Evelyn Mae ANDREWS
July 9, 1933 – January 9, 2021
Evelyn “Evie” Mae Andrews July 9, 1933 - January 9, 2021. After a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and dementia, Evelyn passed away peacefully at her home in Tualatin.
Evelyn was born in The Dalles, Oregon to Ernest and Margaret Kohler. Her sister Margaret Ann joined the family 2-1/2 years later. They grew up together on their family farm in The Dalles surrounded by many Aunties and Uncles. Evie attended The Dalles High School, where she was involved in many extra-curricular activities and graduated in 1951. She then went on to attend Oregon State University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics in 1955.
In 1954, she married Erwin Pearson and together they had 4 children; Julie, Deborah, Timothy, and Cheri.
In 1977, Evie married George Andrews their union created a blended family of 8 children. They lived in their beloved log cabin home from the time they were married until her death. They joyfully hosted many family events including weddings, birthdays, holidays, and reunions. Evie and George also loved going camping in their motorhome at Crooked River near Prineville with many of their children and grandchildren. They also traveled across the country and Europe.
Evie returned to school in 1964 to complete her endorsement in Elementary Education. She went on to student teach at Tualatin Elementary and continued her entire 30-year career teaching First Grade at the same school. Her positive impact on the Tualatin Elementary community, led the district to name a wing of the school after her. During her career as an educator she received many awards for excellence in education. These include The Oregon Teacher of the year, The Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award, and the Milken Educator Award.
After she retired, she substituted for many years exclusively at Tualatin Elementary. Further expanding her impact on the youth of Tualatin. For those of you that knew her, you know that once Evie met you, you were forever a friend in her eyes. Her unconditional kindness and caring for others was truly amazing.
She also taught Sunday School for 50 years at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. She was an inspiration and a role model to students and staff alike.
Evie is survived by her husband George, her sister Margaret Kohler, her children; Julie (Doug), Deborah (Jim), Timothy (Susan), Cheri (Rob), her step-children; Vicki (Bill), Jim (Deborah), Lauri (Leroy), & Dave, 27 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 2 more great-grandchildren on the way, and numerous extended family members.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her honor to Tualatin Elementary, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Evie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A celebration of her amazing life will be held in July, 2021. An exact date and location will be shared via this site at a later time.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Evelyn Mae ANDREWS
January 25, 2021
Evie was simply one of the most pleasant, caring, and loving people I have ever known. I met Evie in the 60’s as a new teenager when she started student teaching with my mom, Ellen Kriz. Soon, our families comingled sharing BBQs, camping, trip to Disneyland, and many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Oh, the infamous celebratory excitement from those nights! What a wonderful soul Evie is. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Evie was always there for my Mom and will always have a prime place in my heart!
January 25, 2021
During my 15 years as State Superintendent of Schools one of my favorite tasks was to present the Oregon Teacher of the Year award.. Presenting that award to Evie Andrew’s at a surprise assembly at her school was an exciting day. She was a great teacher and an outstanding representative of the great teachers in Oregon. She became my friend. Children who had the privilege to have her as a teacher were truly blessed.
Guy and Joy Smith
January 12, 2021
We send our heart felt condolences to George and family after the sad loss of your dear Evie.
We will never forget your kind hospitality when you invited us to your home so that Joy and Evie could discuss their Kohler family roots.
Enjoying a nice lunch, seeing old family pictures, and learning about your interesting businesses was a delight. And learning that Evie had received an Oregon Teacher of the Year Award was special.
Guy and Joy Main Smith