Evadyn MacLeod passed away peacefully April 22, 2011, in her Medford home. She was born August 1, 1924, in Junction City, Kans., to Beryl May Houghton and George Joseph Lyon. She grew up in Denver, Colo., graduating from South High School in 1942. In 1947, she graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors in science in foods and nutrition. She took her dietetic internship at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital from 1947 to 1948. She also worked at Weld County Hospital in Greeley, Colo., and Los Angeles County Hospital from 1949 to 1950.
In Los Angeles, Calif., on July 15, 1949, Evadyn married Tom MacLeod, also a Colorado State graduate, class of 1949. In July 1950, they moved to Medford, Ore., where Tom became a television sportscaster, well-known among local high school sports fans. Evadyn worked full time at Rogue Valley Medical Center for nearly 50 years, from 1950 to 1989, serving as Director of Nutrition Services from 1988 to 1989. She was a delegate to the National Dietetic Convention and held office in the State Dietetic Association and the Southern Oregon Chapter of the Diabetes Association.
Evadyn enjoyed watching sports, going to the community concerts, and was a good cook. She and Tom are said to be among the first real serious barbecuers in Medford. She loved to travel but didn't have the chance to do as much as she would have liked. For many years, Evadyn cared for her elderly mother, and then for her own husband in his struggle with Parkinson's disease. Despite any personal burdens, she always had a very even disposition and had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She especially enjoyed meeting friends at the Rogue Valley Country Club and stayed in close contact with those she had worked with at Rogue Valley Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 3, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., in Carpenter Room 2, at Rogue Valley Medical Center. John Braund, Asante Hospice Chaplain, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rogue Valley Medical Center Foundation.