Evelyn Lee Pickett Dale
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BOULDER, CO - Services will be held at a later date for Evelyn Lee Pickett Dale of Boulder, Colorado. Evelyn Lee Pickett Dale 53 passed away Thursday morning after a courageous 18 year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, the love of her life, Richard Palmer-Smith, her beloved son Ryder S. Dale, her brother Charles L. "Chip" Pickett III of Anthem, AZ, her mother, Joy Watson of Natchez, Miss, her father and her stepmother Chuck & Gail Pickett of Lafayette, La. , Uncle and Aunt David and Ginger Pickett of Plano, Texas, and an Aunt Mary Louise Pickett of Minden, La., her in-laws, Reverend Bryan & Marie Palmer-Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana and several cousin's and nieces and nephews. Evelyn Lee was born Oct 17, 1960 in Natchez, Miss. Evelyn grew up in the Louisiana bayou country in Bayou Vista near Morgan City, Louisiana. She attended school in Bayou Vista and Berwick and graduated from Berwick High School. Evelyn had many adventures in the bayou country. She was a beauty queen when she was only 11 and was in several parades. In high school she was a pep squad leader, softball player and school beauty. One summer she even worked several weeks out in the Gulf of Mexico on a real shrimp boat along with several of her friends. She fished the bayous with her dad and brother many times. After graduation from high school, Evelyn moved to Boulder, Colorado where she attended Colorado University. Later, she worked in the hi tech industry at Storage Tech, Mini Scribe and other hi tech companies. She married in 1990 and had one son Ryder who will soon graduate from CU. When she arrived in Boulder Evelyn became a well know sportswoman. Her adventures continued as she became a high mountain hiker and climbed many Colorado 14ers. She rode and piloted a glider, rode a hot air balloon, became a runner and mountain bike rider. Evelyn was a good skier and was unbeatable at cross country skiing and snow shoeing. In addition to all this, she was a gourmet cook. Her trademark was showing up at Ryder's school or business she dealt with or parties or friend's houses with a pan of her famous brownies. Even after getting breast cancer 18 years ago, she still continued her outdoor activities as if she didn't even have the disease. She never missed a beat. To defeat breast cancer, she became an expert on nutrition and exercise. She became a certified nutritionist and a certified personal trainer. She was a familiar site running or hiking the trails of the Boulder Front Range with her little dog Stanley. She ran the trails in an around Boulder for 36 years usually in her signature black running suit. The beautiful women with her blond hair flying in the wind. No matter the weather, she was out on the trails. Another of her favorite things to do was to go to concerts put on by the band "Wide Spread Panic". She was a big fan and became friends with the band members. Evelyn lived dynamic and most interesting life. Thursday morning, she left for heaven with a pan of brownies.
Published in the The Advertiser on Dec. 15, 2013