Mona Bertha Palsir Everson

Mona Bertha Palsir Everson

Mona Bertha Palsir Everson passed into the loving arms of her Lord Jesus on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

Born Dec. 8, 1922, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Latvian immigrants Peter Palsir and Bertha Peterson, she graduated from Neptune (N.J.) High School in 1940 and married her sweetheart, John Charles Everson, on Feb. 9, 1941.

Mona worked as a waitress, school cook and optometrist assistant. She was best known as an expert quilter, crocheter and seamstress. In the 1950s and 1960s, Mona ran her own ceramic studio and taught hundreds the art of ceramics. Many in central New Jersey may find handmade ceramics today with her trademark signature “Mona” on the underside.

Mona moved to Tellico Village from Neptune, N.J., in 2017 and became a member of First Baptist Church in Tellico Village. She loved Sunday worship, enjoyed Wednesday fellowship dinners and attended neighborhood Bible studies with her many Kahite friends.

Mona was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, John, who died in 1968; daughter, Ruth Anna Rainey, who died in 2019; son-in-law, William Rainey, who died in 2020; and granddaughter, Rose Marie Knepper, who died in 2016.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, William L. and Yvette Everson of Brick, N.J.; son and daughter-in-law, John P. and Susan Everson of Vonore; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life is planned for 10 a.m. Oct. 16 at First Baptist Church in Tellico Village. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory for a cause Mona supported, the “Walk to Remember” benefitting Our PLACE — An Adult Day Center for clients afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Visit for details on how to donate.