Gladys M. Evans, 93, of Amsterdam, died Saturday, May 5, 2018, in the home of her granddaughter, Jason and Jessica Kile in West Liberty, OH, surrounded by her family.
Born Aug. 2, 1924, in Taylor, TX, she was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Marie (Meinen) Ihlenfeld, and her husband, Jerome A. Evans, who she married Nov. 17, 1945, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. Jerome was a recognized member of the agricultural community. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Irene Kolinek and Alice Barron; and a son-in-law, Glen W. Dicken, Jr.
A member of the last graduating class in Taylor, TX, before the December bombing of Pearl Harbor, in her own written words she stated, “As high school seniors on that July day, we were soon going to be called upon to be adults. As the world changed so did our lives.”
After graduation, Gladys went to San Antonio, TX, and worked at Kelly Field Air Force Base assigned to the Curriculum Unit, Personal and Training Department, working with college professors on loan from various colleges writing technical orders for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH.
A long-time member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, she shared her talents and energy. She was tireless in her service to others and equally devoted to her family and wide circle of friends. She served her faith in many capacities on the late, state and nationwide level; as president of St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s Club, St. Joseph’s Parish Council; presidnt of the Steubenville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, president of Coronation Deanry Catholic Women’s Club and attended many national Catholic Women’s Club conventions.
Gladys was recognized Oct. 7, 2001, when presented the “Pro Ecclesia ET Pontifice” at Holy Name Cathedral, Steubenville by Bishop Gilbert I. Sheldon. The award was granted by St. John Paul II and translates to “For the Church and Pontiff.” It is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding service to the church.
In addition to her commitment to the church, she was active in agricultural groups, serving on Carroll County Extension Council, committee member for Farmer’s Home Administration, Carroll County Farm Bureau Advisory Council, Carroll County Regional Planning Board, and supporting her children’s activities as an advisor to 4-H clubs and Farm Bureau youth groups. Gladys and Jerome worked hand-in-hand to raise their children, run the dairy operation, cherish their faith and love their country.
She was a true matriarch with her family garnering her fiercest devotion. It was her proudest accomplishment and source of great pride.
She is survived by her son, Andrew J. Evans, and his wife, Karen Evans; son, Robert Evans and his wife, Jane Evans; daughter, Susan Dicken Yerian and her husband, John Yerian, Jr.; daughter, Catherine Shepherd and her husband, Robert Shepherd; son, Christopher Evans and his wife Cindy Evans.
She leaves 13 grandchildren, Lyndsay (Michael) Gatto, Evan (Sarah) Harker, Krystal (Darren) Rentz, Joshua (Elaine) Evans, Jessica (Jason) Kile, Scott (Mary Beth) Dicken, Emily (Joshua) Vallot, Michael (Stephanie) Evans, Leslie (Fred) Kungl, Steven (Alyssa) Shepherd, Allyson Evans, Thomas Evans and Drake Evans; and 17 great grandchildren.
She is an inspiration to all generations and personally was involved with her family hosting many family gatherings at the farm. She always met you at the door with fresh lipstick on and a smile on her face to welcome you home. She instilled in us all a passion to pursue education and to never stop learning. She always said, “No one can ever take your education away.” She loved to write letters and was happiest with a clean sheet of paper and a sharp pencil or her Electromatic typewriter. She believed in hard work, using common sense and to always do a job well done and she could play a mean game of cards. We have been blessed to have her love and guidance for so long. I guess she thought “we could handle things on our own now.”
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Fr. Jack McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in Harlem Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. in Dodds Funeral Home in Amsterdam.
Memorial donations may be made to the Catholic Women’s Club of St. Joseph, c/o Karaen Niemic, PO Box 575, Amsterdam, OH 43903.