Evelyn Vincent Ariff, 98, formerly of Atlantic City, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday night. Evelyn, also known as “Evie,” was born March 11, 1924 in Atlantic City, the area where she spent most of her life.
Evelyn graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1942, after which she was employed as a secretary by the US Army for several years in numerous locations and was selected for a training course in Vari-Typer, an assignment that was considered to be an honor. After her tenure with the military, she worked for Sinderbrand Realty and Leads Realty in Atlantic City, and then moved to Miami Beach for three years to work as an assistant to the Director of the United Jewish Appeal. After returning to Atlantic City, Evelyn was Executive Secretary to the General Manager of the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel. She held this position until 1976, at which time the hotel was sold to Bally, Inc. to become a casino. At the age of 70, she worked as a trainer at “Great Shape,” a toning table establishment.
At the age of 72, following a nine-month treatment of chemotherapy and radiation for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she returned to South Jersey Nautilus for strength and metabolic training. She continued at Tilton Fitness until the age of 90 and subsequently exercised at the gym in her apartment building and on the Nordic Trac Recumbent Bike at her new apartment at Seashore Gardens Elder Housing. She enjoyed helping to train others in the apartment building workout room.
Evelyn loved show tunes from Broadway and movies and would often perform the tunes for her daughter and anyone who would listen. She enjoyed watching old movies, especially adventures, musicals, and mysteries. Evie was an avid reader and exhibited a particular passion for mysteries. Other pastimes included going to the casinos, dining out, and playing cards with her friends. Evelyn received much joy from the grand-dogs in her life and was proud of their achievements as Therapy Dogs, agility, and additional performance events.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Ariff, whom she married in 1949, and her daughter, Joy. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Ariff Karrberg; son-in-law, Philip Karrberg; as well as her beloved grandson, Garrett Karrberg; and sister, Saundra Solitare. She will be sorely missed by her friends, especially Chester Morton who held a special place in her heart.
Arrangements are under the direction of Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel. A private burial will be held. Donations in her memory may be made to Collie Health Foundation or Sheltie Rescue Alternative.