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Marie Ethel Evans

Marie Ethel Evans

(1921 – 2011)

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Marie Ethel Evans

Marie Ethel Evans
(1921 – 2011)

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Marie Ethel Evans

(1921 – 2011)
About Marie Ethel
Marie Ethel Evans (nee Koepp) died May 31, 2011 at 89 years of age. She had resided at Roo-Lan Health Care Center for the last 13 years, after a brain hemorrhage from which she never completely recovered. She was predeceased by one daughter, Elaine Hodges, and her husband of 45 years, William H. Evans. She is survived by 6 children, 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Marie Ethel was born in Seattle, Washington on November 7, 1921. When her family moved to Kent, Washington, she met and later married her childhood sweetheart. For the first 20 years of their marriage, she held the hardest job in the Navy – that of Navy wife. She moved with her husband whenever and wherever possible
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during his Navy career, living in many different states and Guam. They were blessed with 7 children and 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
After Marie and Bill had started their family, they looked for a religion in which to raise those children. Marie never took the easy way if it was not the right way. Marie visited various denominations and was attracted to the Catholic Church because it honored and respected women, especially through the role of Mary in the salvation story. The entire family, with four children at that time, were baptized in 1952. Marie and Bill became active members of whatever parish they found themselves in, whether in Hawaii, Guam, Georgia, St. Peter’s Mission
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in Tenino, WA, or St. Michael’s in Olympia. After her husband’s death, Marie came to Sacred Heart Parish where many may still remember her teaching religious education, or attending mass with the granddaughters she was raising.
At her husband’s 20-year retirement from the Navy, Marie and Bill bought a farm in Tenino, Washington, and lived there for the next 20 years. With their children grown, they settled finally in Lacey, Washington. After Bill’s death, Marie continued to raise 2 granddaughters and to be active in volunteering at their school and teaching catechism at their parish, Sacred Heart, as she had done at her previous parishes.
She pursued what she believed
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in and committed to it wholeheartedly. For example, we can not forget her love of color. Combined with a tendency to act wholeheartedly, it often resulted in startlingly bright color combinations in both wardrobe and home décor.
Luckily for her family, she committed to lifelong marriage, her children and her religion with the same dedication. She was first and foremost wife, mother and grandmother. One of her favorite pursuits was inserting into conversations the achievements of her children and grandchildren: academic degrees, careers, military rank, marriages, offspring, etc.
She took the same wholehearted approach to hobbies; she crocheted prolifically. Many in the family were recipients
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of her handiwork. She was an avid gardener; she gardened in every place she lived, from Tennessee, Texas, California, Hawaii, Guam and here in Washington. She produced vegetables for the family as necessary but indulged in flower gardens when she had the time and money.
She was a lifelong learner and immersed herself in one project after another. She had not had a chance to complete high school during the Depression, but with her 7 children almost raised, she returned to school. Her interests were wide and varied. She was justifiably proud of receiving her GED at 48. and LPN license at 50 and a PhD in Women’s Studies by 70. The topic of her PhD thesis was the contribution of pre-Christian goddess
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worship to Christian culture and tradition.
With her LPN license, Marie worked in local health care, especially at Roo-Lan Health care here in Lacey. She retired to raise 2 grandchildren, but later returned as a resident after suffering a brain hemorrhage in 1998. Marie’s family would like to thank the staff of Roo-Lan for the care and comfort they provided in her last 13 years.
Marie was blessed many times over in her life and at the end of her life was fortunate to still enjoy the rewards of a good life. The same brain injury that caused her physical suffering also blessed her with an inability to remember negative memories. She remembered only the positive. For the last 13
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years of her life, she never knew that her husband was dead and she could not remember any family discord. Yet, even in her 80’s she could still enjoy holding great-grandbabies.
Thank you for celebrating Marie’s life and passing by your coming to this website today.
Remembrance Messages
On 11th Mar 2012
Thomas Evans
wrote:
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
With deepest sympathy,
Tom & Lora Evans
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Marie Ethel Evans

Marie Ethel Evans (nee Koepp) died May 31, 2011 at 89 years of age. She had resided at Roo-Lan Health Care Center for the last 13 years, after a brain hemorrhage from which she never completely recovered. She was predeceased by one daughter, Elaine Hodges, and her husband of 45 years, William H. Evans. She is survived by 6 children, 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Marie Ethel was born in Seattle, Washington on November 7, 1921. When her family moved to Kent, Washington, she met and later married her childhood sweetheart. For the first 20 years of their marriage, she held the hardest job in the Navy – that of Navy wife. She moved with her husband whenever and wherever possible...

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