She was the daughter of Wilbur and Pearl Flora of Boones Mill, VA and the wife of Bruce A. Evans, MD who preceded her in death.
The mother of Andy Evans, Karen Lee Ellis and with numerous family, she was known as “Mother” or “Aunt Bev,” or simply “Mom.”
We live by her example and she is sorely missed.
Bev was born on a farm in southwest Virginia in a house that still stands today, with a porch swing overlooking a gravel road that leads to a milk barn, in the summer of 1918.
She grew up in Roanoke and graduated high school in Boones Mill, where her many friends - because of her small size - called her, “little bit.”
She was fun to be with and everybody liked her.
She attended Roanoke Business College and upon graduation, took a job in what was then “the War Department.”
Housing was limited in Washington, DC and she met her future husband at Mrs. Wilson’s boarding house on ‘K’ Street.
Bruce was in the Army, attending medical school at George Washington University, and she told us he had to give up his room for her and go live with a roommate.
They were married in 1944 and moved to Spokane, where Bruce completed his internship and residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1948.
For recreation they spent time driving the back roads of Spokane County.
When Bev worked in the War Department she read maps, helping navigators and pilots plot targets over Germany.
Bruce liked to drive and Bev was good with directions.
She delighted in the numerous occasions where she could tell her husband “where to go!”
Bev was baptized in Virginia, Church of the Brethren, knew many of the old practices and could sing hymns by heart.
After joining Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in 1953, she served as a Deacon, Elder and Sunday school teacher.
But her favorite activity was a group she and Bruce helped start called, “The Sunday Nighter’s.”
It was the ‘Fifties’, and following Korea (when Bruce was called once again to serve), and everyone was tired of war, they gathered together in fellowship and to have a little fun.
She was good at games, played bridge and had, “good card sense.”
She reveled as much when she brought home the “penny pot” (bad cards of course) as she did when she won; giving each win or loss, equal merit.
She was a good sport.
Though separated by time and distance, Bevoline never forgot her southern roots, retaining old-fashioned virtues of love for family and friends, caring and comfort for those in need, a deep respect and love of country, trusting always her faith in God and the blessings she received.
She is in His Hands now and we miss her very much.
A Memorial Service will be held August 3, 2014, at 12:00 noon, at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, recognition and contributions may be given to Emmanuel, Volunteers of America or the American Red Cross.
The family wishes to thank and express appreciation for the loving care Bev received during her time in the Courtyard at Rockwood Retirement Community, South Hill.