Rochelle Evans (1976 - 2015)

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Rochelle Evans
April 28th, 1976 - July 13th, 2015
Rochelle Dunbar Evans passed away July 13th, 2015 in her home in Vale, Oregon after a courageous battle with cancer.
Chelle was born April 28th, 1976 to Randy and Michelle Dunbar in Baker City, Oregon. She spent much of her childhood surrounded by and loved by animals. Chelle was a member of the 4-H and FFA, showing various livestock. Chelle was also active in rodeo and was queen or princess on several rodeo courts. She graduated from Baker High in 1994 and during the summer worked for the Oregon Beef Council as a spokesperson for the beef industry.
Rochelle went on to college at TVCC in Ontario where she studied agriculture. While in college, she met her husband, Mike Evans. Shortly after their marriage, they started their family with son, Gus in 1996 and daughter, Mackenzie in 1998. This is where Rochelle found her true calling, being a mother. The next 20 years were spent working on various ranches and feedlots, raising their family and training horses and dogs with Mike.
Rochelle never met a stranger, just a friend that she had not met yet. Chelle was very active in 4-H with Gus and Mackenzie, volunteering countless hours to meetings and other 4-H members. She was very proud of Gus and Mackenzie's accomplishments and her other kids as well. Rochelle loved to cook and bake. Her favorite thing to do was "feed people". She cooked in her Dutch ovens for many a branding crew as well as friends.
Rochelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Afterwards she became an advocate for cancer awareness. Chelle helped at various fundraisers and events to battle cancer. Rochelle beat cancer in the way of donating her body to OHSU for cancer research, in hope that other families would not have to go through the same ordeal as her own family.
Rochelle is survived by her parents Randy and Michelle Dunbar, a sister and brother in law, Pam and Adam Nash, her husband, Mike, son, Gus, daughter, Mackenzie and a very special childhood friend, Misty Brinton, in-laws Rick and Pam Evans, as well as numerous family and friends.
We will miss you, Chelle and your sense of humor, your ability to crack a joke no matter the circumstance.
A celebration of life will be held August 8th at 3 pm at Wadleigh Park in Vale, Oregon. Bring your favorite finger food, and seating. Iced tea and lemonade will be provided.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 4, 2015
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