Patricia Ann Evans, (Nana, Pat, Patty Ann), 76, of Thrall, passed away Feb. 12, 2021. Pat was born June 19, 1944, in Rock Springs, to the late Floyd A. and Carmella Cantrell.
She graduated from Taylor High School, and she continued to earn a psychology degree at ACC. She was married to Joe A. Evans in June of 1972, until his passing in 1988. S
he worked as an executive secretary for the Railroad Commission for many years, and then went on to run Texas Canadian Transport until she retired in 2009.
Pat loved the Lord first and foremost. She looked forward to every Sunday at church. Her family and family gatherings were her heart and joy. Every year she hosted the family Father’s Day reunion and Thanksgiving dinner. Love abundant was where she was. Love for her family, and a houseful of people is what made her entire year.
She led a lifeful of diversity and passion which bore many interests. While raising her children, there were many coast trips that live in our hearts, with many great stories. Her home was a place where everyone went, friends and family always welcome. While raising her children, she also found time to attend college. In her 30s she earned a degree in psychology.
Later in life she found a great fondness for horses, that motivated her to train and compete in local horse shows. Her world was also opened to the cutting horse competition. Something she also contributed to and learned from the very best, where the EO Ranch was born. Her home in the country was her heaven, she said this often, sitting on her deck enjoying the beauty of nature.
Throughout her life there was always music and dancing. She also enjoyed crocheting, gardening and bird watching. Naming and identifying birds that came to visit was always exciting to her.
She was known for her cake decorating, canning and growing bigger than normal vegetables. Christmas divinity as well as fudge and baking cookies to give to special people was a Christmas tradition. Upon retirement, she traveled to beaches where she found peace and tranquility in the sound of the ocean.
In the last few years of her life the Lord became her saving grace with the love of her church family. Then as her illness progressed, she cherished her regular phone calls and visits from family and friends.
Family movie night was her fun for the week, napping so she could stay up late. Her faithful dog always tucked in by her side.
We know she is in a better place, but we will all miss her forever. We will miss her brilliant smile, zest, flare, laughter, wisdom, guidance and unforgettable beauty inside and out.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd A. and Carmella Cantrell; husband, Joe A. Evans; loving friend, Jerry O’Riley; son, Darrin Wayne Dale; brother, Anthony (Tony) Cantrell; sisters, Debby Ann Cantrell and Edith Cantrell; and a niece, Rachel Rose.
Pat is survived by daughters, Tresa Marie Dale and Lora LaRain Bevka and husband Frank and a son James A. Evans; two brothers, Henry M. Cantrell and wife Trish, Floyd D. Cantrell and wife Brenda; two sisters, Monalisa Sirwaitis and husband Bob, and Mary Rose Cantrell; grandchildren, Spencer Gray, Seth Bevka, Micki Bevka, Frankie Sharpe and husband Donovan, Ashley Bevan, Lindsy Bartlett and husband Gary, Chelsea Krenek and husband Mitchell; eight great grandchildren, nine nieces and 11 nephews.
Pat was lovingly taken care of at home by her two daughters and niece. The family would like to thank Lucy and Natalie for their excellent care and love.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes you consider making a memorial donation to the Shiloh Baptist Church.
A memorial will be held Saturday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church followed by a lunch and celebration at Pat’s house.