Gertrude C. Evans

December 05, 1925 ‒ April 24, 2009

Chaska, MN and Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD~ Former Mansfield resident Gertrude C. Evans, 83, passed away Friday, April 24, 2009 in Park Nicolett Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, following a long illness.

She was born December 5, 1925 in Charleston, West Virginia to Ronald and Ada (Miller) Williams, and her family relocated to Central Ohio when Gertrude was a teenager. She was graduated from Columbus South High School in 1945.

She met Andrew Evans, one of her mother’s laundry clients, and on January 30, 1947 they were married Columbus. They remained Columbus residents most of their lives, where Gertrude was active in bowling leagues, and seasonally worked in retail stores.

They moved to Euless, Texas in the mid-80s before moving to New Port Richey, Florida. In both Texas and Florida Gertrude worked as a laundress with senior residence homes.

She returned to Ohio and moved to Mansfield in 1992. On December 22, 1992 her husband Andrew passed away.

An avid reader, Gertrude enjoyed a good mystery ~ especially the writings of Mary Higgins Clark. She looked forward to a night out of live theater, and annually held season tickets to the former Kenley Players. In 1999 she appeared in the OSU-Mansfield theatre production of the drama “All the Way Home.”

While living in Mansfield, she was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church and United Methodist Church of the Cross and was active with Lexington Senior Citizens. In 2005 she moved with family members to the Minneapolis area, where she was a member of Eden Prairie United Methodist Church.

Remembered for her pleasant personality and affable laugh, Gertrude had a private side, but was so appreciated by friends for her warm persona and sense of humor.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Marlene & Jason McCord of Topeka, KS; sons and daughters-in-law Larry J. & the Rev. Linda Evans of Chaska, MN, Steve & Judy Evans, Paul & Jackie Evans and Lance & Kathy Evans all of Columbus, Mike & Patsy Evans of Arlington, TX; 13 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son Mark Evans; a sister Lunetta Moore and brothers Russell Williams and James Williams.

The Evans Family will receive friends Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. Her daughter-in-law the Rev. Linda Evans will speak. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eden Prairie United Methodist Church Music & Fine Arts Program, 15050 Scenic Heights Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

Online condolences may be made to the Evans Family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com