Sundown: October 9, 1927 — Dawn: February 21, 2023
Mary Earl Evans was born October 9, 1927, to Mamie Day (Watkins), and Lindsey Day in Dixon’s Mill, Alabama. She was a gifted storyteller. One of many many tales she shared together with her kids was the journey she made as a baby together with her mom and siblings from her paternal grandparents’ farm and start house of Dixon’s Mil to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Her non secular life was essential to her. She started her Christian journey as a member of the Starlight Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. As a younger lady in Hattiesburg, she met her husband, Albert James Evans, Sr. They married in 1947. She then joined True Mild Baptist Church the place he was a member.
Mary and Albert had 9 kids, however she nonetheless made time to be energetic in her church. She was a Trip Bible College instructor and led the youngsters’s choir. She misplaced Albert to an aneurysm in 1965 and continued to lift her kids as a single mom, however with robust group and household assist.
Mary noticed the restricted alternatives the segregated metropolis of Hattiesburg supplied. In the summertime of 1971, she made the choice to maneuver her household throughout the nation to Minneapolis, Minnesota, the place she felt her kids would have a brighter future.
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She was an excellent caregiver. She supported her kids by caring for all 15 grandchildren like a second mom, leaving cherished recollections and an indelible imprint on every of their lives. In caring for her group over her lifetime, she was the president of the varsity’s PTA, a childcare supplier, and a nursing assistant.
Mary will likely be remembered for her humor, particularly memorable quotes like, “Okey-dokey a nickel and a tokie,” or “I might need been born at evening, however not final evening!”
Her house was all the time full of music. She sang together with her kids in her Hattiesburg house. You would usually hear her singing hymns whereas cooking in her Minneapolis kitchen. She liked taking part in her many gospel albums and main a reward and worship music throughout church service.
Her work as a younger lady within the church would ultimately result in her being an evangelist. For those who had been lucky, you had the chance to listen to her preach the gospel whereas evangelizing in church buildings the place she was a member throughout Minneapolis or in church buildings she visited all through the Twin Cities.
Over the 50 years, she spent in Minneapolis, she was a member of Religion Temple Church of God in Christ, Religion Heart, and on the time of her passing, she was a member of Church of New Life with Pastors Sam and Shirley Nero.
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The Lord known as Mary house on the morning of February 21, 2023, on the age of 95. She was proceeded in demise by her mom and father, her siblings, Theresa Stamps, Lillie Mae Myers, Daisy Henderson, Hattie McLaughlin, James Day, Dennis Day, Johnnie M. Day (her twin), Charles Day, Tiny Bee Day and her sons, Kenneth Evans and Joseph Ray Evans.
Left to cherish her reminiscence are her seven kids, Elder Albert James Evans, Jr., (Doris) Buffalo, NY; Brenda Lynn Evans, Hattiesburg. MS; Jerry Leon Evans; Mamie Catherine Stokes (Michael); David Earl Evans; Pamela Pleasure Henderson; Vickie Diane Evans-Nash (Ewell); all of Minneapolis; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; her Goddaughter, Apostle Bertha Lanier, and numerous church members, nieces, nephews, cousins, and buddies.
Homegoing companies for Evangelist Mary E. Evans will likely be held on Tuesday, March 7 at Church of New Life Christian Ministries, 8600 Bloomington Ave. South, Bloomington, MN, 55425. Visitation held at 10 am with the companies to comply with at 11 am. Internment at Ft. Snelling Cemetery.
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