Claudia Rae Evans

September 20, 1932 - February 3, 2016
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Each of our lives matter and have purpose. Some of us go through our life’s journey, not really understanding our purpose, others are fortunate enough to recognize their purpose early on, and make choices to fulfill their destiny. Claudia Rae Del Lee Evans was a person who came to understand early in her life that her purpose was to be a vessel of love, support and of service to others.

Claudia was born on September 20, 1932 to the late Katherine Simpson and Bammer Lee in Tyler, Texas. She was the fourth generation Tyler native. She was the first born in a family of fifteen children. She recalled that the first one of her siblings she consciously remembered caring for was her sister Belvia (Betty), who was seven years younger than she. This was probably one of her first forays on her journey of love, care, service and support for others, as she played a pivotal role in caring for her all of her siblings. Understanding African American culture, particularly in her era, the oldest daughter takes on the role of surrogate mother, to her younger siblings. Claudia took her role seriously and continued in that role throughout her life.

In 1944 the family relocated to Omaha, Nebraska. In September of 1945 she enrolled in South High School, the same school her “sister Aunt” Margie had graduated from in June. In 1949 Claudia graduated from South High and began her studies at Omaha State (which eventually became the University of Nebraska, Omaha). She thrived both socially and academically majoring in Early Childhood Education and joining Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. In 1951 her life took a different focus when she met a young man in the Air Force stationed in Omaha. She eventually married that “young man” Albert Evans, and together they had five children; Lawrence, Sherri, Michael, Angela and Martin. Her life as an Air Force Wife, allowed her an opportunity to travel both domestically and internationally, as Albert was stationed in Texas, Alabama, Colorado, Nevada and Japan.

At the age of 29 Claudia decided to pursue a career that would allow her to utilize her gifts of love, caring and support and enrolled in Washoe County Nursing School in Reno, Nevada where she successfully completed her studies and became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Over the next thirty years she worked for George Wheelwright, Vallejo General Hospital, Bayside Convalescent Home and for Lawrence Posner M.D.

At the age of 35 her beloved mother passed away suddenly leaving 5 children under the age of 18. Claudia said she instantly knew she had to move to California and care for her siblings, and her Grandmother Clara, because its what her mother would want her to do. Her motherly duties increased from 4 to 9. She watched the children grow, graduate from high school and pursue various professional and academic endeavors. Her legacy of love and support was imparted to her children many of whom have chosen professions that allow them to practice what she taught them about giving back and supporting their fellow man. It should be noted that in addition to her “brood of nine, ” She loved, cared for, supported and mentored many of her nieces and nephews and her children’s friends.

Claudia was an avid reader and often traded romance novels with her beloved “Sister-Aunt” Margie. She loved crosswords puzzles and would spend countless hours completing numerous challenging puzzles. Claudia was a true sports fan! On Sunday afternoon’s you would find her glued to the television cheering on her favorite team with her boys. She was an avid 49ers fan and loved the Denver Broncos.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, her “Sister-Aunt” Margie James, two sisters, Sandra Diane Cook and Belvia Wilson, and two brothers Horace Lee and Willie Lee as well as her life long love and best friend Albert Evans and their infant son Lawrence. She leaves to cherish her memory two sons Michael Evans, and Martin Evans (Maricsa Evans), two daughters Sherri Evans (Abdullah Bomani) and Angela Evans (Malkia Morris), two sister-daughters Cathy Cook and Judy Beard (Kenneth Beard) and three “Brother-Son’s” James Cook, Ronald Cook (Belinda Cook), Stevie Lee ( Veronica Lee) as well as four sisters Priscilla Lee, Charlene Lee, Barbara Thompson (Leroy Thompson) and Clara Jewel Barrow and one brother Billy Lee and their families, four grandsons Jourdyn Marshall-Evans, Zion Linger, Noah Evans and Nathaniel Evans as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loved ones and great friends.

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Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Date: Friday, February 12, 2016

Time: 11:00 am

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Born: September 20, 1932
Died: February 3, 2016

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J Williams posted on 2/5/16

Dear Evans Family, May God bless your family with peace and comfort as you remember your beloved at this time. Martin, everyone here at LACOE GAIN has you in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate your Mother's Home going. May the Grace of God, and the love of family and friends carry you through this journey. Sincerely, Jessica Williams


Martin Evans posted on 10/28/16

Still missing you everyday...


Martin Evans posted on 4/3/17

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Forever in my heart. Marty


Introspective Ki posted on 2/4/16

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SUSIE BAILEY posted on 2/5/16

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Martin Evans posted on 2/6/16

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Stevie and Veronica Lee and Family posted on 2/8/16

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Winifred Jones posted on 2/5/16

Martin, Maricsa, Noah, Nate and the Evans Family, You are in my prayers for peace and comfort. I also pray that all of you are enveloped with warm, tender, and happy memories of a loving and caring mother. May her legacy continue to bless lives through those she poured into. God bless you all, Winifred Bryant Jones Los Angeles County Office of Education


Onica Ross posted on 2/5/16

Martin and Family, What a beautiful life. My prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss and grieving; but God has truly carried on the legacy of Ms. Claudia that is so evident in the lives of her offspring and extended family. Love & Blessings, Onica


Randy Brambila posted on 2/5/16

Dear Martin and Family, I know this is a very difficult time. Please know that you have my thoughts and prayers for God's strength and sustenance. Bless you all... Randy Brambila


Paula Harper-Johnson posted on 2/5/16

Martin, May the Good Lord provide you and your family with peace and comfort. Know that me and family will always be here for you. You are a great person and a wonderful friend. In your Mom's eyes I see you. Well done Mrs. Claudia Rae Evans, thank you for giving us an incredible friend in your son Martin. Love always, Paula and Miles Harper-Johnson


Martin Evans posted on 2/6/16

Mommy, mommy, mommy ... My memories are too numerous and too joyous to capture in one post. I feel so blessed and privileged to have been able to call you mother. When you first became ill you told me that your love for me was eternal, and not even death could stop you from loving and comforting me. I hold on to those words and I will use them to lift me up in my darkest days. Thank you for always making me feel safe and secure. My love for you is eternal as well. Your Baby Boy (Yes Sherri I am the baby) Marty


Larry Posner posted on 2/8/16

To many things to say: I was lucky enough to work with Claudia and love her for two decades. We both wanted to care for and heal people and make the world a better place. Quite a team! We worked hard...it was wonderful. Erica and I were very lucky to have her in our lives. She will be missed by so many people, but she really lived BIG!! Our love to all of the Evans family, Larry and Erica Posner


Barb Evans posted on 2/9/16

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Nickey Bradford posted on 2/12/16

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Juliet Simpson posted on 2/5/16

To the Evans Family: I am saddened beyond words to hear of Claudia's passing, but she led a totally VICTORIOUS LIFE!! She was instrumental in my practice with her soft voice and encouraging words, "Don't give up, just keep chanting!" I'll never forget her. My determination is to have a 'Gohonzon house' like she did, where everyone comes to practice! Rest In Peace, Claudia, you're on Eagle Peak!!! Juliet Simpson


Bigmama Cook posted on 2/5/16

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