Stacie Lynn Evans
February 2, 1971 – June 5, 2020
Stacie Lynn Evans, age 49, passed away peacefully at home June 5, 2020 from a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born February 2, 1971 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Richard and Glenda Meyer. Stacie married her high school sweetheart Kent on June 8, 1990. In the years to follow, an everlasting love that everyone hopes to achieve, flourished. Becoming a mother was Stacie’s dream. Her first child Jacob was born in September of 1993 and in November of 1996 they were blessed with a beautiful daughter Summer, both who carry on their mother’s legacy of kindness and compassion and were one of her proudest and most important parts of her life. She also had a love for her dogs Tyler and Maxwell as they provided a special something that any pet owner knows.
Through the years she traveled with her family to many places across the country and beyond, as it was a passion of hers as well. From New York to California, Alaska, Washington, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington D.C., Maryland, Louisiana, Tennessee, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Canada she traveled. An Alaskan cruise was the trip of a lifetime for Stacie, Kent, Jacob, and Summer where many memories were made. An unforgettable trip to Hawaii in 2015 celebrated Stacie and Kent’s 25th wedding anniversary.
Stacie enjoyed cooking and was another passion that began at an early age as she eagerly worked in the kitchen learning and perfecting many recipes from MeeMaw, Mernie, Nana, and Margret. As time passed, she became the family patriarch for holidays and special events and has passed her love of cooking to her daughter, Summer. The most requested sweet treat was “MeeMaw’s Chocolate Pie” (Jacob’s favorite thing to eat), which was and will always be a staple at family holidays and celebrations. One of Stacie’s favorite comfort foods was “Best Maid Bread and Butter Pickles” which family and friends quickly learned helped her through the tough times.
Preserving memories was also important to Stacie so she started scrapbooking. If something happened there is a picture for it somewhere in the plethora of scrapbooks. Stacie enjoyed working on these with her mother and daughter through her final days.
For many years Stacie worked in the nursing field not only caring for and helping individuals and families through illness and tough times, but striving to improve the quality of healthcare training, policies, and procedures. Her compassion and empathy for others was something larger than life itself. It is a beautiful thing when a career and passion can come together, and for Stacie that happened.
Being a caregiver was second nature to her. She began her nursing career in high school working part time as an aide at the Presbyterian Manor Senior Assisted living center in Wichita Falls, Texas. After graduation from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing, she started her professional career as a Registered Nurse at the Bethania Hospital in Wichita Falls and continued her journey at several other healthcare facilities to include United Regional Hospital and HealthSouth in Wichita Falls. In 2005, Stacie and family relocated to the DFW area where she expanded her knowledge of cardiology at the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital in Dallas, Texas. From there, Stacie advanced her bedside career into the administrative side of nursing by assisting with the training of nurses and opening of the Baylor Scott and White The Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas. Stacie also worked at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas and the North Central Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas where she was the Director of Quality Care. Nursing was such a big part of her life and helping others was something she did not even have to think about. She touched the lives of so many and always was ready to teach other’s how to be compassionate and strive to give patients the best possible care.
Stacie was honored by the Dallas Business Journal in August 2008 for her work accomplished at The Heart Hospital in Plano where she served as the Clinical Nurse Manager. Stacie helped implement a program called GRIP that included meetings at the end of every shift for the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department staff members. This program became a bonding ritual for the team and to ease stress for everyone. Stacie’s vision was “the more engaged the staff is - the better the patient outcome”. Stacie also had an integral role in the implementation of the state-of-art “universal bed concept” model of nursing care, where patients stay in one room during their treatment and care is brought to them. She also focused on meeting staff members needs as a nursing shortage persisted.
When Stacie was asked why she wanted to be a nurse, she said “I was looking for a profession that allowed me to positively impact the lives of others. I also liked the flexibility of shift work when my children were young. Over the years nursing has provided numerous opportunities for personal growth and professional advancement”.
Her greatest accomplishment, without question, was raising two remarkable children who she loved so dearly. Stacie was a wonderful mother, loving wife, amazing daughter, caring sister, heartfelt aunt, compassionate nurse, and great dog mom/grandma.
Stacie is survived by her husband Kent; son Jacob; daughter and son-in-law Summer and Ian Runyan; mother and step-father Glenda and Jackie Henry; brother Ronnie Meyer; brother and wife Randy and Kristen Meyer; 6 nieces and nephews Michaela, Dylan, Brendan, Campbell, Trinity, and Max; her dog Maxwell and grand dog Bear, all whom she deeply loved. She was preceded in death by her father Richard Meyer in 2005 and beloved pets Tyler, Sammy, Hannah and Skittles.
Always so gracious, giving, and strong, Stacie wished to convey a final “Love you” to everyone… The family expresses their love and gratitude for all the support, thoughts, and prayers through Stacie’s journey with Pancreatic Cancer.
There will be a private memorial ceremony and the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made be made to the following account to be used for a permanent memorial at a local botanical garden.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Stacie Lynn Evans
June 11, 2020
Stacie was a mentor and colleague, but more importantly someone I was blessed to call friend. From the moment I met her, I looked up to her for the force of nature she was as a nurse and a human. Now I will just look up....and remember her fondly. Love and miss you.
June 10, 2020
I knew Stacie at The Heart Hospital, where for a time we shared office space. She was so intelligent, kind, and compassionate. I admired and respected her greatly. My condolences to her family. I know she will be missed so much but left behind many beautiful memories for all of you who loved and treasured her.
June 10, 2020
I knew Stacy from her time working at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital. She was a beautiful and caring nurse. She always asked me, a chaplain, to help when patients or staff were having a hard time. She was very kind. It was an honor to have worked with her. The world is - and forever will be - better because of her. I cherish her memory. I also share in the profound sense of loss. - Mike Davis
June 10, 2020
I will always remember Stacy & the impression she left on me while working with her at Baylor J&J Hamilton Heart Hospital & The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. Stacy was a kind & respected Nurse leader at both facilities & I was honored to have known her. I was so sad to hear of her passing & will keep her family in my prayers. May the God of all comfort be with each of you & give you peace & strength through out this difficult time of loss.
June 8, 2020
Praying for strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time. Infinite Blessing.
June 8, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Stacie at North Central and always appreciated her attention to detail, willingness to train/educate and the support she provided to each department!
I'm so sorry for your families loss. She will be missed!
June 8, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Stacie was a wonderful lady who will be missed.