OBITUARY

Ann Smith Evans

November 6, 1947January 2, 2021
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Ann Evans November 6, 1947 – January 2, 2021

Ann Evans was born November 6, 1947 in Port Arthur, Texas to parents Violet and Oron Lewis Smith. She moved to Sugar Land in 1983 and spent most of her life in the area.

A talented hairdresser, Ann had a great eye for style, and she was as much a counselor to her clients as she was incredible stylist. Many of her clientele were not only loyal to her as their stylist, but were counted among her closest friends. They told her their stories and shared their joys and pains. Ann was there for them not only to listen but also to uplift, comfort, and advise. Her wisdom and caring were a gift she gave to many: clients, friends, waiters in restaurants, and almost anyone who came into contact with her. She knew the life stories of her nurses and doctors at MD Anderson and hugs in the hallway for them were a common occurrence. She often joked that she had a sign on her forehead that said, “Tell me your story.” But she invited that trust and treated those confidences with the utmost respect and caring.

An avid gardener that took pride in hers, she was meticulous in its care. Trips to the nursery every spring and fall - and often in between - would find the car filled to the brim with new plants and flowers of all sorts and colors. Pots of color and texture and lots of bunny ornaments decorated her garden and made it even more special. Sitting on the patio sharing time with husband Rick was a joy for her, and her garden was especially appreciated by her friends as it allowed them to visit with her in these trying Covid times.

Ann loved to travel and even after her diagnosis over 5 years ago, managed trips with her friends to Paris, Charleston, and Natchez, Canyon Lake, Lake Palestine, and St. Francisville. Other travels included trips to Israel, Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, fall color in the Northeast, Mount Rushmore, and New York City. Fredericksburg and Gruene were favorite Texas destinations. Trips with Ann always included a little sightseeing and shopping and a nice Chardonnay over dinner at the end of the day. And yes, always some extra time to hear the stories of the wait staff was a bonus.

Ann’s most abiding gift was her faith in God. She scheduled the first 15 minutes of every day for study and prayer. Her Bibles are filled with notes and she was always happy to discuss her current reading of books on faith and devotion. She kept a constant vocabulary list. Margaret Siff, Joan Chittister and the devotional, “From Jesus Calling,” were favorites. She was always questioning, learning, and pursuing a greater understanding of the Bible and God’s plan for her life. Her faith gave her the strength to make the very most of life in the five years that God gave her after her diagnosis.

Most of all, Ann was loved because she loved. Her friendships were deep and meaningful and she had a way of making all of those in her life feel special. She was everything that is kind. She leaves behind her devoted husband and the love of her life, Rick Evans, beloved son, Patrick Davidson, and many loving friends and family.

Please find comfort in a few of Ann’s favorite quotes and verses:

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:15

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13.

In lieu of flowers make donations to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Or The Ronald McDonald House

https://www.rmhc.org/donate Ronald McDonald House ( Ronald Mc Donald)

gifts.mdanderson.org MD Anderson ( M D Anderson )

The service will be streamed via Facebook Live on The Settegast-Kopf Co @ Sugar Creek page it can be linked from our dignity memorial web site.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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  • Reception

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Leann Cole Cavicchi

January 13, 2021

Ann was my mother’s hairdresser, friend, confidante, fellow flower lover and so much more. When my mom got sick, Ann would go to her house to do her hair for her. After my mom passed away Ann was one of the people on my “must-see when I go to Sugar Land” list. She meant so much to our family because of her devotion to my mother. Her positive attitude and faith were unsurmountable. I am so happy that she and Rick found each other. I never met Rick, but I know Ann loved him dearly. I will miss seeing her always happy face with I visit Sugar Land. Ann, I know that you and Verna will plant some incredible flower gardens together up there!

Barbara Conway

January 13, 2021

Ann was my unofficial counselor and spiritual guide. Our visits and phone calls, which could last for hours, uplifted me and made me feel like we had delved into the deepest depths of whatever we were talking about. Although I know she had many close friends who had known her more closely and longer than I had, she had a way of making me feel singularly special and worthy. I'll miss her quiet intensity, her wisdom, and her laughter so very much!
Barbara Conway

Mary Ann Taylor

January 13, 2021

Ann was one of my dearest friends - not because I saw her often since we moved away from Houston - but because she always remained near in my heart. I looked forward to every appointment I had with her because it was a wonderful visit and a good therapy session. I always came away looking better, certainly, but feeling better, too. Her sunny disposition and her caring spirit were so welcome in so many lives. I know I wasn't the only one who felt that way. She was much loved and, like the obituary said, that was because she loved. We will all miss our dear friend, Ann, so very much. Jim and I send condolences and love to Rick and Patrick and to all her friends.

Faith Wainwright

January 11, 2021

Ann was my hairdresser for 30 years!! ... as well as my friend and counselor. We laughed together over so many things and we prayed together when we faced Trials.
Her response to her diagnosis was acceptance with a strong trust in her God to do His will . She was brave and positive until her last breath. She left us with a powerful example of how a Christian lives and how she dies. I will miss her always.

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