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Elizabeth Asip Evans
Elizabeth Asip Evans, a loving mother, wife, sister and aunt, and a great friend to many, died in her sleep after a vigorous battle with AML, an aggressive form of leukemia. She was 57.
Elizabeth was born in St. Louis and raised in the New York City suburb of Baldwin, NY, where she and her brother lived with their parents, Mary and Joseph Asip. She graduated from Maria Regina High School in 1973 and headed west to attend Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated from Bradley in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Business, focusing on operations research and finance. In her three years at Bradley Elizabeth was active in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta and its Scholar's Colloquium, and was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society. She later was named to the national advisory board of Bradley's Foster College of Business Administration and to Bradley's Centurion Society, honoring outstanding Bradley alumni for their career achievements.
Continuing her journey westward, Elizabeth completed her MBA in 1978 at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, concentrating in Finance and Marketing. It was at UCLA Anderson that Elizabeth met her husband of 34 years, David.
After graduation Elizabeth and David moved north, where her career path was meteoric. As a young banker with Crocker Bank and Wells Fargo Bank she was recognized as having very high potential. She coupled that potential with achievement, and over a twenty year career she rose to the level of Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo, before retiring in 1997 to spend more time with her children Brian and Grant, to further her charitable and philanthropic work.... and to have fun with her family and friends!
In her postretirement years, Elizabeth was on the board of St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School in San Mateo and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. She never lost the desire to participate with and support people who aspired to success in their chosen fields. Elizabeth was a Guest Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, enjoying interacting with first-year graduate students to help shape their academic experience, and was a Principal in the consulting firm of DupontEvans, coaching CEOs and their teams to achieve higher operating and strategic success.
Elizabeth is survived by her loving husband, David, her beloved son Grant, her brother Michael and former sister-in-law Sharon, her nephew Colin, and her nieces Stephanie, Melissa and Emily. She was predeceased by her son Brian in 2006.
A celebration of Elizabeth's life will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday October 18 at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew, 1 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402.
In lieu of flowers, Elizabeth requested that donations be made to the Brian Evans Learning Disabilities Assistance Fund at Northeastern University, 716 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02120, or to the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyons Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 (on the web at www.exploratorium.edu).

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14, 2012
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