Ruby Jean Sharp Evans

Published 8:03 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Ruby Jean Sharp Evans went to meet her King Jesus and be in heaven on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at the age of 79.

Born Aug. 10, 1933, in Isabel, she got married at the age of 19 to Charles Willard Evans. She celebrated 20 years of marriage before the loss of her loving husband. She was a loving mother of three beautiful children, Deborah, Linda and Charlie. She was brought up during the Great Depression. She had to walk two miles just to catch the school bus and many times with no shoes on. She spent many hours working the family garden, picking cotton and vegetables. Sometimes she and her siblings had only a biscuit or a cold sweet potato to eat before hitting the fields to work after coming in from school.

She played basketball for Enon High School from 1948 until 1951. After graduating from high school, she got her first job working for South Central Bell as a switchboard operator in New Orleans between 1950 and 1953. She also taught cake decorating and quilting at the YWCA in Bogalusa. She would work in the concession stand for the roller skating nights at American Academy School. She served on the Board of Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy and worked many functions for the school from the early 1970s to 1984.

Ruby and her two sisters made a quilt for Greg Genco that was entered into the Washington Parish Fair and took home an award-winning ribbon. She also worked for Bogalusa Glass. She was a faithful employee to Lee’s Creek Farm and Ranch Supply during the early 1980s. She also worked at Walmart in the deli from the late 1980s until 2002 when she retired.

Ruby was a Christian woman who spent the majority part of her life serving the Lord. She loved the Lord with all her heart. I can remember hearing her talk about just how excited she would be to get to heaven and meet God. Her kids could not ask for a better mom. She was very loving, kind and considerate of others. She never met a stranger and liked to help anyone who needed it.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles Willard Evans; her parents, Nathan and Alda Mizell Sharp; and numerous in-laws.

Leaving behind to cherish her memory are her three children, Deborah Evans Chester and husband, Scott, and Linda Evans Pevy and husband, Jeffery, all of Minden, and Charles Nathan Evans and Brian Lane Rester of Plainview. She leaves behind three grandchildren, Chance Whitten of Minden, Jessica Hatchett of Minden and her fiance’, Steven Loveland, who live in Plainville, Conn., and Dalton Willard Pevy of Minden; two great-grandchildren, Xavier Whitten and Lucas Whitten of Minden.

She is also survived by four siblings, Everett Sharp and wife, Peggy, Beulah Enman and husband, Dana, Caroleen Johnson and husband, Robert, and J. L. Sharp and wife, Sue, all of Isabel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Scott Chester, Jeffery Pevy and Roger Dutruch, and her three grandchildren, Chance Whitten, Jessica Hatchett and Dalton Pevy. Honorary pallbearers will be Xavier Whitten and Lucas Whitten.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation to be held at Brown-McGehee Funeral Home. The wake will be Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5-9 p.m. The funeral service will begin at noon on Friday, with Rev. George Moore and Rev. Pete Underwood officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Mizell Cemetery in Isabel next to her beloved husband, Willard.

Special thanks to St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Dr. Gabriel Vargas, St. Tammany Parish Hospice —Tina, Frances, Dementri and Maggie —, Lakeshore Hospice and Southeast Home Health Services and Eagan Home Health Services/Eagan Hospice. Also special thanks to all family and friends of the family who helped us through this difficult time with food, visits and prayers. We appreciate everything.