"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith." Shirley Mae (Jones) Evans, daughter, wife, eternal companion, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend entered into the peace of her Savior, August 4, 1998 after an arduous and courageous 13 year battle with breast cancer. She's finally freed from the torturous pains of mortality and Heaven's gain is now our loss.
Born February 2, 1935 in Salt Lake City to Walter Melvin Jones and Nellie Azetta Laney. Married David Warren Evans on August 19, 1954 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Attended Lincoln Elementary, Granite Junior High, and graduated from Granite High School in 1953.She lived her life as an example of compassion, giving, and service to others, despite cancer's constant pain and agony that she kept hidden for years. She fulfilled her greatest calling of wife, mother and grandmother with unconditional love and devotion. She also shared her love with the children of the Primary and served for more than 40 years in various ward and stake positions. For the last five years, she served as a Church Service Missionary on Temple Square as an usher with her devoted and loving missionary companion David.
Shirley was most proud of her rich pioneer heritage and her volunteer service for over 16 years with LDS Social Services. She spent countless hours staffing the helpline and assisting teenage women with pregnancy and adoption counseling. She was also a foster parent and received young women in at the times in their lives when they needed a true friend. She will truly leave a deep void in many lives.
Survived by husband, David; four children, Douglas (Diane) Evans, Oakley, UT; Mark (Raelyn) Evans; Julie (Monte) Sharp; and Jeannie (Rob) Damjanovich, each of Salt Lake; eight grandchildren, Rachael M. Evans, Jared M. Evans, Amanda J. Evans, Zachary D. Evans, Jacob A. Evans, Jennifer K. Evans, Brock S. Damjanovich, Mary M. Sharp; sister Ella Lockyer, St. George, UT; brothers, Bud (Lois) Jones, Salt Lake; Merlyn (Rosemary) Jones, St. George, UT; Donald (Ruth) Jones, Salt Lake. Preceded in death by parents; brother-in-law, Robert Lockyer; and grandson, Skyler W. Damjanovich.
Funeral service will be held Monday, August 10, 1998, 12 noon at the Rodeo Lane LDS Chapel, 6350 So. 1600 East, Salt Lake. Friends may call Sunday 5-7 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State and Monday 10-11:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
Special thanks to Dr. Kent DiFiore, M.D., the staff and nurses at Intermountain Hematology/Oncology, and the hospice staff and nurses at VistaCare for their untiring care and attention to Shirley. Her life is an example of compassion, devotion, and endurance. Her final sacrifice is a lesson of steadfast faith and true love to her family and friends. Victory will be hers in the next life and resurrection to come where there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness and peace.
"WE LOVE YOU MOM!"
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