Marjorie Evans

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Evans, Marjorie
passed away on June 11, 2013. She is dearly missed by all who knew her. Marjorie's father (Perry Hisken) and mother (Mabel Harris) met and married in Shanghai, China. Her father was a purser on the Pacific Orient Steamship Lines, while her mother worked as a secretary at the American School in Shanghai. Marjorie was conceived in Shanghai ("Made in China") and born in Brooklyn, NY on November 28, 1923. Her parents settled in Seattle where she grew up. Marjorie graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle, attended the University of Washington and State College of Washington at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington where she received her nursing degree. She married Lt. Lawrence J. Evans, December 23, 1944. Larry's career in the Army continued through 1968, when they moved to Tempe, Arizona. There she earned her Master's degree from ASU. As an Army wife, she traveled the deserts of Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Kuwait while living in Lebanon and Jordan. She wasn't able to join on assignments in Saudi Arabia and Germany, taking the children instead to stay at her father's farm in Mount Vernon, Washington. Larry's other assignments took her to California, North Carolina, France, and England. During her life, Marjorie raised four children. She volunteered regularly at the Friendship Village Health Center, was a docent at the Arizona State University Art Museum and worked as a volunteer at the Art Museum Gift Shop for many years. Marjorie was a long time member of the congregation of St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Tempe. In later years, Marjorie was able to travel to China and Africa where her warm heart transcended international barriers. Marjorie moved to Friendship Village in 2008. Marjorie has a kind word and a hug for everyone she encountered. Her sparkling eyes and beautiful smile were a delight to behold. Marjorie is survived by her sister, Helen (Hisken) Brockdorff of Rochester, New York, and children, Daryl (Evans) Kleweno of Washington, Richard Evans of California, Shirley Evans of Alaska, and Donald Evans of Texas. In addition, she is survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her brother, Perry C. Hisken, Jr., and husband, Lawrence Jack Evans, Jr. predeceased her. Marjorie will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, alongside her husband at a later date. A Memorial Service will be held at Friendship Village Skirm Auditorium on July 13, 2013 at 2:00 in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Arc of Tempe, (www.tempearc.org), P.O. Box 26014, Tempe, AZ 85285. Arrangements are entrusted to Carr-Tenney Mortuary, Tempe, you may visit www.carrtenneymortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on June 30, 2013
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