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HAMPTON - Elizabeth Gordon Ash Evans ("Betty"), beloved mother, grandmother, and founder of Northampton Dance Studios, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the age of 90. Mrs. Evans was born on September 20, 1924 to Everett and Charmye Ash in Richmond, VA. During her school years young Elizabeth studied classical dance, which she always referred to as her "first love". Her passion for the art caused her to pursue a career as a dance instructor with studios in Virginia, Florida, and California, where she had the privilege of studying under the Christensen Brothers at the San Francisco Ballet. Upon returning to the east coast, Elizabeth met Oral B. Evans Sr. (Captain, U.S. Army - deceased) and the two were married six months later. As an Army officer's wife Mrs. Evans traveled around the world, living in France, Germany, and eventually Okinawa, where she had the distinction of opening the first U.S. Army sponsored school of dance in the country. Her husband's transfer to Ft. Eustis, VA and eventual retirement allowed the family to plant roots in Hampton Roads in the mid-1950's. Mrs. Evans was a self-described "type A" personality whose love for children and talent for teaching led her to found Northampton Dance Studios in 1956. Her small family business eventually grew to two locations and served thousands of area families over the course of six decades, and continues to thrive today. In addition to her pioneering role as a local female entrepreneur, Mrs. Evans held leadership positions in multiple civic organizations, including having served four terms as President of the Peninsula Chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Mrs. Evans will be remembered as a staple of the community for her positive impact on the lives of multiple generations of students on the Peninsula. Mrs. Evans continued to teach into her upper 80's and when asked about retirement she would respond "Retire? Never. It's not work!" Elizabeth G. Evans is survived by daughter Debbi Evans Davidson of Newport News; son Gordon E. Evans of Burke, VA (U.S. Army - retired); six grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is reunited in Heaven with her husband and her son Oral B. "Terry" Evans Jr. (U.S. Army - deceased). A funeral service will be held at 6 PM Monday, April 13, 2015 at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home in Newport News. The family will receive friends after the service until 7:30 PM. She will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Press on Apr. 12, 2015
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