Alice Evelyn Evans

Alice Evelyn Evans, 98, of Midvale, Idaho, passed away Nov. 2, 2018 in Cambridge, Idaho.  
 A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at Midvale Baptist Church at  11 a.m.
 Evelyn was born to Victor and Clara Hopper of Midvale, Idaho on Aug. 4, 1920, the youngest of four children. She lived most of
her life in Midvale, except for her high school years when she lived with her Aunt Bessie Daley  in Portland. 
 She moved into Salubria Assisted Living in Cambridge in Dec. 2015 and remained there until her death.
 During her summer trips home from Portland, she began dating Elvin Evans, also a Midvale native. She graduated from Grant High School in Portland and she and Elvin were married in 1939.
 Their first home was in the Thousand Springs area south of Midvale for a short time, after which they moved to the Sage Creek area nearer town.  Four children were born to them.
 Evelyn was a homemaker and full-time mother.  She had a small job writing the Midvale column for the Upper Country News Reporter for many years.  It took her all day to phone everyone, write it down and then mail it to Cambridge.
 She attended Midvale Baptist Church nearly her entire life, helping with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She spent many years serving with the  womens’ missionary group.
 After her children were grown, Evelyn became a trained CNA and worked at the nursing home in Weiser for several years.  She was
named employee of the month. She loved her work and the people she worked with.
 When Midvale organized a TOPS  (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club, she joined and eventually, with the encouragement of all her friends, sometimes daily, she lost over 100 pounds, enough to qualify her as the Idaho TOPS Queen and won a free trip to Montreal, Canada to the TOPS International Convention.
 Her husband Elvin passed away in 1986. She sold her place on Sage Creek Road in 1997 to her son and moved to town, just across the street from her church. She was involved in local activities with her friends, whom she cherished. 
 Several widows formed the Lunch Bunch which met each month to celebrate current birthdays. They started out in the local café with Bobbi Marvin’s family serving and eventually began meeting  in the Baptist Church.
 She was one of a group of ladies who raised money to help local struggling families during job losses or other financial difficulties.
 Gardening and making presents occupied much of her time in her later years.  She crocheted, embroidered and did plastic canvas projects.
 Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Elvin, granddaughter Alice Gaarsoe, son-in-law Greg Gaarsoe,  brothers Howard and Cliff Hopper, and sister Glenys  Curts.
 She is survived by her four children, John and Kathi Evans of DesMoines, Wash., Steve and Bonnie Evans of Midvale, Idaho, Karen Gaarsoe of Kearns, Utah and Elly Evans of Boise;  nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
 Memorials may be made to the Midvale Volunteer Fire and EMS, P.O. Box 131, Midvale, ID 83645.

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