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Ruth Ethel Hubbard Evans

1926 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
POQUOSON - Ruth Ethel Hubbard Evans died Thursday, January 25, 2018. Ruth had a strong, kind heart and a calm, gentle soul. She enriched the lives of those who knew her. Ruth was born November 11, 1926 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, to Travis Hubbard and Mary Clark Hubbard, who predeceased her. She grew up on the family farm. Highlights of her youth include a 4H State medal for sewing, and the award of a $25 war savings bond for an essay, "Food for Fighters." She attended Worsham High School, graduating valedictorian of her class in 1944. Ruth left home for Richmond, Virginia, to attend The Stuart Circle Hospital Training School for Nurses in the Cadet Nurse Corps, graduating with distinction in 1947. She then worked at Stuart Circle Hospital and later as an operating nurse for a neurosurgeon at the Medical College of Virginia. Ruth met Cecil Franklin Evans, Jr., the love of her life, through a nursing school classmate, Ann Carmines, who was also Cecil's cousin. They married in 1949. Ruth supported Cecil through medical school and through life. Cecil adored and fiercely loved Ruth, and after he died in 2001, she missed him for her remaining years. Ruth Evans had five children: Bronwyn Ruth, Nancy Cecilia Clark, Ann Saunders, Gwyneth Lee Hubbard and Tegwyn Mary Winder. She created a busy family life of Sunday school, piano lessons, Girl Scouts, dance lessons and regular visits 'up home' to her parents' farm for her girls. She taught them to sew and cook, to plant, tend and harvest flowers and vegetables, and to can food and make pickles. Most importantly, she taught them to always care for one another and to contribute to society. Ruth made many contributions to her community in Newport News, Virginia. She volunteered for decades in the nursery at First United Methodist Church, where any crying baby she picked up was immediately calmed. She led a chapter of the Future Nurses of America at Warwick High School, inspiring many young women, including her daughter Nancy, to become nurses. She was the leader of Girl Scout Troop 156, guiding many girls though badges in everything from sewing to fire-building. Her daughters loved going with her to deliver her annual contribution of doll clothes to the Patrick Henry Nursing Home fundraising fall festival. A life-long learner, Ruth took classes in drawing, Chinese cooking, flower-arranging, woodworking and more. She could handle most any minor household repair, change a tire, and even once rebuilt the washing machine. She designed and made wedding gowns for Bronwyn, Gwyneth and Tegwyn. Ruth was happiest outdoors. She planned many family camping, fishing and sightseeing trips, as well as the annual vacation to the beach in Nags Head, North Carolina. And although she was a farm girl, she always bested Cecil, who grew up on the water, in catching flounder and raking clams. After Cecil retired in 1991, they spent many contented days tending a large vegetable garden. After her husband's death, her daughter Tegwyn was fortunate to live with and help care for Ruth before she sold the family home and moved to Bronwyn's home in Poquoson. It is a testament to Ruth's loving power that all five of her daughters eventually moved to Poquoson to be with her. Ruth is survived by her daughters and Ann's husband, her son-in-law Richard Allan Byles, who was especially devoted to her. She also leaves her grandchildren, Evan Roger Williams and wife Abbey Schettino, Rachel Chapman Fox and husband Joshua Michael Fox, Spencer Franklin Williams, Julianne Chapman Zakar and husband Dustin Zakar, and Robert Cecil Evans Byles. Ruth made special contributions to raising Gwyneth's daughters Rachel and Julie, who blessed her with two great-grandchildren, Carina Lynn Fox and Rayner Matthew Zakar. Her sisters Margaret Kirtley, Frances Nelson, and Grace Wood also survive her, as well as more than a dozen nieces and nephews. Her siblings Annie Royster and Henry Hubbard preceded her in death. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 28 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson. A funeral service, also at Claytor Rollins, will be Monday, January 29 at 1 p.m., led by Rev. Elizabeth Lutz. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News. Last summer Ruth attended both her 73rd high school class reunion and her 70th nursing school class reunion. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donation be made to the Stuart Circle Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship Fund, care of Anita Akers, 7341 Dress Blue Circle, Mechanicsville, VA, 23116.
Published in Daily Press on Jan. 28, 2018
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