She was born Jan. 10, 1923, in Chicago, a daughter of the late George and Emma (Hajek) Koza.
Evelyn moved to Sturgis in 1965, coming from South Bend, Ind.
On Dec. 28, 1946, she married Oscar F. Ford in South Bend. He preceded her in death Sept. 10, 2008.
She was a homemaker and had been employed at Bendix in South Bend during World War II, The Huddle at Notre Dame in the early 1960s and at American Industrial in Sturgis for six years. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
Evelyn was an avid gardener and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.
Surviving are two daughters, Gloria (James) Cox of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Cindy (Joe Urick) Horner of Sturgis; a son, Dean Ford of Lansing; three grandchildren, Sara (Jeff) Stanski of Fort Wayne, Ind., Todd (Jamie) Cox of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ruth (Dane) Smith of Cincinnati; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Williams of Noblesville, Ind.; and a brother, George Koza Jr. of Michigan City, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a daughter, Diana Ford.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis, where a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday.
The family will also receive friends and relatives from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Angles Catholic Church, 402 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. A funeral Mass celebrating the life of Evelyn C. Ford will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Father German Perez-Diaz, celebrant.
Graveside Services and interment will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Cemetery in South Bend, Ind.
The family suggests memorial donations be directed to Holy Angels Catholic Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.