- April 8, 1907 - September 2, 2009
- McMinnville, Oregon
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ELIZABETH HARRIS EVANS ELIZABETH "BETTY" HARRIS EVANS, daughter of John Albert Harris and Mary Frances Finn Harris, was born April 8, 1907 in Foxboro, Wisconsin. Betty was the 3rd of 12 children. She graduated from St Scholastica High School for girls in Duluth, Minnesota, and then obtained a Bachelor of Education degree. She started teaching elementary school in a 2 room school house in Wisconsin, and then taught in California. During and after WW II she was a social worker for the American Red Cross, where she made many lifelong friends. In 1953 she was the administrator of the Red Cross in the American military hospital in Sasebo, occupied Japan. While serving at the base hospital at Parks AFB near Danville, California she met her future husband, USAF LTC David Sproul Evans. They were married in Danville, California September 4, 1954. Sadly, David died of an illness January 22, 1955. Betty went back to teaching school, worked as an activities director at a senior center in San Mateo, California, & then as an administrative assistant at a hospital in San Francisco. She moved into the Alterra Villas in McMinnville, Oregon in March 1999 at the age of 91. In June 2009 she moved to Hillside Communities' assisted living facility. Betty grew up in a close knit, warm, fun loving family, and they remained close all their lives. A true daughter of Irish parents, she was a red headed "pistol", clever, hard headed, fun loving, mischievous with a great sense of humor and endearingly difficult. Her feisty personality showed through on every occasion, and won our hearts. We fondly referred to her, as she did herself, the "Matriarch of the Family." She was predeceased by brothers Baby Harris, John, Charles, Jerome, Robert and Francis Wilmot Harris; sisters Phoebe Day, Dora Olson, Charlotte Keith, and Frances Harris; daughter by marriage Elspeth Camber, and nephew Jack Harris. She is survived by her sister Catharine Johnson of Duluth and St. Paul, Minnesota, son by marriage Joel Evans of Guilford, New York, 1 niece, 6 nephews, and 5 grandchildren. She will be buried with her husband in Golden Gate National Cemetery near San Francisco, California September 8, 2009. There will be a graveside memorial, with family in attendance. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or the Disabled American Veterans.