Betty Jean Evans of Blanco, Texas, was carried away on the wings of Angels Wednesday, June 9, 2010. She was born in Blanco on February 7, 1928, to Alex Baxter Evans and Pearl Elizabeth Massey Evans, who predeceased her. She is also predeceased by brothers Ray Evans and Holmes Evans and sisters Frances Wagner, Virgil Williams and Venita Beall.
Jean graduated from Blanco High School and received her BA and MA Degrees from St. Mary’s University. She had a long and illustrious career in Civil Service, retiring in l978, at Brooks Air Force Base. She was a strong advocate for equal opportunities for women and mentored a number of young ladies in their professional careers. She was the “wind beneath the wings” of many fine Air Force doctors and officers.
Aunt Jean, as she was called by her friends and family, was best known for her avid interest and expertise as a birder. She served for several years as President of the Audubon Society of San Antonio and made trips all over the state, country and world to watch her beautiful birds. Several years ago, she spent a day each week for six years observing the birds in Blanco State Park. She then wrote a pamphlet, “Birds of Blanco State Park, A Field Checklist” for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which is still available in the park office. On May 24, 2010, in a private ceremony at the park, a newly constructed bird watching station was dedicated in her honor and named for her. For years, she wrote a nature column for the Blanco County News.
She loved her many dogs and cats and fed all the wildlife on her place outside of Blanco. Aunt Jean was also a Master Gardener and her yard is covered with beautiful plants, thanks to her green thumb and all the recent rain.
Aunt Jean will be greatly missed by her many friends and nieces and nephews. She is survived by Bud, Beth, Judy, and Roger Evans and his son, Ethan, of Blanco; Tom Williams and Irene White of San Antonio, Wendell Williams of Brownwood and Lyndon Williams of Barksdale; Ronnie and Linda Evans of Oklahoma City; Bobbie Lookabaugh of Midland; Reagan Wagner of Johnson City and Randa Wagner Daude of Killeen. She is also survived by many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Aunt Jean’s family will be forever grateful to Dorothy Ray and her daughters, Kelsi and Caitlan, for their wonderful and loving care which they have given her for many years, and especially for the last two years of her life. You made it possible for her to stay in the home she loved, with the animals and birds she loved, until the end of her life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 11, at 4 p.m. at the Croft Funeral Home in Blanco. A memorial donation may be given to any non-profit animal shelter or group.