Marguerite Evans

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Evans, Marguerite
Marguerite Megaw Evans, 96, of Greenwich, CT., passed away peacefully, on Saturday, January 19, 2013 with her family by her side. Born in Brooklyn, New York on January 4, 1917, she was the older of two daughters of William Francis and Marguerite (Loughran) Straukamp. Marguerite graduated from the Packer Collegiate Institute and in 1939 from Trinity College in Washington, DC. In 1942, Marguerite married Henry Wallum Megaw. They had seven children, raising them in Greenwich, CT. She was a member of the Junior League of Greenwich, the Belle Haven Club and a member of the board of Greenwich Health. Her husband, retired from Shell Oil, died in 1974. Marguerite received a Masters in Teaching from Manhattanville and became the well-respected Chair of the English Dept. at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich. In 1981, she married Robert Evans, formerly of Brooklyn, and moved to Carmel, CA. Her volunteer work there included years of service at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula where she became President of the 700+ member Auxiliary. In her honor, Bob established an ongoing Nurse of the Year Award at the hospital. Marguerite was also an active member of the Carmelite Monastery community where she was a member of the Order of Carmelite Discalced Secular chapter, a Director of Formation, and on their council. She was also a board member of the Carmel Foundation. After Bob's death in 2008, Marguerite returned to the East Coast to live with her six surviving children: David Megaw of Glastonbury, CT, Heather Murphy and her husband, Al, of Radnor, PA, Jane Nyce and her husband Jim, of Wilton, CT, John Megaw and his wife, Meredith, of Riverdale, NY, Marie Rubino and her husband, Vincent of Riverside, CT, and Mark Megaw and his wife, Karyl-Leigh of Wayne, PA. Survivors also include 15 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Marguerite was predeceased by a daughter, Anne, and a daughter-in-law, Hilda, as well as her sister, Marie Cooke of Louisville, KY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, CT with burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Greenwich. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Carmelite Monastery of Carmel at 27601 Highway One, Carmel, CA 93923 or Staying Put in New Canaan at 58 Pine Street, New Canaan, CT 06840.

Published in GreenwichTime on Jan. 23, 2013