Someone You Should Know: Evelyn McKillop
June 13, 2012 6:43 PM
99 year-old Evelyn McKillop grew up in the Sioux Falls area during the Great Depression and graduated from Sioux Falls University in 1933.
She immediately landed a job teaching in a one-room schoolhouse between Parker and Monroe.
Evelyn McKillop said, “I didn’t make an awful lot of money, but I made a good amount so I could live nicely.”
She started out making 45 dollars a month, but only one year later; she went to work for the Sioux Falls School District making even more. In fact, she more than doubled her pay to 109 dollars a month. For the next 41 years, Evelyn touched the lives of thousands of Sioux Falls children.
“And then I quit. I could have taught three more years, but I was tired by that time. I said let it go. I’m quitting,” said McKillop.
But she didn’t quit touching lives. For the next 25 years, Evelyn served as a volunteer at McKennon Hospital knitting booties for newborn babies. At home, she took care of her mother and her kitten, Tammy; all while teaching herself how to paint.
After moving to Trail Ridge Senior Living in 1998, she established the Evelyn McKillop Endowment Fund to provide assistance to deserving students in the field of education.
In return, USF awarded her with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. When asked about the honor, she remained humble.
“My stuff… I didn’t think it was that important, I was flattered,” said McKillop.
But we at KDLT think it’s very important. That’s why we think she is someone you should know.