Helen Elizabeth Beavers Evans (EUSTIS, Fla.)

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EUSTIS, Fla. - Helen Elizabeth Beavers Evans, known to family and friends as Helen Evans, died February 8th in the Cornerstone Hospice House in Tavares, Florida after suffering a massive stroke. She was 80 years old. Per her wishes, cremation rites took place February 11, 2010 at the Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Gotha, Florida. Helen's cremains will be buried at both the Evans' burial plot in Augusta, Georgia and the Beavers' burial plot near the Beavers' former family home of Chester, New Jersey. Small inurnment ceremonies will be held at both sites the first being held in Augusta on March 20th at 11am at the Westover Memorial Park located at 2601 Wheeler Rd., with The Reverend Dr. G. Daniel McCall officiating; arrangements made by Elliott Sons Funeral Home, and then in Califon, New Jersey at the Fairmont Rural Cemetery at a date to be determined. The daughter of Floyd Elias Beavers of New Jersey and Lauretta Cornelia Nagel of New York, Helen was born November 25, 1929 in San Diego, California. When she was 5 years old, they moved to the Beavers' family farm in Parker, New Jersey where they resided for many years. Helen was an only child on the farm for 6 years before her brother Floyd and sister Diana were born. Without other children her age in the area, the farm animals became her best friends. She kept a pet bull frog, took care of the pigs, and would ride one of the heifers when she put them out to pasture. Her love and passion for animals stayed with her throughout her life and over her lifetime she owned a menagerie of animals including dogs, cats, horses (Peruvian Pasos and miniatures), pigs, llamas, chickens, roosters, fish, and birds. After graduating from high school in 1947, Helen remained in New Jersey working for an insurance agent before taking a job with Co-Operative Industries in Chester. In 1954 Helen left New Jersey for Miami Springs, Florida where she trained to be a flight attendant. After flight school, she lived in Coral Gables, Florida and over the next 5 years flew for Eastern Airlines. Helen met her husband, Bill Evans, in April 1959 on the beach at the Island Beachcomber Hotel in St. Thomas, USVI during Carnival season. Bill courted Helen over the next few months in St. Thomas, Florida, and his hometown of Augusta, GA. They were married in Coral Gables, Florida on August 21, 1959 and honeymooned in St. Thomas. Helen and Bill made their first home in Augusta, Georgia where their son W. Houston Evans II was born. The following year they moved to St. Thomas USVI where their daughter Tara Walker Evans was later born. In addition to raising her family, Helen enjoyed boating and playing tennis with her friends. With her husband Bill, she helped found both the VI Montessori School in Vessup Bay and the St. Thomas Yacht Club in Cowpet Bay. She also managed and operated the Cowpet Bay Tennis Club where she and Bill were instrumental in helping to develop junior tennis by sponsoring and hosting many tournaments at the club, including what is recognized as the first junior tournament in St. Thomas & St. John. They resided on St. Thomas for 18 years before moving for a brief time to Hilton Head, South Carolina. It was during a visit with friends in Sun Valley, Idaho, that Helen discovered the place where she could make her dreams from reading Zane Grey's Western novels come true. She and Bill moved there in 1980. She treasured the mountains, rivers, wildflowers, wildlife, and people and took pride in creating their home, Rancho de Montana, in Bellevue. Her greatest pleasure came from raising her treasured Peruvian Paso horses and riding them in the magnificent Rocky Mountains with friends and family. Helen and Bill made their final move in 2007 to Eustis, near Mt. Dora, Florida, where they decided to spend their remaining years closer to their children and grandchildren. Helen loved her small home on East Crooked Lake which she shared with her husband of 50 years, Bill, and her beloved long-haired Chihuahua, Kit. Helen was her own woman with her own particular way of doing things. As one friend recently commented, "Helen was a force of Nature!" If you were lucky enough to cross paths with her and strike a connection, she could become your most loyal and true friend. She cherished her friends and kept them in her heart wherever she was. Helen is survived by her husband Bill Evans; son, Houston Evans; daughter Tara Shimberg; step son Bill Edwards; grandchildren Ethan Briggs Shimberg, Hunter Leigh Evans, and Logan Elias Shimberg; step-grandchildren Blake Edwards, Evan Evans, Elisabeth Evans, Devon Edwards, and Ernest Evans; brother Floyd Beavers Jr.; sister Diana Warner; and the following nieces and nephews: Sean Beavers, Melinda Beavers, Tracy L. Evans, Kipp Warner, Sarah Warner, Philip Warner, Kevin Warner, Chris Evans, Julie Evans, and Tony Evans. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either of these charities: Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778, www.cornerstonehospice.org or Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, P. O. Box 1496, Hailey, ID 83333, www.animalshelterwrv.org . Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 1134 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-March 17, 2010


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