church in Brush Creek Township, with Pr. Milton Ost officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at North Blue Earth Lutheran Cemetery.

Evelyn Roselle (Lange) Hovland was born May 27th, 1930 to parents William and Elenora (Rath) Lange in Bricelyn, MN. She was baptized June 21, 1930 by A.R. Schende, pastor at Tabor Church by Brush Creek Cemetery; her sponsors were Butch Redman and Harry Lange. She was confirmed June, 1943 by Reverend H.K. Narum at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church. Evelyn graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1947 and furthered her education at the Mankato commercial college. Evelyn was united in marriage to Richard E. Hovland June 26th, 1949 by Rev. H.K. Narum. She spent much of life enjoying cooking for others, whether it was for a family gathering, church event, or as a cook at Camelback Inn in Arizona or Thorncrest kitchen in Albert Lea, MN. She was an active member at Grace Lutheran Church and enjoyed her women's 'Martha' circle where she shared in many bible studies and circle get togethers. From her love of Grace came the name she chose for her beloved poodle "Gracie". Evelyn also became known as the egg lady at Grace, famous for her decorated deviled eggs. Besides her passion for cooking she also loved to garden, and the neighborhood enjoyed her mixture of blooms, her specialty being different varieties of tulips. She also loved to write letters and was a dedicated pen pal. In earlier years, she and her husband Richard spent much of their time in Phoenix, Arizona where they fell in love with the landscape and both enjoyed working at Camelback Inn. But family eventually brought them back to their first place of love, Minnesota where they spent the rest of the lives. Evelyn inspired many people in her cancer journey with her brave and determined spirit.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her grandparents Emil and Martha Lange, Lydia Rath, her two favorite uncles: Harry Lange and Milton Rath, husband Richard R. Hovland, sisters-in-law, Ramona Legred, Sharon (Ronnie) Johnson, and her precious "Gracie".

She is survived by her four children: Carroll Hovland of Albert Lea, Julie (husband Jim) Yahnke of Owatonna, Laurie Hovland of Minneapolis and Sue (husband Steve) Wright of Albert Lea; grandchhildren: Kelly Hamborg and son Avary of Owatonna, and Casey (Jenny) Hamborg of Farmington; her brother Howard (Jody) Lange of Blue Earth, brother-in-law: Arlen Legred of Brush Creek; along with numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.