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Anne H. Evans

• Apr 10, 2019 at 1:21 PM

DES PLAINES, IL - Anne H. Evans, age 92, of Des Plaines, IL died on Sunday, April 7th.

She was born in Long Beach, CA May 7th, 1926. Her family moved to Milwaukee where she attended 1stand 2ndgrade. In 1934, they moved to Kingsport, TN where her father worked at the Eastman Company. Between her father’s violin and hi-fi and Anne’s clarinet and piano, music permeated the Hincke home.

After graduating valedictorian from Dobyns-Bennett Kingsport High School in 1943, she attended Northwestern University. She majored in chemistry and math, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1947. Upon graduation, she worked in the NU Physical Chemistry lab. Later that year, she married Thomas Martin Evans (NU ‘45), who worked as an electrical engineer in the communications department for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. They lived at a prestigious address in Evanston on Sheridan Road in a garage apartment.  Anne and Tom attended St. Matthews Episcopal Church for three years before transferring to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church with their move to Des Plaines in 1950. 

Anne’s love of music continued throughout her life. As a founding member of Community Concerts Association in Kingsport Tennessee, she joined the Maine Township Community Concert Association when it started in Des Plaines and served as president for a time. Anne was a season ticket holder with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for many years and supported and attended many other musical ensembles in the Chicago area including Music of the Baroque, Bella Voce and Northwest Symphony Orchestra. She sang alto with the Northwest Choral Society for some years and with the St. Martin’s choir with her husband and children when they could be encouraged to do so. She joined the Des Plaines Arts Council as a representative from the Northwest Symphony Orchestra board and joined efforts to restore the Des Plaines Theater as a performing arts center. She was a member of NW Suburban branch of AAUW and served on the board of Church Women United of Des Plaines. 

As a founding member of League of Women Voters (LWV) in Des Plaines, Anne began her involvement with local and state government. In 1969, Anne was disappointed that political parties slated delegates for the non-partisan Illinois State Constitutional Convention (Con Con) elections, she threw her hat into the ring and was elected a delegate on a non-partisan ballot. During 1970, she commuted weekly to Springfield, serving on the Educational Committee of Con Con. After Con Con, she was elected to the Maine Township high school board, serving 10 years and as school board president she presented diplomas to her two youngest children. After all her children started school, Anne worked as the office manager for Citizens Information Service, an educational arm of the LWV. Besides driving her children to and from all their various activities – piano lessons, ballet lessons, swimming, wrestling, concerts, and performances – she also volunteered for and supported various organizations. enjoyed driving for Meals-on-Wheels. 

After Tom’s death, she traveled extensively to see her far-flung children, grandchildren, and friends across the country. Anne also toured internationally to Egypt, Machu Picchu, and the British Isles. She brought quinoa back from Peru before it was popular. Anne continued with her weight loss support group, Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), attaining her goal and recognized as Illinois state queen of 2014. Anne enjoyed the fellowship and support of her PEO sisters in chapter KK-NI, Kiwanis, Des Plaines Historical Society, and others. She was generous with her love, her time, and her resources with too many people and groups to remember. Anne was engaging and interested in everyone she met. 

Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M. Evans, her brother, William Hincke, and a son-in-law, Bryan Newkirk. She is survived by four children, Kate Newkirk, Nancy (Vince) Johnsen, Betty Lou (Neal) Schindler, and James (Stacee) Evans, her nine grandchildren: Jenai, John, Susanna, Tom, Tobin, Steve, Brian, Brent, and Bruce. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Nancy (the late Arvid) Carlson and Lucy Hincke, and five beloved nieces and nephews and their families. 

The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, April 12that G. L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines. A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 13that St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1095 Thacker Street, Des Plaines at 10:00 am. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts in Anne’s memory be made to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (stmartinschurchdp.com), Northwest Choral Society (nwchoralsociety.org), Northwest Symphony Orchestra (northwestsymphony.org), or Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia (healthywomenliberia.org). For info please call (847) 699-9003.

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