Family and friends of Diane Andrea Evans mark her passing at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, November 10, 2020. Diane was born at Fort Pierce Memorial Hospital, June 21,1960, to parents Frank Douglas Sherwood Evans (1931–2017) and Alice Josephine Thomas Evans (1932–2012). Diane’s stepmother was Hedvig Tetens Nielsen Evans. Diane’s maternal grandparents were William and Helen M. Thomas of Rome, Georgia, and later Orlando, Florida. Diane’s paternal grandparents were Charles and Grace Willy Evans, originally from England, and then Canada, before settling in Orlando.
Diane graduated from Fort Pierce High School and studied at Indian River Community College (now Indian River State College). Diane, an accomplished watercolorist, loved the natural environment and produced many watercolor landscape paintings featuring the local beaches, waterways, and parks. Diane’s interests and talents also included fiber arts; surfing; native American artifacts, costumes, and lore; crafts; sailboats; wildlife and environmental conservation; as well as appreciation of traditional, folk, blues, and rock music.
Diane—youngest of four children—is survived by family: Sister Denise A. Evans Glass (Jerry); brothers Douglas Alan Evans (Susan) and Donald Anthony Evans; nephew Aaron Glass (Bridget); niece Christina Glass; and cousins Cheryl Evans Groothouse (Glen), Phillip Scott Evans (Lenita), and Peyton Evans. Dear friends near and far are longtime neighbors Kenneth and Kurt Unsell; onetime schoolmate Suzanne M. Blake Hooten (Gibson); Phillip Osteen; neighbors Lilly Gerwan (Mike); as well as others too numerous to mention. Diane leaves family and friends with precious memories of a uniquely gentle, loving soul.
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