SPENCERVILLE — At the age of 103, Doris U. Evans died at 1:45 am on May 6, 2014, at Roselawn Manor in Spencerville, OH. She was born June 15, 1910 in Waltham, Massachusetts. Her parents were J. Archie and Gertrude L. Utting. On June 2, 1934, she married Wilmot Miller Evans in Watertown, MA. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage before he died September 14, 1991.
Doris was proud to be a registered nurse. She graduated from New England Deaconess Hospital and Simmons College in 1931. Prior to marriage, she worked as a private duty nurse in the Boston area. After moving to Lima, she volunteered with the Child Conservation League, the Visiting Nurse Association, and a founding member of the Lima Art Association. In the mid 1950s Doris began working with tuberculosis patients at Ottawa Valley Hospital and in the nursery and pediatrics at Lima Memorial Hospital. She retired in 1970. For over 19 years, Wil and Doris became snowbirds in Florida during the winter months. Doris enjoyed painting with oils and acrylics, swimming, walking the beaches, playing shuffle board and volunteering in the local hospital.
Doris and Wil raised three daughters and a son: Joan E. Johnson of Amherst, MA; Wilma E. Lashley of Hampstead, NC; Dr. David L. Evans (and his wife, Susan) of Lexington, SC; Carol E. Darbyshire of Lima, OH. Her 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren (one deceased) (one on the way) are scattered across the US. She always loved visits and hearing of their activities. She was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara U. Richner.
She encouraged her children to enjoy music and art, to value and appreciate nature and the environment as well as to lead a life of adventure.
Visitation at Shawnee Community United Methodist Church will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 10 am.
Services will begin at 11 am. The officiating pastor is Reverend Bryan Bucher. Funeral arrangements have been made through CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES SHAWNEE CHAPEL.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shawnee Community United Methodist Church or to a
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