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Gena Lee Evans


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Gena Lee Evans Obituary
On November 7, 1932, in Grant Ward, Idaho, a brown-eyed black haired girl completed the family of James Lee and Mary Salverson Burrup. Gena Lee joined Gladys, Nona, Fern, Ray, Holt, Ross, Gayle and Max on a modest farm in the Downey area of southeastern Idaho. The deaths of brother, Reed, and sister, June, preceded her birth. It was in this pastoral environment that she acquired the character that made her a part of The Greatest Generation.
Sometime in 1948, a "real cute" guy named Merrill Evans called the bashful teenager for a date. She initially refused, but Gayle convinced her to reconsider. Thus began a courtship that would flourish into an eternal companionship. Merrill was so crazy about Gena Lee that he often walked many miles across the valley in subzero weather to see her. Upon their graduation from Downey High School, he bypassed a promising football career to follow her to Salt Lake City. Their love was sealed forever in the Salt Lake City Temple on October 12, 1951. Their earthly marriage lasted sixty-four years.
In 1956, C. Merrill and Gena settled in Ashton, Idaho, where they raised their five children. Gena worked at the Idaho Bank of Commerce in Ashton which was the beginning of her thirty-five year career. In 1979, they relocated to Blackfoot, Idaho.
Gena Lee served the Lord and her fellowman with quiet devotion and love unfeigned. She maintained a genuine testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2000, she and Merrill served a mission to Liberty Jail in the Independence, Missouri, Mission. She overcame shyness as she testified to the public of the revelations in that sacred structure.
Gena Lee died on March 8, 2018 in Oakley, Idaho. After suffering in loneliness for two years, she happily joined her beloved husband, parents, and all ten of her siblings. She is survived by her children, Douglas M. (Vicki), Kurt B., Diane (Gary) Spackman, Michael L. (Nancy), and Karen Lee Critchfield. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Shaun Critchfield. Part of her legacy is her posterity, including twenty grandchildren and TBD great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Downey, Idaho, chapel. Condolences may be shared at morrisonpayne.com
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 29, 2018
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