Friday, March 23, 2018 our bratty sister, Sara, got everything she wanted. Stephanie Danise Evans was welcomed home by her beloved daughter.
Stephanie was born March 6th, 1959 to Robert and Joyce Winward in Salt Lake City, Utah. The second of four daughters. She graduated from Pocatello High School in 1977 and remained a loyal PHS Indian throughout her whole life. On August 12, 1977 she was sealed to her tall dark handsome sweetheart, Mark Bradley Evans. Young and in love, they started a family. Four daughters later, they spent some time asking themselves what they had done.
Guided by their strong testimony in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and holding the hand of her husband, our mom worked tirelessly to raise us. She made us dresses and taught us to sew. She made our dinners from scratch and became infamous for her pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Prized by her family and all who tasted them. Packages of muffins were often mailed around the country and received with much anticipation.
She opened her home to our friends, their family's and anyone looking for shelter from the storms of life. She taught us to have faith and listen to the spirit. She led us by example, serving in various church callings. Her most cherished time was spent in the Young Women organization in many capacities.
In addition to her love for us, our children, and her devoted companion, she loved music, and as a gifted pianist, she became a cherished and beloved piano teacher. She took great joy in spreading her love for her many students through music. She was an active member of the Pocatello Music Club, where she was most recently the co-chair of the music festival.
Her joy was magnified by the addition of her 9 grandchildren. Her 4 handsome dudes: Darren, Seth, Ammon, and Hunter; and her 5 beautiful girls: Alivia, Stella, Sara, Kenley, and Sawyer. All of whom had unmatched love and adoration for their grandma. Anytime her grandchildren walked through her door, time stopped and there was nothing more important to her than spending time with them. They filled her life with laughter and love. She loved them and they knew it.
However her love for them was only rivaled by her love for her one and only eternal companion. Their partnership was one filled with love, joy, and laughter. We always had to tell them to stop smooching in the kitchen. As we grew we began to realize how fortunate we were to have such an amazing example of true love, devotion, and selflessness. We learned that in their case, fairytale love is real. She was our dad's one and only.
Our mother chose joy. In the face of trials, suffering, and grief she chose joy. Her husband, Mark; her daughters: Jill, Lisa, Caitlin, and their loving spouses: Scott and Brian; and her grandchildren will try to follow her example and choose to go forward with joy.
Services will be held Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 11 am in the Princeton LDS Ward Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Thursday in the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, and also at the church one hour prior to service.
Condolences may be sent to the family online.