TRUE DAVIS EVANS, 101, of Chagrin Falls, died peacefully on December 12th. Raised with twin sister Athalie in Riverside, IL, they shared accomplishments and adventures throughout their lives. In kindergarten True met classmate, Henry (Bud) Evans, to whom she was married for 54 years until his death in 1996. She was also predeceased by her son, Scott Evans. She is survived by daughters Nikki Evans and Chris (Greg) Robinson; daughter-in-law Patti Evans; grandchildren Mackenzie Crone, Hillary Robinson Markijohn, Taylor Robinson, Jesse Evans, Nick Evans, Amber O’Shea, Morgen Champney, Stephanie Roldan, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is long-time caregiver Katy Newell, often mistakenly thought to be another caring daughter.
At DePauw University, True and Athalie majored in art and shared beauty queen titles. As United Airlines stewardesses, they appeared in company promotions, which led to ads for Pepsodent. “Which twin has a brighter smile?” On a train ride, the two already skilled knitters learned from a stranger the German method of knitting, which True taught others in the Ball O’ Yarn & Yardgoods shop she ran in Chagrin Falls during 1960’s and ‘70’s. For decades well into her late 90’s, she knitted many hundreds of little dolls that she donated to Ronald McDonald House, pediatric departments of hospitals, pediatricians, caregivers and anyone else who admired them. Having learned from her mother, True sewed clothes for her daughters and taught them and their friends to sew. True enjoyed volunteering at the Sassy Cat consignment shop in Chagrin Falls, playing golf, tennis and cards with friends, and occasionally fishing alone with bamboo pole and worm. When the kids were grown, she and husband Bud traveled extensively to the Bahamas, their villa on Fripp Island, SC, and to many summer Olympics. After her husband’s death, True renewed her love of art and participated in watercolor classes, producing many beautiful paintings. No matter what was going on in her life, she always claimed to be “happy, happy, happy!”
A memorial service will be held at a future date. In True’s memory, donations may be made to the Chagrin Falls Valley Art Center, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Business Advisers of Cleveland or an organization of your choice.
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