Edith L. Evans, Age :93
Oct 17,1926---Jan 04,2020

Edith L. Evans, 93, died January 4th, 2020 in Overland Park, KS.  Edith Lucille Miller was born in Texarkana, TX to Florance and Laura Fern (Hoffman) Miller.  The Miller family moved to Parsons, KS; Kansas City, MO; and then to rural Raytown, MO.  Edith graduated from Raytown High School as the “1944 Beauty Queen” after participating in many activities, including being a cheerleader, clarinetist, and singer. Following high school, she attended stenotype school and worked for Traveler's Insurance Company, KCMO until the end of 1947. 


Edith met Robert L. “Bob” Evans through activities and mutual friends at the RLDS Fourth Church in Kansas City, MO.  They corresponded while Bob was in the service; their first "official" date was in November, 1944, and they were married in September, 1946 in Shawnee, KS.   Edith and Bob lived in KCMO; Grandview, MO; Stanley, KS; and Louisburg, KS.  They moved to Sunrise of Lenexa in late 2014 and celebrated their 70th anniversary there in 2016.   Edith moved to Garden Terrace, Overland Park in March, 2017. They had 5 children; the older 3 graduated from Stanley Rural High School and the younger 2 from Blue Valley.


Edith was a full time homemaker, vegetable and flower gardener, seamstress, handcrafter, and master knitter.  She held many offices in PTA and local extension groups.  She also did typing work at home, was a township assessor, and worked many elections in Johnson and Miami Counties.  Edith was very active in her home churches -- she sang in and sometimes directed choirs, sang for special music, and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes.  She drove a school bus for 10 years in Stanley (a job she particularly enjoyed) and retired in 1987 when they moved to rural Louisburg. 


Family loved to go to Grandma Edith & Grandpa Bob's  for homemade rolls & cookies & pies, the front porch swing, pony rides, and fried okra – as well as spectacular sunsets and bird watching from the kitchen window, fresh vegetables & homemade jellies to take home, card games, stories, and maybe a little basketball in front of the barn.   Even during her long years of illness, Edith’s silly/feisty/playful personality would shine through – making her a favorite with her wonderful care staff.


Edith was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother (Herman Miller of St. Maries, ID), and her sister (Frances Hastings Gilmore of Bedford, IA).  She is survived by her 5 children -- Christine Evans Hands, Merriam, KS; Stephen (Nancy) Evans, Ashland, NE; David Evans, Raymore, MO; Dan Evans (Debbie Ferrell), Rowlett, TX; and Susan (Johnny) Pilgrim, Spring Hill, KS.  Edith also leaves 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.


Edith’s Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 19th at 2pm, followed by a reception at Asbury UMC, 5400 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208. 


Donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter, 3846 W 75th St., Prairie Village, KS 66208.


Wanda Chinnery Jan 10 ,2020

Very good friend of Chris ,Lee’s Summit ,Missouri

Chris, you had such great parents, it is hard to have that part of your life behind you. I am sending prayers and many good thoughts your way. Love to you- Wanda

Carine Rishton Jan 10 ,2020

cousin ,The Woodlands ,Texas

To all my dear Evans family, My heartfelt and sincere condolences to you all. It was always so fun being with Edith and Bob on the farm - lots of great memories! While we mourn the loss, we do celebrate the joys of having had such special, dear people in our lives. May the God of all comfort hold you close in this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3) Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort. Love and prayers, Carine Bruch Rishton

Sandi Rose Jan 10 ,2020

Niece ,Kansas City ,Missouri

So sorry for your loss. Am so glad you mentioned the wonderful home made rolls she would fix. I could eat a plateful of those and nothing else. Sure home she passed on her secret to at least one of you!!

Cheri White Jan 11 ,2020

Friend of Chris ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Chris.

Ginny Hawk Jan 11 ,2020

friend ,Kansas

Chris, thank you for sharing this beautiful story of your Mom/your folks. We will be praying for you in the upcoming days. Ginny Hawk

Karen Christensen Jan 13 ,2020

Loving friends ,Casper ,Wyoming

Edith was always good to me as a young adult. She loved Jennifer and Robert and me too. She was a dear sweet woman. I’m glad she’s at rest in heaven with Bob.