Faye Iten Evans, 84, of Lac du Flambeau, died Jan. 3, 2012, at her home in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was born in Clinton, Iowa, March 13, 1927, the daughter of William H. and Beatrice (Beam) Iten.
Growing up, Faye’s family enjoyed annual summer trips to Fence Lake in northern Wisconsin. Faye, along with her brother, Bill, and sister, Shirley, spent many hours on the lake boating, water skiing, and canoeing.
Faye’s high school years were spent at Ferry Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. After graduation, she stayed in the Chicago area and attended Northwestern University in Evanston. Faye was a member of the Tri Delta sorority and graduated with a degree in English in 1949. It was at NU that she met her future husband, James Trimble Evans.
Faye and Jim married in 1953 and were deeply involved with their five children who enjoyed activities from softball to hockey, ice-skating, tennis and the debate club. In addition to sporting events, Faye was passionate about her children’s education. Faye enjoyed an active role at Lake Forest Academy as chairperson of the annual antique show and later was privileged to be inducted into the school’s hall of fame. She also participated in her local PEO chapter.
After their children grew and settled across the country, Faye and Jim felt called to northern Wisconsin, built a log home, and retired to enjoy their home on the lake. In the quiet of the Northwoods she enjoyed working puzzles, leadership in her church, lunching with friends, and summers filled with visiting family.
Faye’s husband, Jim, preceded her in death. She is survived by her five children, Jamie (Thom) Miller of Kalamazoo, Mich., William (Beth) Evans of Monument, Colo., Margaret Johnson of Denver, Colo., Tom Evans of Holly, Mich., and Sally (Andy) Vorbrich of Kalamazoo, Mich.; six grandchildren, Katie, Annie, Jim, Erica, Will, and Steven; and one great-grandson, Charlie.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 4 p.m., at the Community Presbyterian Church of Lac du Flambeau, with a reception following the service at the Placid Inn, 1520 County Highway F, Minocqua, WI 54548.
Donations may be sent in memory of Faye Evans to the Community Presbyterian Church of Lac du Flambeau, 643 Old Abe Road, Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538.