Imogene Sachse Watson Evans

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Evans, Imogene Sachse Watson Imogene Sachse Watson Evans, 88, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 22, 2010. Gene was born on March 31, 1922, in Dallas, Texas. She was the daughter of Herbert C. Watson and Birdie Beatrice Sachse Watson and the great granddaughter of William Sachse, founder of Sachse, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Evelyn Dulaney and husband, Richard, and her husband, Jack W. Evans, former mayor of Dallas. She is survived by her sons-Jack W. Evans, Jr. and wife, Mary; Roy Gene Evans and wife, Pame; and Craig Evans and wife, Janet; grandchildren-Abby Ray, Colby Evans, Chase Evans, Shay Sides, Clay Evans, Cole Evans and Lane Evans; and eleven great grandchildren. Gene is also survived by sisters Mae Ella Spiva and husband, Frank, and Janice Cullum and husband, George, three nieces and six nephews. Gene was a varsity cheerleader at Woodrow Wilson High School where she met her future husband, Jack, before graduating in 1940. She and Jack married in 1942 and celebrated 55 years of marriage before his death in 1997. Gene, together with Jack, raised three active and involved sons. She loved spending time outdoors, riding horses, gardening, swimming and serving as a Cub Scout mom. She was an eight time champion golfer, making four holes-in-one, at Lakewood Country Club. Through the years, Gene graciously gave of her resources with a servant's heart. She was a long time member of the East Dallas Exchange Club, assisting children and senior citizens. She provided numerous hours of service to Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center and Buckner's Children's Home. As a Pink Lady at Presbyterian Hospital, she brought smiles to many when she delivered flowers, books or just a cheerful greeting. Gene was also actively involved in church and was a member of Waterview Church of Christ. She directed the nursery department at Lake Highlands Church of Christ, taught Bible School at Skillman Church of Christ, and was a speaker/participant in the Ladies' Bible Study at Waterview Church of Christ. Gene loved to read her Bible and began each day in devotion, prayer and reflection on scripture. Gene was an avid supporter of Jack and his involvement in the city of Dallas and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Those who knew Gene know that she was a strong woman with great faith, integrity, character and keen wit. She was bold in her beliefs and stood firmly on God's promises. She loved her family dearly and made each member-from oldest to youngest-feel special in his or her own way. She was a friend and supporter to many, often enacting gestures of kindness from behind the scenes with no recognition. Though we will dearly miss our Mama Gene, we rejoice and celebrate her arrival in to the Heavenly Kingdom a place she truly looked forward to entering. Visitation will be at Sparkman/Hillcrest on Friday, July 23, 2010, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Waterview Church of Christ, 1409 N. Waterview, Richardson, Texas , on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., preceded by a private burial service at Sachse Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clay Evans, Cole Evans, Colby Evans, Chase Evans, Craig Ray and Jack Sides. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jack Evans Sides, Elliot Wilson Evans, Archer Cash Ray, Jack Quincy Evans, James Malcolm Evans, and Caden Myers Evans. The family wishes to thank Jean Cullum Blum for the constant care and companionship that she has provided to her Aunt Gene. Memorials may be made to: The Oglesby Foundation, c/o Waterview Church of Christ, 1409 N. Waterview, Richardson, Texas 75080; Dallas Blue Foundation, 8214 Westchester, Ste. 850, Dallas, Texas 75225; or The Salesmanship Club of Dallas, 400 S. Zang Blvd., Ste. 700, Dallas, Texas 75208.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on July 23, 2010
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