Obituary for Cora Evans
Long-time Winter Park, Florida resident, Cora Boyett Evans died on Thursday, August, 9, 2018 at her home. She was born April 23, 1914 at Terra Ceia, Florida to Charles Arthur Boyett and Grace Custer Boyett. At 104 years old, Cora, a multi-generational Floridian lived a beautiful life, leaving an indelible impact on everyone who knew her. She is survived by her son, Howard R. Evans and grandson, Timothy Evans of Winter Park. As the oldest of five children, she is also survived by her youngest sister, Aileen Maugans of St. Petersburg, Fl. Cora is also survived by several nieces and nephews and by many, many dear friends. She was pre-deceased by her husband A. Ross Evans, her brothers, John and C.A. Boyett, and her sister, Gwendolyn Button.
Cora was raised in a rural farming community just off of Tampa Bay. She graduated from the Florida State College for Women (now FSU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics in 1935. Her reputation over the years as a wonderful cook, seamstress, homemaker, gardener, and active community member in Winter Park is well known. Cora was a Home Economics teacher at the original Winter Park High School, sharing her skills and wisdom with many teenagers in Winter Park. In 1936, Cora married Ross Evans, enjoying 68 wonderful years together as a couple. In 1949, they settled in Winter Park. Over the years they both were very active in the community and in the life of Rollins College. Being a member of Winter Park Presbyterian Church for all of her years in Winter Park, Cora participated and served in many ways. She also was a member of the P.E.O. With Ross Evans being a long time professor of the Crummer School at Rollins College, Cora was very active with the Rollins Auxiliary organization, serving the college and community in many ways. She and Ross have long valued education and opportunities to help others achieve their education by supporting Rollins, the University of Florida, Florida State University and many other schools and organizations with their financial endowments and support. Cora and Ross enjoyed many travels all over the world throughout their marriage. Summers in countries throughout Europe and even a train trip across Siberia were among their favorite pastimes as a family. They also enjoyed spending time in the mountains of North Carolina, at New Smyrna Beach and at their place on the Suwannee River in Bell, Florida.
To know Cora, was to love her. She could keep her family and friends enthralled for hours with her stories of her life and family in Florida. Her memory of details was fantastic, often providing younger generations with vivid images of life in rural Florida and remembrances of every family happening. She loved nature, adored people, and lived as a witness to her faith in God. For the past almost two decades, Cora has had the help and eventually, the constant care of a team of most wonderful caregivers. The family is very grateful for the loving care of Rose Green, Lorie Green and their team of ladies who became “family” to Cora around the clock.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Carey Hand Cox Parker Funeral Home at 1350 West Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, Florida. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church with Dr. Larry Cuthill officiating. Burial will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Cemetery in Lake City, Florida. For those wishing to make contributions in Cora’s memory, the family suggests Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, Florida 32792 or A. Ross and Cora B. Evans Scholarship Fund, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Avenue, #2722, Winter Park, FL 32789.
Cora Boyett Evans
Obituary for Cora Evans