Carole Jo Evans

February 23, 1939August 23, 2020

Carole Jo (Kerley) Evans was born to Jack Roland Kerley and Georgia Weston (Howell) Kerley in Bristow, OK, on February 23rd, 1939. She moved with her parents to Edmond, OK, at the age of four. Carole Jo attended Edmond Public Schools, and graduated from Central State College in three years with a degree in business education and a minor in music. She was a charter member of the Epsilon Nu Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta. Carole Jo was organist and secretary for First Christian Church of Edmond and taught business classes at Star Spencer High School. In 1961, she married her high school sweetheart, J. Patrick Evans; they were married for 59 years. She supported her husband, Pat, through medical school, residency, and a successful orthopedic practice. She was active in the Junior League of Oklahoma City. She was an Elder, Deacon, and Trustee at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she was also active as a Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher and director, played handbells, was a member of Women of Westminster, and accompanied and led multiple childrens’ choirs. She was on the organizing team for the very successful mid-week WPC program, called Youth Club, that ran for decades.

In 1988, she and partner, Barbara Stanfield, opened Oklahoma Quiltworks, tapping a great unmet need for quilters in Oklahoma and beyond. Oklahoma Quiltworks was selected as a Top 10 quilting store in Better Homes and Gardens Quilting magazine. She was co-owner of the store for 17 years.

She truly loved the roles of wife, mother, and grandmother. Her children do not remember a classroom where she was not a homeroom mother or volunteered to help out in some way. She was there for every rehearsal, concert, performance, and competition for her children and grandchildren. Mom (Mimi) was their number one fan. She was a fiercely loyal “mama bear,” as her family was everything to her. A perfectionist in all things, she excelled at calligraphy, sewing, playing the piano, and running the Evans’ home, among other talents.

Carole Jo was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her husband, who died eight weeks prior to her death. She is survived by her children: Tracy Lyn Evans, John Patrick (Packy) Evans, Jr., Kristin Howell (Evans) Linholm, and husband, Nick Carl Linholm; grandchildren: Jenna Carole Linholm, Jackson Evans Linholm, Joshua Nicholas Linholm, and John Patrick Evans III. The family would like to thank caretakers, Sherry Brown and Renee Hill, and Mercy Hospice.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel, on Saturday, August 29th, at 11:00 a.m. Social distancing will be honored and masks required. For your convenience, the service will be available on livestream and will remain available for viewing anytime at Facebook live: and the church website online live stream:

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In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Carole Jo’s memory to Infant Crisis Services ( or WPC Foundation (


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Roberta Walker Flinn

August 31, 2020

CJ had the most beautiful smile & wonderful laugh. She will always be remembered as a loving , caring & most talented woman. Her Christianity was shown to others in so many ways.
Together again in Heaven with her true love- she will be missed.
Always in my heart, Sweet friend.

Patt Brantley

August 29, 2020

Carole Jo was by far one of the sweetest person I have ever known. I can't recall ever seeing her without that sweet smile on her face. As I came to work at quilt shop on Thursday's I would always tell her I just left my real job and came to my fun job! She always understood. I can't think of anyone that had such influence on my life other than your mom & dad: your dad on my professional life and your mom on my personnel life. I am so heart broken over their passing but so happy they are reunited in heaven. Both services were outstanding and beautiful and I know they are so proud of all of you. God's Blessings to all of you.

Patti Leeman

August 27, 2020

Memories of Carole Jo and Pat co-mingle through the many years I have enjoyed both of them at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Hardly a service or event went by that their entire family was not involved, making people feel welcome, helping on committees, sharing personal news at church dinners, sliding up and down the aisles doing 'pew crew' duties. In thinking of Carole Jo, what first comes to me is her positive outlook , great ideas and follow through, but especially have I admired the Christian family that she and Pat shared with WPC members. We are better as a church, and I am better as a person for having Carole Jo as a church friend.
Patti Leeman

Bill Sanford

August 26, 2020

I will always remember Carole Jo's baked fudge which she made for me every Christmas. Bill Sanford

Judy Havens

August 26, 2020

Carole Jo was a beautiful lady in every sense of the word. I have many memories of lovely gatherings at the Evans house. And Oh my, those Youth Club days!

Much love to Tracy, Kristin, Packy and the the sweet grandchildren.

Judy Havens

Carol Haynes

August 26, 2020

When Oklahoma Quiltworks began, my friends and I were so glad to have such a nice quilt store to shop! One of the nicest parts was Carole Jo’s beautiful smile as we entered! Carole was a wonderful lady❣️


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