Mary Jane EVANS

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EVANS Mary Jane Mary Jane Evans, age 96, of Findlay, Ohio died at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Birchaven Retirement Village in Findlay. She was born on May 16, 1914 in Holgate, Ohio to Clarence Eugene and Tillie Margaret Voigt Richholt. Mary Jane graduated from Holgate High School and attended Los Angeles Junior College for one year before entering nurse's training at Highland School of Nursing, Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, California, from which she received her R.N. degree in 1936. This was followed by post-graduate training in obstetrics at Chicago Lying-in Hospital and pediatrics at Chicago Memorial Hospital. She practiced nursing at Barnes Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and then for four years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. On September 20, 1942, Mary Jane married Dr. Charles Howard Evans, Jr., who was a fellowship recipient and resident surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. In 1945, Dr. and Mrs. Evans moved to Findlay, Ohio, where Dr. Evans set up practice in surgery and later established the Findlay Clinic, where he practiced until 1995. Dr. and Mrs. Evans were married for sixty-one years. He preceded her in death in 2003 at age 90. Mrs. Evans moved to Birchaven Retirement Village when it opened in 2003 and resided there until her death. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church for her entire life in Findlay, participating in the church's Character Builders Class, Jean Allen Circle, and Stephen's Ministry. She was also a member of the Blanchard Valley Hospital Women's Auxiliary for many years and the Child Conservation League. Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by a brother. Surviving are a daughter, Madelyn Jeanne Evans of Washington, D.C., and a son, Charles Howard Evans III of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Deborah Ann Evans and Kristen Ann Evans, both of New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as a great granddaughter, Gianna Eve Furnari of New Orleans. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Birchaven Village Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. with Chaplain Mike Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 2330 South Main Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Online condolences may be made to: www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com

Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 21, 2011
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