Melanie Evans

Melanie went home to be our Angel in the sky at MountainView Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family, on July 30, 2014. Melanie was born Dec. 22, 1956, in Morocco, Africa, at the Nouasseur Air Force Base, to the late William S. Gilliss and Rosemary Ann Mathes Gilliss. Melanie graduated from Mayfield High School in 1975. She also attended NMSU. Melanie loved sports and participating in them throughout her school years. Melanie also had a love for her horses, where she participated in Gymkhanas. She rode as often as possible with her dad, sister and great friends, the Bowden girls, as they grew up. Melanie a was fun-loving, free-spirited and caring woman who brought a smile to everyone's face. Melanie was loved by so many and will truly be missed. Melanie married Carl Bunch in 1975 and had her first daughter, Anna Lee Rose Bunch, on Jan. 12, 1975, followed by Sharlotte R. Bunch, born Sept. 22, 1978. Melanie later met up with a childhood friend, Kenneth E. Evans, and fell in love. They married Sept. 10, 1983, and went on to raise a loving family. Melanie loved to go for rides on the Harley with Kenny and to bike runs. Kenny and Melanie loved each other unconditionally and took wonderful trips and made great memories. Melanie had many things she enjoyed doing - camping, going to the lake and having barbecues in the backyard. Melanie worked at Montgomery Ward for many of years, moving on to different opportunities and later becoming a wonderful housewife and mother to the son they were blessed with on Nov. 23, 1996, Daniel E. Evans. Melanie's parents were members of Eastern Star, where she was a Rainbow Girl. Melanie was also a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Melanie is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Kenneth E. Evans; daughter Sharlotte R. Tellez (Eddie Tellez) and son Daniel E. Evans. Brothers Leo and Billy Gilliss; sister Marilyn Vaughan (Lawarence, Dakotah and Haily Vaughan) grandchildren Kyle E. and Kylia A. Tellez, as well as many nieces and nephews whom she loved, and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Melanie was proceeded in death by daughter Anna Lee, and her father and mother. Services will be Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Getz Funeral Home. A celebration of Melanie's life immediately following at 414 Monterey Drive. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the in her name. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home and Getz family Crematory 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit

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Getz Funeral Home
1410 E. BOWMAN AVE. Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
(575) 526-2419

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 8, 2014