Caroline Evans passed away Friday May 2, 2014 exactly four years and five months after her beloved husband of 60 years, Robert W. Evans (Bob). She and Bob lived happily in Camden, Arkansas for 39 years. They loved to play bridge with friends whenever and wherever they could. Caroline was the Bridge “Master” and loved the challenge of the game and the strategy involved. As with the game of Bridge, she met every challenge head on and with confidence.
Caroline was born two months premature on January 12, 1927 to William J. Hinchman and Clara Morey in East Orange, New Jersey. Back then, the odds of survival for such a premature child was not favorable but Caroline made it and continued to thrive. She was raised and attended schools in East Orange, New Jersey during the Depression and World War II. She visited New York City often and developed a penchant for big band music, collecting numerous records of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and other top notch singers. She also loved to play the piano, travel and attend Broadway theater productions.
She attended college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. GO Badgers! This is where she met and married Robert Evans, a Wisconsin native, on December 20, 1949. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts, majoring in Spanish and minoring in Recreation. She took a job teaching right out of college in Madison until her first child, Richard, was born on October 4, 1951. Then, her husband’s job moved them to Englewood, Colorado where the rest of her children were born: Sharon (January 7, 1955), Paul (September 23, 1956), and Beverly (September 18, 1958).
Languages were a passion for her. She spoke Spanish fluently and also spoke Portuguese very well. There were always pets in the house. She loved cats and dogs and all other animals too. She loved being a Mom, helping her children with homework, and playing cards and board games with her family. She loved family vacation time and traveling to visit college friends near and far.
In 1967, the family moved to Herndon, Virginia. As her children grew she began to substitute teach Spanish at local schools. She eventually returned to teaching Spanish full time in the Warrenton, Virginia School System. After teaching only a few years, her husband’s job transfer brought them to Camden, Arkansas in 1975.
After Robert’s retirement they loved attending High School, Army Air Corps, and college reunions and Wisconsin Badger football bowl games. Also, after their youngest child went to school at the University of Arkansas they became rabid Razorback football fans and traveled to many Razorback football games, both home and bowl games. Between the Badgers and the Razorbacks football teams they traveled great distances to support their teams. In addition, they were fortunate to travel to Mexico and Canad for great adventures. Also, they went to the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Spain, and Portugal with their oldest daughter, fulfilling a life time travel dream of Caroline’s. This was just in time too, because shortly after, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
In 2004, both Caroline and Bob suffered heart attacks on the same day and both underwent surgical heart procedures. Since her husband’s death in 2010, Caroline has lived comfortably at her home in Camden, being lovingly cared for by human angels - Billie Sumler, Kim Hanson, Brenda Thrower (deceased), and Mary McCree. Not only did they meticulously care for her home and yard but they treated her as if she was their mother, more than meeting her every need and want.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and grandson, Gregory Allen. Caroline is survived and lovingly remembered by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren:
- Richard and Susan Evans of Asheville, North Carolina and their 3 children:
Charles & Kendra Evans of Lavonia, Michigan and their 2 children
Owen & Scarlette Evans of Cary, North Carolina and their 2 children
Elizabeth Evans now in Panama
- Dave & Sharon Oster of Boise, Idaho and their child:
Stephanie Oster of Seattle, Washington
- Paul & Pat Evans of Stafford, Virginia and their 7 children:
Paul & Heather Bouhouwzen of Fredricksburg, Virginia and their 6 children
Nathan & Tina Evans of Morgantown, West Virginia and their 3 children
Jeremy Evans of Stafford, Virginia
Matthew Evans of Stafford, Virginia
Sonya Daley and her 2 children of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Benjamin Gray and 1 child of Spotsylvania, Virginia
Aaron Gray of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
- Lee & Beverly Allen of Tulsa, Oklahoma and their 2 children:
Valerie Allen of Arcata, California
Cindy Allen of Atlanta, Georgia
Funeral services will be held 5:00 pm Monday, May 5, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church with Erin Kaye officiating.
In lieu of flowers, her family would like to request donations be made to Caroline’s and Bob’s beloved church – First Presbyterian Church of Camden, Arkansas.