Evelyn Goodrich Trickel

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Evelyn Trickel died Tuesday afternoon, April 30, at Kansas City's New Mark Care Center after an illness. She was 91.

Evelyn Goodrich Trickel was born and raised on a farm in southern Grundy County. She graduated from Shelburne School and Trenton High School. After marrying her first husband, Roy Lee Brummitt, they moved to Fulton, MO. After Roy's death in 1957, she returned to Trenton with her two children, Richard and Margaret.

Evelyn attended Trenton Junior College for two semesters before moving to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1962. After teaching high school in Farmington, Missouri for a year, Evelyn and her husband Robert Trickel returned to Trenton and three sons, David, Gary and Brent, joined the family. In addition to five children, Trickel has 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Evelyn served as director of adult education courses at Trenton Junior College while also earning a master's degree in adult education from Central Missouri College in Warrensburg. She also taught business courses at TJC. Together with Evelyn Sheets, Trickel implemented folklore courses into the TJC curriculum.

Evelyn co-authored a book about the Orphan Train movement, which sent over 100,000 children from the streets of New York to the Midwest from 1853 to 1929. Evelyn co-authored We Are A Part of History: The Story of The Orphan Trains. Trickel and Patrick later wrote, “Orphan Trains to Missouri.” Trickel was a research consultant for the Wendy Hearn-presented documentary “The End of The Line,” which chronicled the lives of orphan train children. She was also a consultant for a PBS film “Orphan Train.”

For these and other activities, Trickel received the Charles Loring Brace Award, presented annually by the National Orphan Train Society of America to recognize outstanding research and work to preserve the history of the orphan train movement. Trickel also served on the board of the National Orphan Train Society of America.

Ms. Trickel has served her community in many ways as a member of the Trenton R-9 School Board, the Missouri Day Committee, the Trenton Building Board and the Grundy County Museum Board. She was a member of the Grundy County Genealogy Society, a member of the Dorcas Richardson Chapter, DAR and First Baptist Church.

Evelyn received the Pillar of the Community Award from the Trenton Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, Evelyn received the Phil Harris Award from Rotary International for her work at the Church Women United Thrift Shop, where she served on the board and volunteered. She also volunteered at the Grundy County Women's Shelter.

In addition to the two Orphan Train books, Evelyn co-authored A Pictorial History of Grundy County with Tom Brown and Alfred Humphreys and co-edited the two-volume Grundy County Missouri History And Its People with Gloria Carpenter and Vicki Wheeler.

Survivors in the area include her son, David Trickel of Dunlap, and her sister, Karen Prewitt, of rural Grundy County.

A memorial service for Trenton resident Evelyn Trickel will be held at 11 a.m. June 15 at the First Baptist Church of Trenton. Family visitation will take place one hour before the service.

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