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Billie Evans
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Obituary for Billie Evans

Billie Evans
1921-2017

Billie Evans, 96, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, July 28, 2017.
She married Kenneth Warren Evans in 1941 and they settled in St. Joseph to raise a family. Together they had five children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all who remember her for her love of word games, her beautiful quilts, her deep faith in the democratic party and her open arms for those in need.
Billie co-sponsored the Candy Striper Program at Sister's Hospital in St. Joseph and many young women who participated in this volunteer program went on to a nursing career. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts when her four sons were young, and she volunteered at Head Start, Second Seasons and taught reading to adults.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Lula (Barnett) Mayfield; husband, Kenneth; son, Kirby; her much loved daughter-in-law Terri Abbot Evans; grandson, Austin Stevenson; and brother, Dick.
Survivors include her children, Ken Evans (Carmhiel Brown), Philadelphia, PA, Keith Evans, Kelly Evans, St. Joseph, Kay Evans (Ben Vineyard), Columbia, MO; grandchildren, Corbin Evans (Cynthia Joyce), Oxford, MS, Amy Kappers (Matt), Cincinnati, OH, Matt Evans (Sara), Philadelphia, PA, Kelsey Evans, Washington, DC, Todd Stevenson, Dallas TX, Ben Evans (Amy), St. Louis, MO, Jeremy Evans, Hilary Newey (Scott), Kate Evans, St. Joseph, MO, Nathan and Alyx Evans, CO, James Watson, Grants Pass, OR, Megan Jones (Nathan), Columbia, MO, Shari Greyson, Kansas City, MO; great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Olivia, Grace, Jack, Paige, Julia, Regan, Andrew, Maren, Carter, Graham, Piper, Ryan, and Evan.
Lastly, Billie was proud of her Cherokee heritage. Her great-grandmother, grandfather, mother and her mother's siblings, are listed on the Cherokee rolls. She wrote a young adult book that told of the agony and hardship of The People, who were uprooted from their homes and removed to what then was Indian Territory and is now Oklahoma. This was the Trail of Tears and it's clearly marked for sightseers now, but then it was marked with blood and graves of upwards to 4000 men,. women, and children who died along the way. Billie believed that we should never forget out past.
Billie's family would like to thank all of those who lovingly and patiently cared for her at Carriage Square, where she spent the last four years of her life.
Natural Farewell under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The will be no service but donations can be made in Billie's name to Habitat for Humanity. Her family will gather soon to celebrate her life. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


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