Evelyn I. Evans, 84, known as Nana to her beloved grandchildren, went into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at the Fort Hudson Health Care Center. Her death was on the anniversary of her marriage to her beloved husband, Chuck.
Born on Oct. 16, 1925, in Granville, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Emily (Evans) Roberts.
Insisting she go with her sisters, Evelyn started school at the age of 3 years old. She graduated at the top of her class from Granville High School at the age of 16.
On Oct. 20, 1951, she married Forrest “Chuck” Evans at the Granville Baptist Church. Together they were proud to have built their beautiful home on East LaBarge Street in Hudson Falls. He passed away on April 2, 1998.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Telescope Folding Furniture in Granville and also worked in the insurance business. She had an unbelievable work ethic and was very proud of that. Evelyn was also active in many women’s insurance associations, including the Glens Falls Area Insurance Women. Her incredible work ethic was admired by all.
Her strong devotion to the Hudson Falls Baptist Church was very evident in the fact that she served on many church committees, was a member of the St. David’s Society, the Christian Women’s Club and worked year round painting pictures, crafting decorations and other various artworks to sell at the church bazaar every November. Evelyn attended as many church activities as possible. Other activities relating to her beloved church included teaching Sunday School, being a member of the Pastoral Relations Board, the American Baptist Women, the
Women’s Bible Study, the Adirondack Association-American Baptist Church, and especially the Board of Missions, of which she served as chairperson for many years. Her forte was the Board of Missions. While growing up in Granville, she was also very active in the Granville Baptist Church.
Evelyn was very proud of the fact that she started the Girls Scout Organization in Granville.
She was a very talented and well known oil and tole painter. Most of all, she was a wonderful mother and Nana to her grandchildren. Her sense of humor will be missed, as well as the comical stories she told. During World War II Mrs. Evans kept a scrapbook of all the news clippings, stories and pictures of the Granville area soldiers. Recently, because of the great detail of this scrapbook, it has gained interest from the Post Star and the Granville Historical Society.
Educating her children about national and historic sites while traveling with her family was very important to Evelyn. A three-week cross-country trip with her young girls and husband meant so much to her. Traveling to Europe, Hawaii, California, Florida, Cape Cod and Scarsdale with her family, husband, sister and brother -in- law gave her immense pleasure.
Her faith in God never wavered during her time of illness.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is predeceased by a sister, Florence Jones.
She is survived by her daughters, Sheila Itzo and her husband, Paul, of South Glens Falls and Wendy Bacon and her husband, Arthur, of Hudson Falls; her beloved grandchildren, David Itzo, Holly Itzo and Lindsay Bacon; her sister, Eleanor Retallack and her husband, Raymond, of Eldorado Hills, Calif.; one nephew, Mark Retallack and his wife, Betsy, and their children of Beverly, Mass.; one niece, Cindy Gregory and her husband, Kevin, and their children of Carmichael, Calif.; three cousins, Ken Williams and his wife, Ethel, of Athens, Pat Roberts of
Poultney, Vt, and Janice McFayden of North Carolina; and many dear close friends, whom she
Calling hours were held Monday at the Carleton Funeral Home Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Hudson Falls on Main Street in Hudson Falls. Interment followed at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.
Family and friends gathered at Evelyn’s Home following the funeral.
Evelyn’s family would like to thank Dr. Joseph Mihindu and Dr. Scott Munroe as well as the Fort Hudson health Care Center, especially Roberta “Bobby” France, the director and a close friend of Sheila for 40 years, for their wonderful care, support and compassion during her illness.
They also ask that memorial donations in her memory be made to the American
Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220, the First Baptist Church of Hudson Falls, 114 Main St., Hudson Falls, N.Y. 12839 , and Hospice of Washington County, 415 Lower Main St., Hudson Falls, N.Y. 12839.
Online condolences may be made to www.carletonfuneralhome.com.