Wilma Jane Evans

Member First Presbyterian, PEO

Wilma Jane Evans, 92, died on Jan. 24, 2020 at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park. Born on a farm near Fredericktown, Ohio, she attended a one-room schoolhouse for three years before entering Fredericktown Grade School and High School, from which she graduated in 1945. She attended Manchester College in Indiana, majored in business, and later worked as a private secretary and floral designer. 

She married Lt. Charles R. Evans, U.S. Navy, in 1951. He was in the home appliance business, and the couple lived in Norfolk, Virginia; Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Troy, Ohio; and Stevensville, Michigan. After his death in 2007, she moved to the Holley Court Retirement Community. A member of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest and the PEO sisterhood, her hobbies were gardening, floral designing, bridge, Scrabble, and reading. She was very proud of her family and loved by everyone who knew her. 

Wilma Evans is survived by Mark (Rebecca), Robert, Giselle, Margaret, Nancy Bell (Gordon), Marjory, Evan, Adam, Dr. John Evans (Karla), Jake, Logan and Aria, her five children and seven grandchildren. 

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of River Forest or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. A celebration of her life was held at Firs

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