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Nancy Lee Abreo Evans

Feb 01, 2018
Nancy Lee Abreo Evans

printed 02/02/2018

Ocean Pines

Nancy Lee Abreo Evans, 91, of Ocean Pines, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at home, with her family at her side.

A native of Washington, D.C., Nancy was born on Sept. 4, 1926, to the late Laurence Abreo and Kathleen Ozment Abreo.

Mrs. Evans attended Mary Washington College and George Washington University, where she studied art and became a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Nancy also attended the Corcoran School of Art.

She married her college sweetheart, John Penhallow Evans, Jr., at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 6, 1949. After many years as a stay-at-home-mom, Mrs. Evans worked as an office manager for several dentists in the Metro DC area.

She was an active volunteer in the art and reading programs of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, a member of the Louisa Mae Alcott chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution, a faithful member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, and of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin.

Over many years as a parishioner of St. Paul’s, Mrs. Evans served on the vestry, in the choir, on the Altar Guild, at the Church Mouse Thrift Shop, and was the Coffee Hour coordinator and a member of the Episcopal Church Women. In addition, for many years, she was a docent at the Calvin B. Taylor Historical Museum in Berlin. She was steadfast in her dedication to God and a belief in His good deeds.

Mrs. Evans’ interests included all forms of the visual arts. Nancy was well-known for her uniquely painted birdhouse creations and cherished needlepoint designs. Samples of her needlepoint adorn the Bethlehem Chapel at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin.

She was an avid gardener, bridge player, fond of antiquing, and enjoyed “lunch out” at favorite Ocean City spots with family and friends. She was devoted to the training of the many family dogs and unflappable when presented with the varied pets her children brought home, including lizards, crayfish, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, minnows, turtles and budgies.

Nancy and John were known for their passion and love for dancing and the figures they cut on the dance floor. They enjoyed meeting fellow members and their families at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for parties, pool, and golf, as well as annual vacations to Ocean City and Bethany beaches, choosing that area for retirement.

A loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. Evans was the center of family gatherings at special holiday meals and around the kitchen table. A perceptive listener, Nancy was a generous, caring friend and mom. Her famous “cookies Mommy makes” were family favorites and unequalled at St. Pauls’ coffee hours and bake sales.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by John, her beloved husband of 51 years.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Evans English (Paul) of Charlotte, North Carolina, John Penhallow Evans, III (Linda) of Easton, Maryland, William Pearson Evans (Sharon) of Hoover, Alabama, Richard Stuart Evans (Lisa) of College Park, Maryland, and Emily Virginia Evans Sudbrink (William) of Silver Spring, Maryland.

In addition, Mrs. Evans is survived by her five grandchildren, Nancy English Johnson, Rachel Evans, Amanda Evans, Benjamin Sudbrink and Christopher Sudbrink, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the many friends who surrounded their mother with love and support during her final illness, as well as Coastal Hospice for their loving care.

Burbage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services for Mrs. Evans will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin, with a reception immediately following in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin, Coastal Hospice, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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