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Dr. Helen Louise Evans, a lifelong learner, educator, world traveler and servant of God, departed this life to join her Heavenly Father on February 15, 2010, after a brief illness. Helen was a Christian woman who accepted Christ at an early age and lived her entire life demonstrating her faith. Born into the union of Samuel Womack and Evalene Womack, and raised by Sadie Womack. Helen's lifelong love of learning began at an early age. Her passion for education began at the Perry A. Wright School and the Frederick Douglass Junior High School, from which she graduated in 1939. She graduated from Chester High School in 1943 and later earned a business certificate from the Sleeper's Business College (1948). She studied accounting at Temple University (1955-1958) and attained an Associate Degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1969. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Political Science at Cheyney State College (1979) and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania (1982). In 1997, she felt the urge to pursue a doctorate degree to enhance her ability to meet the needs of her students. Helen enrolled in the Ed.D program for Child and Youth Studies at Nova Southeastern University, where she graduated in 2000. Dr. Evans went to work at Sun Ship in support of World War II in 1943 and was the business manager of the Fairgrounds Housing Projects, Chester Township, for 20 years. After retiring from the Township, Dr. Evans devoted her life to extending her education and teaching others. She began her second career, in education, as a substitute teacher for the Chester Upland School District, and earned her Professional Teacher's Certificate at Widener University (1985). She later became an instructor with Delaware County Community College's FOCUS program, an adult literacy program housed in the old Chester Times Building. She tutored numerous students in her home. In 1996, Dr. Evans joined the staff of her alma mater as a volunteer instructor at the Frederick Douglass Christian School (FDCS). Initially, she mentored new teachers. In January 1996, she began teaching kindergarten. She later served as a consultant to staff, advisor to parents and managed many projects. Dr. Evans traveled all over the world with Toastmistress International. She would proudly tell every one that she set foot on each of the seven continents, having visited Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Dr. Evans was an adventure seeker who loved to learn the culture of the lands she visited. She enjoyed getting a first-hand experience of what it was like to live in those lands. Her gift of teaching led her to lead the Co-Workers with Christ Class at the Marcus Hook Baptist Church, where she was also a Sunday school teacher for 20 years. Dr. Evans was preceded in death by her parents (Samuel, Evalene and Sadie Womack ), one sister, Celestine W. Bennett, one son, Rev. Dr. W. Paul Matthews, Jr., and one daughter, Pearl-Francis Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Rev. Otis Evans Sr., four sons, Richard E. Evans (Zelma), Rev. Gregory O. Evans (Hilda), Otis Evans Jr. (Yolanda), and Rev. Michael K. Evans Sr. (Elizabeth), one brother, Dr. Herbert H. Womack, 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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