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Anna Marie Evans
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Anna Marie Blankenship Evans
September 15, 1933 to February 10, 2018

Anna Marie was born to Arthur Gene Blankenship and Katherine Marie Girmus Blankenship on September 15, 1933 in Port Townsend WA. She attended schools in Port Townsend, Tacoma, Poulsbo, and Seattle. She graduated from Garfield High School in 1951, then attended Seattle University for two years. She moved to Tacoma in 1953, and was married to Bill Evans of Evans Bakery in 1959. She lived with her husband and daughter in University Place. She worked full time for local businesses, and was active in several organizations. Her great loves were her granddaughter and namesake, Anna Marie, the ocean, reading a good romance, talking Politics, crossword puzzles, and Bingo!

Anna attended Port Townsend Elementary for first and third grade, and then several other schools in Tacoma, Poulsbo, and Seattle. Finally, her family settled in the Madison Park area of Seattle. She graduated from Garfield High School in 1951 (along with Quincy Jones, the musician). She often talked of how she loved the diversity of the school. Her poetry was published and she played badminton in her teenage years. She was also a straight A student. She was a Rainbow girl at Seattle #5 Assembly. She loved to pal around with her cousins in Port Townsend and Seattle. There were many stories of their adventures.

After High School graduation, she attended Seattle University. Baptized Catholic, she finally received her catechism from the mandatory religion classes. She studied German and took to higher education. After two years, and running out of funds, she began looking for full time employment. She said Boeing wanted to hire her, but she declined the job fearing the planes might fall apart as she lacked the engineering skills!

In 1953, She found herself living and working in Tacoma. First, for an Airline ticketing company, then for Petrie's Service Station as a bookkeeper. It was because of this job, that she would meet her future husband Bill Evans of Evans Bakery. They met at the Blue Note Tavern after he noticed her eating lunch alone everyday when he delivered bread. The owner of the tavern introduced them. They were married in September 1959 at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tacoma. After her daughter Katherine was born in 1960, she quit the Service Station job to stay home with her new baby. It was about two years later when she began working a night shift at a bank. That led to numerous other full time bookkeeping jobs. Some of the longest were for New Tacoma/Old Tacoma cemeteries (1972-1980) and Best Western motels (1984-1996).

Ann worked full time, but also managed to be active in several organizations. She helped at the annual Festivals at the church where she was married. She was a Member of the Rebekah's and also Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was the Democratic Precinct Committee Chairwoman for the 28th District, holding Caucasus in her home for several elections, including McGovern 1972. When she was a Campfire Girl Leader from 1968-1972. One year she had 24 girls in the troop. When she asked for help at the District office, they told her to ask Ann Evans, she could help. She said, "I am Ann Evans!" Later, she was a Mother Advisor for Tyler Rainbow Assembly. This was one of her favorite volunteer jobs. She loved working with the teenage girls and kept in touch with the girls throughout her life.
During this time, she plugged away at her Bachelor degree. She took classes at TCC and The Evergreen State College Tacoma. She was one quarter shy of receiving her 4 year degree.

Later in life, she spent a lot of time playing Bingo with her husband. They traveled around the state on short trips and occasionally went to Oregon, California, or Nevada. Eventually, they made a long road trip with their daughter, son in law, and granddaughter to a family reunion in Nebraska in 2000.

Her great love was her granddaughter and Namesake, Anna Marie. She was most proud of her Catholic education and graduation from Seattle University. She attended all of her school events including a graduation from ADA Academy as a Software Engineer in 2017, even though battling cancer.

Ann had a short, but brave battle with Peritoneal, Ovarian cancer. Her attitude was positive until the end. She was able to enjoy Bingo at Life Manor, a movie at the theater, live theater, visits with her family and friends, and a burger dip now and then. Thank you to Dr. Stringfellow, Dr. Masood, the nurses and staff at Tacoma General Cancer Care Center, Multicare Hospice, Life Manor, Manor Care Gig Harbor, Fr. Seraphim and the Philoptochos Society and Daughters of Penelope at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, and all the love shown by her family and friends. Here's to the "quality" of life!

Ann died peacefully on February 10, 2018. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Mason (Greg), granddaughter Anna Marie Wilson (Bryan), brother Bill Blankenship (Kathleen), sister in law Ethel Ann Evans Barbas, and beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A private, family graveside burial will be held followed by a public memorial reception at the Life Manor Independent Living dining hall on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12:30 PM. Remembrances can be made to American Cancer Society www.cancer.org, Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org, or Camp Agape NW www.campagapenw.net.


Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.
253-566-1008


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