Evelyn Louise Miller Colton of Scarsdale, NY, born on August 8, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, is now at peace, having passed away at the age of 93 at home in her own bed with her family present on Saturday afternoon, December 30, 2017. Evelyn was pre-deceased by her husband, Stanley Colton who passed away in 1970, parents Abner Miller and Bertha Sherwin Miller in 1953, and brother Louis Miller in 2010.
She is survived by a close and loving family: her daughter and primary caregiver Beth Colton, her son Arlan Colton of Tucson, Arizona, her son and daughter-in-law, Philip Colton and Nancy Westin-Colton of Silver Spring, Maryland and their sons, her grandchildren Sam and Max of Virginia and Maryland, respectively.
Evelyn was raised in Los Angeles and Huntington Park, California. The Millers were members of Sinai Temple, where she was confirmed in 1940. She graduated from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California in 1946 with a major in piano and a minor in voice and moved to New York City in 1948 where she worked for the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. She married Stanley on March 26, 1953, in the presence of her Mother at her bedside in a hospital room in Los Angeles. She and Stanley returned to New York where they designed and completed their “California” ranch house in Edgemont in 1955. There, she raised her three children and lived for the remainder of her days.
In her early adult life, she was a piano accompanist, and music copier for cantors and conductors. Good with numbers, exceedingly well organized and with perfect penmanship, she kept the books for a service station near her Huntington Park neighborhood, and after joining the family business, Colton Construction Corporation, became the full-time secretary and treasurer. Upon Stanley’s untimely passing, she took on the role of superintendent and completed the last home addition and then liquidated the Corporation, once the last contract was fulfilled. However, now being a single mother of three, she needed to continue to work to support her family. With her bookkeeping and business skills, she found employment with the Greater Scarsdale United Fund, as a bookkeeper and property manager with the Century 21- Wolff & Son real estate brokerage in White Plains and as a part time bookkeeper with the Scarsdale Ski House.
She and Stanley were members of Temple Israel in New Rochelle for many years where she insisted her children get a religious education. She had been very active with a local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women where she managed a scholarship program and from Council, she developed many long-term close friendships. Also, without her efforts, the Edgemont School District would not have kept its election roster so well or held district elections so seamlessly. She supported many progressive social, religious and environmental causes with donations every year.
A regular at the symphony, Evelyn especially loved classical music and opera, and while she never embraced Rock and Roll, she did allow her musical taste to broaden to other genres, and she also enjoyed live theatre. She loved to travel, and she absolutely loved to drive, taking her kids on many road trips including two cross country trips to see national parks, historic sites and buildings, and extended family. She loved the mountains and the ocean, and was a hiker and skier. After retirement, she continued to make many trips, with family or friends over the years throughout the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and into Canada as well as Bermuda, England and Scotland.
Above all, she was a remarkable woman and an incredible mother, picking up the pieces after Stanley’s passing and carrying on as a single working parent, and eventually a grandmother to two grandsons she loved very much.
The family is indebted to her wonderful caregivers and our friends Suzzette Headley and Karean Gibson.
Visiting will be at George T. Davis Funeral Home, 16 Shea Place in New Rochelle on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a service at 12 noon. Internment at Mount Eden Cemetery in Valhalla will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam at www.hospicewestchesterputnam.org