Our blessed Christian Mother, Olive “Marlene” Evans, 79, of Findlay, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Mom preferred to be called Marlene. Daughter of the late Roy E. Newlon and Rev. Katherine A. (Bibler) Roberts, was born on June 21, 1938 in Findlay, Ohio. Marlene married Charles Dewey Evans and he preceded her in death.
Marlene volunteered for over 20 years at the City Mission when it was started by Mary Carmen and then Ernie and Brenda Pagel. She was an adult bible leader and played the piano. She played for church services, weddings and funerals without any pay. She also volunteered with Home Missionaries with Betty Neff for 10 years. Marlene worked for the Loudan Home as a house mother and counselor to young women for 10 years. As a homemaker, she made the best pies, biscuits and her specialty chicken pot pie. Marlene canned all the vegetables, fruits, made jelly’s and jams from dad’s “Dewey’s” extensive garden. She did not have money, but we always celebrated the holidays as best as possible. Marlene welcomed all to her house with a hot pot of coffee. She did all the typical partys women did back in the “day”. Tupperware, Stanley, Watkins, Artex, and Bee Line parties and always had punch and a snack.
Marlene was able to see a lot of America and Europe. She traveled to Arizona, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and fell in love with the west with the gorgeous red rock and mountains. She traveled to Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, with time spent in the Netherlands, Austria in the Bavarian Alphs with a highlight of seeing the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Marlene also traveled to Louisiana and was excited to see her first in the wild, alligator!
Marlene had a great love for animals, especially for abused abandoned and sheltered animals. She leaves behind her cats, Harry and Miki, and Dennis’s dog, Pearl. Past beloved pets was dogs, Picky, George, cats, Betty and Buddy. Mom believed animals had souls and that they would go to heaven, waiting for her.
Mom was a quick wit and told “ornery” jokes and always the center of attention.
She never lost her humor even when challenged by having to go on dialysis. Her humor kept her strong until God asked her to go home and be with all of her loved ones.
Mom’s strong Christian belief helped her overcome life’s battles. She knew she would see everyone in heaven again and she and Dewey would have a log cabin mansion in the sky.
Marlene is survived by her son, Dennis L. Evans; daughters, Debra K. and Virginia S. Evans all of Findlay; grandchildren, Shirley M. (Nicholas) Blaine, and Jessica L. Onan; and 3 great-grandchildren, Reno C. Evans, Ariel Y. Evans, Emma L. Onan, and one due any day now. She is also survived by her sister, Sharon R. (Bill) Nudd; sisters-in-law, Rosealee Roberts and Virginia Roberts; and a brother-in-law, Jack Houtz. Marlene was preceded in death by her brothers, James A. Roberts and John “Sam” Roberts; sister, Katherine M. Houtz; and grandchildren, Charlie Tina Evans, and Edwin L. Onan III.
We want to thank the staff at Blanchard Valley ICU and all the staff for taking good care of Mom.
Friends and family may visit on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday the 20th with one hour of visitation (1 – 2 p.m.) prior to the service at the funeral home with Pastor Daniel McDonald officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Bishop Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Olive’s name may be made to the City Mission, 510 W. Main Cross St., Findlay, Ohio 45840