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Evelyn Arkwell

October 25, 1931 ~ April 26, 2021 (age 89)

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Evelyn Arkwell, of Panama City, FL, peacefully went to heaven on April 26th, surrounded by love and laughter and her treasured cat and companion, Jean-Noel. She was born in Covington, KY on October 25, 1931 and was 89 years old. She was the 5th of 15 children to Louis and Omia Pearl Soward. She loved to share that she had 7 brothers and 7 sisters and to tell stories of the trouble they got into.

Evelyn was married for 50 years to CM/Sgt Kenneth G. Arkwell, who predeceased her in 2004. Traveling the world as an Air Force wife, she raised her children in places like Germany, Spain, Okinawa, and Hawaii along with several other states. Wherever she went, she participated and volunteered. Over the years she was a Girl Scout leader, a Family Services manager and a NCO Wives Club officer, putting her abilities to organize and manage to good use beyond her family.

Her heart was always filling a need wherever she saw one. She would give generously of whatever she could; her time, her abilities, her money, and she was most certainly always willing to share her opinion. Often much to the consternation of her loving children.

Full of the common sense that her own mother instilled in her, Evelyn raised 4 children. Dr. Kathy A. Arkwell, Peoria, IL, Kenneth L. Arkwell, Dallas, TX, Karen A. (James) Randall, Panama City, FL, and Kerrie S. (Michael) Arkwell-Mullins of Richmond, VA. She only had one granddaughter, Kory L. Arkwell-Mullins, who called her Grammie and didn’t have to share her with any other grandchildren.

Later in life she was blessed with a wonderful and supportive church family, McKendree Methodist in Aylett, VA, that was dear to her heart. The family is grateful for the care and love she received from them; as well as from Summer’s Landing Assisted Living, Emerald Coast Hospice and caregivers Pam Veara along with Aricka Sessions with Serenity Family Home Care in Panama City, FL.

A family inurnment will be on Tuesday May 4th at Kent-Forest Lawn Cemetery at 3:00p.m. Expressions of love, sympathy and memories can be shared at

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