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Margaret Foster Evans, of Ashville, AL went home to be with the Lord on August 19, 2012. She was born in Tuscumbia, AL on March 9, 1931 to Owen and Alma Foster. Upon graduating from Auburn University in 1952, she worked with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service in Fayette, Lamar and St. Clair Counties. She became a resident to St. Clair County in 1953 when she married the love of her life, David Shepherd Evans Jr. She then began working with the St. Clair County Department of Human Resources. She loved children and was an advocate for child welfare. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She held many offices including serving 36 years on the St. Clair County Farmer’s Federation and the Women’s Leadership Committee. She also served as President of the Henry Neely Lake Association, served on the St. Clair Historical Society and was a charter member of the St. Clair County Cattle Women. She was an advocate for Alabama Farmers and the Ag in the classroom program. She was a true patriot; she was politically active in the community in St. Clair County, in the State of Alabama and in the U.S. She served as a voting pole inspector for decades for Beat 8. Anyone who knew Margaret knew she was an outspoken advocate for the causes that mattered to her, including, faith, farming, politics and all things Auburn. She was a devout Christian whom invited people to hear God’s word; she taught Sunday school for years and hauled many children back and forth to church services on Sunday. She was selfless and one of the most beautiful reflections of God’s love that walked this earth. She was an active member of the Ashville Church of Christ. She was an extraordinary woman whom was always smiling and fostering a positive attitude. She encouraged all those she knew to dream big and get an education. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, as it gave her great satisfaction to buy gifts throughout the year and give them to those she loved at Christmas. She loved being at the marina as she got to constantly meet new people and talking to the fishermen was a beloved pastime. She is preceded in death by her father, Owen Foster; mother Alma Counts Foster; brother, William Owen Foster; sisters; Elizabeth Foster, Mary Frances Mitchell, Alma Alexander and Carolyn Cahoon. She is survived by husband, David Evans Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Rick Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Dave Evans III and Stephanie Madison; grandchildren, Erin, Jerry and Richard Smith and Courtney Evans; brother and sister-in-law, George and Martha Foster; sister, Jane Boozer; brother-in-laws, Haston Alexander and Jimmy Cahoon; special friends and family, Margaret Green and Gene Benefield, William and Tammy Bearden, Alice and Michael Brown, and all those whom called her “Granny Evans”. Pallbearers will be William Bearden, Jonny Bolton, Michael Brown, David Farnsworth, David Lackey, Joe Little, Rick Nunn and Dennis Underwood. Honorary pallbearers will be nieces and nephews, Lavona Clark, Owen Daniel Foster, Bill Alexander, George E. Foster, Jeff Mitchell, Lou Booth, Melinda Waldrop, Richard Foster, Sarah Wilkerson, Tim Foster, Paul Foster, James Cahoon and Guy Boozer. Graveside service for family and friends will be at Hopewell Cemetery on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. and David Conley will officiate. Immediately following, a Memorial service will be held at the island at Greensport and Brandon Renfroe will officiate. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services will be directing. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be sent to the following organizations: Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge, 1104 Ireland Way, Birmingham, AL 35205 or St. Clair Co. Ag in the Classroom c/o St. Clair Farmer’s Federation, 775 Mount Olive Drive, Pell City, AL 35125. A special thanks to all those who ministered, wrote cards, made phone calls, visited and encouraged Margaret during the last 10 years as she battled cancer. The prayers, love and support were greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.
Published on  August 23, 2012
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