Reflecting on the nursing career, she said, "It's not glamorous; it's hard work, and a lot of people don't want to work hard."

Ms. Spohn was also a mentor to younger nurses.

"She would urged the LPNs to go back to school and get their registered nursing degrees. She believed in education," said a daughter, Barbie Brazda of Chesterfield, Va.

"Evvie was an inspiration to us because she was positive and a happy person to be around. No matter what she was going through, she always had a smile on her face," said Eric A. Grinmmel, who is the administrator of Lorien Columbia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. "She came in December 1977 and worked until 2012.

"When Miss Evvie came to work, she came to work. She insisted on doing meaningful work," said Ms. Waterman.

"Work was the thing that she did. She tried to retire but was so bored, so she had to go back. She wanted to do something that was meaningful," said Ms. Brazda.

"Work kept her going, and it was something she enjoyed getting up for. It also kept her mind sharp," said Ms. Brazda. "And because she was older than most of the patients when she was nursing, she was always being asked, 'What room are you in?' "

Several years ago, Ms. Spohn was given a "Channel 13 Salute" from WJZ-TV for being one the nation's longest-working nurses.

Ms. Spohn retired in 2012 and moved into Harmony Hall, which is adjacent to Lorien Columbia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

"But she still managed to keep busy. She'd do a welcoming speech to new Harmony Hall residents," said Ms. Brazda.

Ms. Spohn enjoyed reading, traveling and taking cruises.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Eastport United Methodist Church, 926 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis.

In addition to Ms. Brazda, she is survived by three other daughters, Susan Hammer of Chesterfield, Va., Nancy Myers of Ellicott City and Linda Frizzell of Sykesville; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her second marriage ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com