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Martha Troupe Evans

Black Mountain - 87, entered into life eternal on Friday, June 24, from her home at Highland Farms in Black Mt., NC.

Martha was born in Freemont, OH, to John Franklin Troupe and Alma Sandal Troupe. Martha, her older sister Kay, and parents lived in St. Louis, Pittsburg, PA., and Telford, PA, where her father served Presbyterian pastorates. She graduated from Beaver College (now Arcadia College), Glenside, PA, in 1944, with a B.A. in Art and a minor in French. Martha taught art for three years at Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown, NJ.

She met her husband, B. Hoyt Evans at Princeton Seminary, where her sister was in the first class of Christian Educators. Martha and Hoyt married in June, 1947, and served pastorates in Franklin, NC (First Presbyterian), Gastonia, NC (Union Presbyterian); Huntersville, NC (Hopewell Presbyterian); Asheville, NC (Westminster Presbyterian).

Martha was a talented painter, potter and print-maker. She earned an M.A. in Art, with emphasis in print-making, from East Tennessee State University in 1978. She taught art (and French) at Reynolds High School, Asheville, NC, from 1970-74, and at Montreat College (1975-81).

Martha taught Sunday school, junior choir, and adult Bible studies. She was a budget gourmet cook, loved singing and was an advanced whistler. Martha's greatest fulfillment came from serving with her husband in church work, raising five daughters, being a grandmother and great-grandmother--and from inspiring a love of art, and affirming and learning from her students through the years. Martha's love of God was expressed through daily appreciation for and service to others. She was a joyful, intelligent, beautiful person.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hoyt, her daughter Ruth Evans, and nieces, Becky Healey and Judy Healey. She is survived by her sister Kay Healey, Canton, NC; daughters, Alma Fisher (Mark), Enka, Mary Kats (George), Asheville,; Ellen McClintock (Dave), Black Mt.; Esther Gregg (Bill), Charlotte, ; and grandchildren, John Fisher (Eastern NC), Lee Fisher Schlenker (Mike) Asheville; Bonnie McNair, Charlotte; Anna McClintock, Raleigh,; Corey McClintock, Black Mt.; Rachel Gregg Palmer (Josh), Charlotte; and Celeste Gregg Wright (Josh), York, SC; great-grandson, Ryan Wright, York, ; and nieces Carolyn Healey DeGrove (Andy), Sylva; Marcie Healey Justice (Robert), Hendersonville, and seven great-nieces and nephews.

Martha's life will be celebrated at Memorial Service at Black Mt. Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 3.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 26, 2011
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