Obituary for Rita Lou Berrum Evans Walls
Born February 13, 1927, to Louis Willadsen “Lou” Berrum, Jr. and Marguerita Wilkerson Berrum, Rita Lou passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 11, 2017.
After attending Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Rita Lou married David F Evans and enthusiastically took on the challenge of being a rancher’s wife and started her family life on the Evans Ranch located in Long Valley north of Reno out behind Bordertown. .
Then along came the pride and joys of her life, her children, David and Edith (Edie), who were initially raised on the ranch.
Her Home Economics major served her well as she excelled in her culinary exploits, running a household, as well as working for many years at the House of Fabrics Store in Reno.
In her young adulthood, Rita Lou joined the Pythian Sisters, Calanthe Temple, to which she devoted so many years in ritualistic and community service. Her Pythian tenure included being elected Grand Chief for the Domain of Nevada.
She married Teague G. Walls, also active in the Knights of Pythias and was a longtime friend of the family, spending the last 40 years of their lives together.
Among her many community endeavors, Rita Lou served as secretary for American Legion Auxiliary Duby Reid Unit #30 and was deeply involved in Toll Painters where her many painted china creations were widely acclaimed.
Rita Lou was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, David Evans.
She is survived by her husband, Teague, her children; David (Donna)(Meridian, ID) and Edie (Reno), her brothers; George Browning “Brownie” Berrum (Sharon) (Crooked River Ranch, OR), and Louis W “Bill” Berrum, III (Jackie) (Reno), 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
A service, conducted by the Pythian Sisters, will be held at Walton’s Funeral Home at 875 West Second Street, Reno, on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10AM.
A “Gathering of Friends and Family”, hosted by the Knights of Pythias, will follow the service at the Pythian Hall located at 980 Nevada Street, Reno, next to the Lou Berrum Memorial Pythian Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Suite B, Reno, NV 89502, or her favorite Pythian Sisters’ project, the Nevada Special Olympics (which can be found online).