Ruth H. Evans

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Ruth Hanson Evans, 95, of Eldersburg, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at home.

Born June 20, 1918, on the family farm on Trimble Road in Edgewood, she was the daughter of the late Ethel Amelia Budnick Hanson, who died in the Spanish Flu Epidemic, and Emmord Hanson; and the step-daughter of the late Mary Magdalene Gross. She was the wife of Fulton Lambert Evans, who she married June 14, 1940, who died in October 1978.

When she started school she and her brother walked the unpaved Trimble Road to Edgewood and attended the three room school at Edgewood Arsenal. When they got through the main gate they got on a trolley that they called "the Tunerville Trolley."

She went to school there from the first to seventh grade. Beginning in the eighth grade she walked to Edgewood and took the train to Aberdeen, where she attended Aberdeen High School. She graduated with the Class of 1934 at the age of 16. She had skipped the third grade because she was advanced for her age and high schools only went to the 11th grade at that time so she was a young graduate.

She was interested in drama in high school and performed in the school play during her senior year. She was involved in the youth group, The Epworth League, at the Magnolia Methodist Church. She remained at home for two years waiting until she was old enough to attend nursing school. When she was 18, she enrolled at Maryland General School of Nursing in Baltimore and graduated with the Class of 1936.

She and her husband had five children. In the late 1970's, the couple bought an optical business in Westminster and renamed it Evans Opticians, and they later they opened another location in Ellicott City. While raising her family and taking care of their home, she handled all of the paperwork and bookkeeping for all the businesses and served as the secretary and treasurer of all the corporations.

When her husband became ill in 1977, she cared for him at their home until his death. She was the president of Evans Opticians until 1988.

She began volunteering at the Thrift Shop of Christian Services of Howard County in 1983 and she continued to be actively involved there until she was unable to drive. She moved to Eldersburg in 1997 to live with her daughter Rita and her family.

She enjoyed attending events involving her grandchildren; and enjoyed sending them letters while they attended college. She was often sought out to help with homework and studying, and was known to have an encouraging word for anyone who was struggling.

In 1996, she was nominated by her granddaughter, Anna Eder Sur, and recognized as the Maryland Grandparent of the Year by Caring Grandparents of America. She was a member of Elders Baptist Church in Eldersburg, was a former and founding member of the Howard County Garden Club, a former member of the Howard County Homemakers Club, and a founding and former member of the Normandy Heights Improvement Association. She was also a former member of Fulton Avenue Baptist Church, Shelborne Baptist Church, Rockland United Brethren Church and Bethany Lane Baptist Church.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting and working at the Thrift Shop. She enjoyed being outside, especially in the summer. She also liked keeping up with the news, flowers, birds, and her family.

She enjoyed laughing and a good joke or pun.

Surviving are children Ronald D. Evans and wife Lynn, of Frizzellburg, Roger H. Evans and wife Paula, of York, Pa., Peggy R. Pruitt and husband Richard, of Marriottsville, and Rita L. Evans Eder and husband Matthew, of Eldersburg; grandchildren Anna Eder Sur, Matthew Eder Jr., Angela Eder McKeever, Laura K. Eder, Joseph Fulton Eder, Whitney J. Evans, Stuart D. Evans, Wendy Evans Harrison, and Julie Evans Pope; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by brothers Herman and E. Edwin Hanson; a sister, Leah Hanson; a son, Fulton Lamber Evans Jr.; and a granddaughter, Suzanne Renee Evans.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Ellicott City.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Christian Services of Howard County, 3267 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 17, 2013
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