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Barbara Evans

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December 13, 1918 - July 28, 2013

 

Barbara Evans passed away peacefully at her home in Ashland. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard; and survived by her daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law, Joe Fredrick.

 

Barbara was an energetic and accomplished person. Born in Minnesota, she grew up in Los Angeles, Calif. and loved to dance. There, as a teenager, she and a partner had a dance act and performed professionally in movie theaters between the features. An excellent student, she went to Stanford University at age 16. She worked as an executive secretary to Corris Guy, an executive at Helms Bakery and star of a long-running TV cooking show.


Barbara always loved music and art and was an excellent knitter. She was a fine embroiderer and did ecclesiastical embroidery at the Episcopal Cathedral in Los Angeles. She took up crewel embroidery and needlepoint and created many lovely pieces. She was a Girl Scout leader for Brownies and Intermediate Scouts. She was an avid reader.


In retirement, she and Howard moved to Oregon and built their home in Ashland, doing much of the interior finish work themselves. She took up weaving and spinning and was active in the local weaving guilds. She and Howard traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and all over the Western U.S. They particularly loved to visit the Oregon coast. She was attended in her final years by two talented and loving caregivers.


A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to the Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington, to the Talent or other public library, or to a charity of your choice.


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