Virginia Mae Evans, 97, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. She was born in Stem, North Carolina to Macy Edward Evans and Allie Lee Oakley Evans on August 11, 1922. She moved to the Peninsula in 1941 and has been a resident of Poquoson since 1957, serving as the General Registrar from 1975 - 2002. In 1994, she earned the professional title of Certified Professional General Registrar through the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia.
Throughout her active life, Ms. Evans had been involved in many community activities and leadership roles. Some of these include President of the Tidewater Tuberculosis and Respiratory Association, Regional Vice-Chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, President of the Poquoson Women’s Club for two terms, President of the Peninsula President’s Council, Tidewater District Chairman of Health and Mental Health of the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the Vice-Chairman of the York County Republican Women’s Club. She served as a substitute school teacher and was awarded 1st place in the Peninsula Volunteer of the Year award in 1966 and also earned two certificates as a Peninsula Volunteer. She was President of the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Christian Association, and a Trustee of the York County Community Chest. She was a member of the Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Charles Parish Chapter of the National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ms. Evans attended the College of Hampton Roads and was a graduate of the Norfolk-Portsmouth Real Estate School. She also completed numerous courses at the Alpha-Omega College of Real Estate. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University in 2001. Additionally, she studied five different languages at Christopher Newport University and completed several computer courses at Thomas Nelson Community College.
In addition to her duties as General Registrar, Ms. Evans also worked as a realtor, most recently with Southern Realty of Newport News. She was a member of the National Association of Realtors.
Her family and friends will remember her for her love of God and people. One of her favorite pastimes was cooking. She spent many hours in the kitchen cooking for family and friends. Her chicken soup was known to heal the worst of colds, and many have said that her Pecan Pie was the best that was ever made.
As an avid traveler, she was known to take cross country trips well into her eighties.
Ms. Evans is preceded in death by her daughter, Janice Carden Wilson; her parents; her brothers, Macy E. Evans, Jr. and Wallace Dorcey “Teatum” Evans; and her sisters, Elma Bedell Evans Watson, Ruby Lee Evans Farmer and Lue Rea Evans Burchette.
Ms. Evans is survived by her daughters, Bonnie W. Badura (Vic) of New Market, Alabama and Connie W. Bush (John) of Yorktown, VA.; her grandchildren, Denise W. Sanchez (June Forrest) of Poquoson, VA., Jeffrey S. Wilson of Poquoson, VA., Edward G. Wilson, Jr. of Yorktown, VA., V. Joseph Malta, II of Edgewood, Washington, , Stephanie Bush Jones (Bradley) of Henrico, VA., Lisa M. Bush of Atlanta, Georgia, and Allie H. Thornton (Martin) of Birmingham, Alabama,; great-grandsons, Sammy Sanchez of Poquoson, VA., Christopher and Nicholas Wilson of Virginia Beach, VA., Asher & Graydon Malta of Edgewood, Washington, Tyler and Christopher Jones of Henrico, VA.; brother, James E. Evans of Chewelah, Washington; sister, Allie Jean Ide of Oxford, North Carolina as well as numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private Celebration of Life service will be held at future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Orcutt Baptist Church, 653 Baxter Lane, Newport News, Virginia 23602 or share some time with a “homebound” person in Ms. Evans honor.
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Orcutt Baptist Church
653 Baxter Lane, Newport News VA 23602