Evelyn Johnson McRae

October 17, 1916September 29, 2012
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Evelyn Elizabeth Johnson McRae, 95, of Charlotte passed away on September 29, 2012 after several years of declining health.

Born on October 17, 1916 in Vale, Lincoln County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Winfield Chester Johnson and Mina Ritchie Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Gilchrist "Mac" McRae as well as siblings Eugene Johnson, Ethel J. Searcy, Fern J. Bass, Lillian J. Boiko, Cullen Johnson, Mace J. Brown, and Vivian J. Stegall. She is survived by her son, Donald G. McRae, Jr. and his wife, Martha, of Charlotte; her daughter, Sue McRae Ulshen and her husband, Martin, of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Michael McRae and Nancy McRae of Charlotte, and Sarah Powell and Danny Ulshen of Chapel Hill.

During WWII, Evelyn served her country as an employee of the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company in Wilmington, NC. It was there that she met her husband, “Mac”. The couple moved to Charlotte in the mid 1940’s. Evelyn retired in 1981 as a Director from Kiddie Korner Day Schools after a long career caring for young children. In retirement, she continued to work part-time at the Norwood Garden Center.

Evelyn was a long-time member of Commonwealth United Methodist Church where - until prevented by failing health - she was active in the Choir and Circle programs. The consummate gardener, she loved plants, flowers, and the outdoors. In addition to working in her own yard, she enjoyed helping friends and family whose thumbs may not have been so green!

The family would like to thank the staffs of Peak Resources and Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region for the care and support extended to Evelyn and her family.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 pm on Tuesday evening, October 2, 2012, at Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Road. The funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, October 3rd at Commonwealth United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Commonwealth United Methodist Church, 2434 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205 and the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Harry & Bryant Company is serving the family.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 3, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Evelyn Johnson McRae

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Donna and Joe Williamson

October 5, 2012

Our dear sweet brought light to our lives and we will always remember your kindness and caring. I'll treasure your memory forever

Ron & Steph Franklin

October 3, 2012

We are sad for your loss as we recognize the many, many years of shared memories your lives were privileged to experience. There can never be a substitute for parents but you were fortunate to have her so long in your life.
Ron & Steph Franklin (Candor, NC)

Dave & Vicki Orndoff

October 2, 2012

Miles may separate us, but you are close in our heart, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your precious memories of your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend will be with you forever giving you comfort of the wonderful love and life you shared together. We love you!
Dave & Vicki

clarence littlefield

October 2, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.