Mary (Mostoway) Evans died peacefully on August 29, at Carondelet Village in St. Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Mary on Saturday, September 8th at 11 a.m. at Lumen Christi Catholic Church (2055 Bohland Ave, St. Paul). Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church. Memorials to Highland Catholic School in St. Paul or St. Bernard’s School in Thief River Falls. O’Halloran Murphy of St. Paul (651-698-0796) are helping with the arrangements. www.ohalloranmurphy.com
Mary was born in Calder, Saskatchewan to Andrew Mostoway and Annie Matcyk Mostoway, who were both of Ukrainian heritage.
After graduating from high school, Mary moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she lived with her aunt Nellie and sister Anne.
Mary got a job at the Royal Alec Hotel, which was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. In her first years of working there, she was able to take two years in junior accounting, typing, and secretarial training at the Manitoba Business School. As an employee of Canadian Pacific, Mary had travel passes which allowed her to take many trips by rail and air with girlfriends.
On one of her trips, Mary and three friends rented a cottage in Detroit Lakes, which happened to be owned by the Evans family. Richard (Bud) Evans was working at his parents’ resort and this is how Mary and Bud first met. They were married on July 20, 1963 at St. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral in Winnipeg.
Mary and Bud made their home in Thief River Falls, Minnesota where Bud took over his family’s business, Evans Seed Wool and Fur (later Evans Steel). Mary worked with Bud on bookkeeping and anything else that needed to be done. She was active in many social and volunteer organizations in Thief River Falls, including dance clubs, bridge clubs, and golf league.
Mary and Bud belonged to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, where Mary taught religion and volunteered at the food shelf. Mary took great joy in spending time with her family and grandchildren, especially her trips to Winnipeg, where she would visit her sisters, nephew, and cousins while enjoying traditional Ukrainian celebrations and meals.
In 1965 Mary and Bud’s son Bobby was born, and in 1973 they adopted a daughter, Myra.
In their later years Mary and Bud split their time between Minnesota and Fort Myers, Florida, where they were surrounded by friends from Thief River and new friends. Bud died in 2003 and Mary moved to St. Paul to be closer to her son Bobby and his family.
Mary is survived by her daughter Myra (Charlie Hayhurst) and son Robert (Mauri), four grandchildren (Nicole Glenn and Amanda, Joey, and Sanna Evans), and four great-grandchildren (Brooke Hayhurst, Alexis and Alexander Glenn, and Julius Cavinee). She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters Annie, Susie, Elizabeth, Nellie, and Kay.