Mary Lou Evans

December 20, 1939 ‒ December 18, 2020

Galion, Ohio

 After nearly 81 years of being surrounded by love, laughter, friends, and family, Mary Louise (Joseph) Evans died on December 18, 2020.

Mary Lou was born on December 20, 1939, and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, by her loving parents, George and Gladys (Burkhart) Joseph. She and the love of her life for 62 years, Donald Matthew Evans, ended up in Galion, Ohio, to raise their six children.

Mary Lou was a Tyger of Mansfield Senior High School where she graduated in 1957. She went on to complete one year of nursing school before making the decision to be the best homemaker, mother, and wife that ever lived.

Shortly after her wedding vows, she took a vow to be a devout Catholic, the faith of her husband. The two of them stood strong in faith and raised all six children with values and ethics that unified the family and created a deep bond. They were proud members of St. Joseph’s Church and loved their church family.

Those who knew Mary Lou described her as kind, compassionate, friendly, and loving with a twinkle in her eye and a bright smile. Those who REALLY knew Mary Lou knew her fun-loving nature, her competitiveness, sass, stubbornness, and ability to make every person she would meet feel like immediate family.

She was close with each of her grandchildren and made every one of them feel special and loved. She supported every activity, sporting event, special occasion, and milestone and captured them in photos. She lived to support those she loved and documented every moment in pictures. The photos she has taken through the years are now cherished snapshots of her love.

When Mary Lou was not attending her grandchildren’s events, she loved to spend time at Lake Erie, and being surrounded by friends and family. She also enjoyed traveling and had visited every state but Alaska. She was also a member of a Euchre Club with dear friends for over 50 years and enjoyed those monthly showdowns and visits with club members.

She is preceded in death by her fourth child, Scott C. Evans, her father and mother. She is survived by her devoted husband, Donald M. Evans; five children, Cheryl (Stephen) Proctor, Michael (Molly), Keith (Kristie), Neil (Donna), Nikki (Buck) Workman; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many other friends that she called “family”.  Mary Lou was an only child but had several “sisters of the heart” including Sandy Simms, Miriam Heydinger, Carol Wright, and Kathy Erlsten.

The family will gather for a private, graveside service in the near future and hope to have a GIANT celebration of Mary Lou’s life once it is safe to do so. The details of said celebration will be posted on the Facebook pages of her children and also on the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or  the Pancreatic Research Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Mary Lou Evans, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • Hugs and prayers for all. She certainly was a gem to all who knew and loved her! ❤️🙏🏻❤️So very sorry for your loss. The DiTullio Family

  • I am so sorry for your great loss. Louie was such an amazing person and will be missed by all of those she touched. Her smile and personality could light up any atmosphere and her thoughtfulness expanded to all that she knew. I always loved when I’d get a newspaper clipping in the mail from Louie with a little note. She was one in a million, we know her legacy will live on.
    Much Love,
    Amy Henry Rodocker

  • Nikki and Cheryl, though I never met your mom, I felt like a I knew her through your loving stories about her. She must have been such a great mom and I believe she taught you both how to be great moms! I am praying that God will hold your family in his palm, blessing you with assurance, joy, and peace as you celebrate your dear mom’s life.

  • To all of the children and Husband, Don; we are so very sorry for your loss of Mary Lou. You all are like a second family to us and we love you dearly. Many Hugs from Sally, Danny, Derek, Jessica, Daniel and Hayley.💜

  • Evans Family…
    Our hearts ache with each of you. Mary Lou was a true gem. She always had a smile and a kind word. Hold close each other and your great memories spent with “Louie”. She truly has left a great legacy with each of you.

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

  • Heartfelt condolences to all of the Evans family. She had the sweetest smile, and she did indeed have a twinkle in her eye. Prayers for comfort at this difficult time.

  • We are very sorry for your family’s loss. You are in our prayers. God bless and comfort you.

  • To the entire Evans Family,
    We are so sorry to hear this news, Mary Lou was a bright light to everyone she met. I never saw her without that lovely smile on her face. So many good memories over the years. Rise up sweet angel. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Carol and Charlie Clark

  • My thoughts and prayers are with your family! She was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed.

  • Dear Evans family, Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. It was our honor to have known Mary Lou and our world has definitely lost a vibrant and caring person and she will be missed. It was always fun to be in her presence and we will miss sitting with her and Don at the ballgames. Know that all you kids will go on with her spirit in you and you and Don have such beautiful memories to last your lifetimes. Sincerely, Jim and Nila Boals

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you.

  • Don and families,
    So very sorry to see this!
    So very hard to lose a loved one but especially now when you can’t truly celebrate her heavenly entrance!
    Prayers that your many wonderful memories of her bring you much comfort
    in the days ahead!
    Rob & Louann Steiner

  • Mary Lou was a sweet loving, gentle woman. I will miss her. She in Don played and important part in our lives especially in the 70’s and 80’s. Don and Al met many mornings at Mo’s for breakfast and Mary Lou helped with retreats at St. Joe and with school activities while her kids were there.
    She will be greatly missed by us and many others.

  • So sorry for your huge loss! May perpetual light shine upon her and may she Rest in Eternal Peace!
    Ric and Kathi Biglin

  • Always so friendly, happy and with a warm greeting smile. Don’t be afraid to laugh, cry and be happy as her spirit is alive in all who love her. She’s not really gone, she’s an angel among us. Prayers for her family.

  • Heartfelt condolences to you all!!This is a beautiful tribute to Mary Lou!! I will treasure my memories of her..Prayers of comfort.
    Norma Irwin Davis

  • So sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady to see smile and visit with. I know my aunt will miss her dearly. god Bless all. Ray & Mary

  • Louie was such a special lady. A smile that would light up any room. She will be dearly missed but our memories will be there for a life time. May God Bless all of the Evans family and know our prayers are with you all. Jean W.

  • So sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. Louie was a wonderful, funny lady, loving everyone she met!! Scott and Tammy Hart

  • Our deepest sympathy’s to Uncle Don and the entire family. Marylou always greeted everyone with her beautiful smile and love and hugs, She was always my sweet Aunt Mary Lou and it is heart breaking that she will not be there any more. I know she is with her (our) loved ones now and is always in our hearts. She will be greatly missed but I know too she is going to still be with each and every one of us in our hearts, memories and mostly Don and her family. We LOVE AND MISS HER FOREVER. It is so hard for all of you now and just not fair she was taken to soon but if she is happy and peaceful and in no pain then she is where she needs to be . God Bless to the family and love and hugs to my precious Uncle Don