Her husband James became a partner with Howard Burkhard and the firm today in Inlet is Burkhard-Evans real estate. In 1971, she purchased Eagle Bay Villas and operated it for 30 years.
Adirondack Express 3 27 2012
Mary B. Evans, 91, of Eagle Bay, passed away peacefully March 16, 2012, at Abraham House, Utica, after a brief illness.
She was born July 10, 1920 in Rome, N.Y., the daughter of Howard and Ruth Brown Burkhard and step-daughter of Ada Smith Burkhard. Mary was a graduate of Town of Webb School and attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a B.S. degree in biology.
Mary worked several years as the medical secretary for Dr. H.G. Weiskotton, Dean of Syracuse University Medical School. A job she truly loved. While there, Mary met and married James J. Evans, Sr. on July 14, 1951. Jim predeceased her on July 15, 1987.
After marrying, she and Jim returned to the Adirondacks, settling in Eagle Bay where they raised their four children. In 1971, she bought Eagle Bay Villas, a cottage colony on Fourth Lake, which she operated for almost 30 years.
Mary enjoyed watching all kinds of sports and was an avid Syracuse University basketball fan. Even while ill, she wouldn’t think of missing an SU game. She was a fishing enthusiast, taking many fishing trips with Jim to Canada as well as into the Moose River Plains with her son, John. She was an animal lover, having at least two pets in the house at any given time. For the past few years, Mary especially treasured the times watching her grandchildren participate in school sports and activities, not wanting to miss anything they were involved in. She was also known to make the best molasses cookies.
Mary was an active member of St. Anthony’s Church in Inlet and its Altar Rosary Society. She was a Boy Scout leader for many years as well as a member of the Eagle Bay Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Leonard-Mick-Roberts American Legion Post #1402 Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered at the Inlet Library and Old Forge Arts Center and was a previous Town of Webb Historical Association trustee.
She is survived by four children, James J. Evans, Jr. and wife Sharron of Bartlett, Ill.; John J. Evans of Eagle Bay; Sarah E. Frey and husband John of Inlet and Jeffrey A. Evans and wife Sharon of Big Moose; her “adopted son” David Scranton of Inlet; grandchildren, Michael I. Evans and wife Jacquelyn; Allison A. Frey, Andrea M. Frey, Alexandra N. Evans, J. Benjamin Evans, David Mortensen and wife Sara; Christine Jones and husband Justin, Sandy Kremer and husband Nicholas, Jenny Cadwell and husband Brian, Michael Rossi and wife Jennifer; nine great grandchildren; nephew David Evans, niece Deborah Evans as well as many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her dear friend, Maxine A. King, who was considered a sister by Mary.
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