Carol Alexis Evans passed away from pneumonia in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at the age of 75. Carol was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.
Carol was born on Dec. 23, 1945, in Hayward, California. She grew up in Hayward and went to Tennyson High School. She married Ron Evans in 1962 and had two sons. Carol went on to attend cosmetology school in the Bay Area. She began her career in a hair salon in Hayward. She then moved to Sonora in the late '80s where she opened another hair salon, The Cutting Room, which she owned and operated until 1996.
In August of 1996, she met David Polanco, who would become her life partner and husband of 25 years until her death. They would travel extensively, and their favorite place was the Hawaiian Islands where they traveled annually. Carol began another business in 2001. A coffee shop called "Hava Java." She loved the interaction with customers and had many friends. She had the personality that everyone loved. Aside from traveling together, Carol and David would enjoy their extended family of four children, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a multitude of friends.
Carol loved to be involved with the communities of Columbia and Sonora. She and David would volunteer at Sierra Repertory Theater, opening their home to housing the actors. They had many wonderful interactions with the casts of the many shows that were performed at both theaters. Carol was also involved with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and volunteered many hours to its service. She was also extensively involved with the Sonora Elks Lodge #1587 for a number of years.
After five years of owning Hava Java, Carol took a break from work, but after three years she got bored, and she decided to open another business, Columbia Frosty, from 2008 to 2010. Again, she was able to interact with the many customers and friends she so loved.
She was also involved indirectly with the Sonora 49er Rotary Club, since David was a longtime member, and she would help when volunteers were needed.
All the while, with all the community involvement, Carol and David had their little farm in Springfield Estates, where they had many farm animals. Louise, an Alpaca, was Carol's favorite.
Carol's passions were her grandchildren, traveling to Hawaii, visiting her friends, and flying from place to place in "Little Cessna".
Carol is survived by her husband, David Polanco; her brothers, Victor Demarest, Harris Shotwell and Stephen Fernandez; stepmother Lorraine Demarest; four children; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 22 nieces and nephews.
There will be a private family celebration of life held in California and Hawaii. In lieu of flowers, tree, or card donations, please make a donation in Carol Evans' name to the Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation at Tunnel2Towers.org/Donate
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Published by Sonora Union Democrat from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2021.