Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 22, 2013

M. Annetta Evans

SUTTONS BAY — M. Annetta (Annette) Evans, 80, of Suttons Bay, passed away on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at her home.

Annette was born on Aug. 15, 1933, in Slayden, Tenn., the daughter of Eddie and Fannie (Smith) Shelton. On Nov. 14, 1953, in Ferndale, she married Albert A. Evans, who survives.

Annette elevated homemaking to a high art.

She cared for her husband, Al, and his demanding career as a graphic designer with Skidmore Sahratian. She shared his love of travel, driving the back roads and visiting small towns and touring the great cities. They shared a love and appreciation for art — high and low, folk and craft. They shared a passion for creating a home for their family and friends that was an expression of each of their aesthetic sensitivities.

She raised her two children, Karen and Kent, with joy and unabashed enthusiasm. She instilled a love of learning in her kids and made lifelong friends from Franklin who shared this passion. Her love was unconditional, for Kent, Karen and her favorite son-in-law Ken.

She took pride and delight in her home, a place nurtured with beauty, love and creativity. She entertained with formal dinner parties, backyard picnics with family and friends, an annual Christmas Eve open house with Franklin neighbors, and breakfast for every teenager found sleeping upstairs.

She knew farmers at the market, and found joy in the sheer visual beauty of a pear or a pumpkin. She loved to cook. She served chicken curry, kibbe and steak tartar to her kids when they were small, insisting that they try just one bite, and instilling a love of cooking and food in them both. She savored dinners with her husband and children as a time for conversation and sharing.

She helped to create a supportive and positive community working at the library, volunteering at the church, participating in her children’s school, belonging to the Garden Club, Questers, The Giggle Group, Stitchers and PEO.

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