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Gaye Ellen Evans was born in San Francisco, California to William Cleveland and Ena Helen Doughart on October 8, 1935. Living her entire life in the Bay Area, she attended Fremont High School in Oakland (1953), where she met her future husband, Robert Troy Evans. After graduating from high school, Gaye worked for the Pacific Telephone Company as a representative while she waited for her beloved to return from service in the United States Army during the Korean War. She married her high school sweetheart in January 1956. Shortly after marrying, Gaye was featured in Life Magazine as a model in a telephone company ad—her pictured taken by the famed photographer, Ansel Adams. She would later work as a medical assistant to eye surgeons for 35 years.
Gaye was a committed Christian, and was affectionately known as “mom” to many in her church. She was one of the earliest members of Fair Oaks Baptist Church in Concord, CA, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, children’s music director, and sang in the choir for many decades, and she was more recently a Charter Member of Christ Church in Livermore, CA, where she faithfully worshiped and cheerfully served. Gaye was personally approached by Miss Johnson and became one of the earliest teaching leaders in Bible Study Fellowship, a position she held for several decades. She was an accomplished assistant to her husband in his avocation as a photographer for numerous weddings and missionary “prayer cards.”
Gaye enjoyed visiting Yosemite National Park, cruising with her husband, eating out with her “lunch bunch” and “Red Hatters,” traveling to Hawaii, watching her grandchildren participate in various sports and activities, holding her great-grandchildren, and spending time with her family. She was very loving, caring, positive, encouraging, gentle, generous, kind, sacrificially giving, and always believed the very best about everyone. Gaye was a fervent “prayer warrior,” and was known to pray for people, needs, and requests long into the night. She was completely faithful in marriage, devoted to her family, in love with her Savior, and consistent in her example of Christ-like character.
Gaye Ellen Evans died on September 13, 2019 at John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek, after being admitted for signs and symptoms consistent with congestive heart failure. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Robert Troy Evans, and is survived by their son Rev. Dr. Robert William Evans, daughter-in-law Kamrin Evans, and grandchildren William, Wade, and Lauren Evans; and their daughter Linda Ellen Candau, son-in-law Brad Candau, and grandchildren Matthew (wife, Emily, and son, Caleb), Michael (wife, Cassi, and son, Jake, and daughter, Ariana), and Nicholas, to whom she was affectionately known as “mom-mops” and “Nana.”
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 21, 2019 in the chapel at Community Presbyterian Church, Danville (222 W. El Pintado, Danville, CA 94526) at 10:00AM sharp, with light refreshments to follow.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made to: Veritas Ministries International (PO Box 2327, Castro Valley, CA 94546), Bible Study Fellowship (19001 Huebner Rd., San Antonio, TX 78258), or Christ Church (PO Box 1077, Pleasanton, CA 94566). Please send notes and remembrances to: Gaye Evans, c/o Dr. Robert W. Evans (22560 Canyon Terrace Dr., Castro Valley, CA 94552).