Evelyn Teskey Lefkoff passed away at home peacefully Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at the age of 83 after a heroic battle with amyloidosis.
Diagnosed five years ago, she searched the Internet for support and treatment. She discovered a support group and received treatment from the Mayo Clinic. The treatment delayed the progression of the disease, giving her five more years of life.
Evelyn was born and raised in Augusta, the daughter of Jennie Teskey and Julius Teskey, of blessed memory. An only child, Evelyn bonded with her many cousins, and they remained like siblings throughout her life. She was always social and outgoing and was the AZA sweetheart of the Augusta chapter.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harold, whom she met in Augusta in 1950 during his medical school years. They moved to Atlanta, where she devoted her life to her husband and her family. Her marriage with Harold was the selfless embodiment of love, honor, trust and devotion.
Evelyn was a devoted mother and grandmother. She provided her family with energy, a zest for life and guidance. She is survived by her children, Helen Lefkoff (Robert Faulk), Larry (Bundi) Lefkoff and Craig (Faye) Lefkoff. She cherished her seven grandchildren, Alexis (Andy), Missy (Mechel), Steven (Anna), Ryan (Meredith), Julie (Bradley), Jenna and Blake. Evelyn was blessed with seven great-grandchildren as well. Evelyn invested her life in the nurturing, love and support of her children. She raised them in a home where they could explore life confidently and have their own successes, and she leaves them very close-knit.
Evelyn had a flair for entertaining and hosted family and friends at dinner parties, cocktail parties and all holidays. She loved to plan every detail, and her family relished meals that she lovingly made. She filled her home with many friends, family and guests, bringing joy to everyone.
Evelyn was an ardent tennis player and enjoyed tennis with Harold, her children and her friends. She played competitively with ALTA. She was a challenging competitor at canasta and mah-jongg. She was a creative talent. She wrote shows and musicals for sisterhood groups and charity functions. She arrived at every lifecycle event with a personalized tribute poem that she had written. She was an expert shopper and navigated every mall and store with precision and skill. She was always perfectly dressed and entered every room vibrant and glowing.
She had a huge heart of gold, caring most about others and their needs and happiness. She had a tremendous faith in G-d. Her influence, her zest and enthusiasm for life, and her faith will be passed for generations through the lives of her children and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.
Donations may be made to Weinstein Hospice, 3150 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30327, www.weinsteinhospice.com, to Amyloidosis Support Groups, 232 Orchard Drive, Wood Dale, IL 60191, amyloidosissupport.org, or to Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Atlanta, GA 30327, www.aasynagogue.org.
The graveside funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with Rabbi Neil Sandler officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.