NEW LONDON, N.H. — Memorial services for Joan Elizabeth (O’Leary) Evans, 88, who died Jan. 22, were held at the New London Baptist Church on Jan. 26. Burial services will be held at a later date at the West Part Cemetery in New London.
She was born in Medford, Mass on Oct. 21, 1925, youngest of five daughters of John and Lillian (McLauflin) O’Leary.
She was a graduate of Medford High School, The Burdette School of Business, and the University of New Hampshire School for Lifelong Learning.
In 1946, Joan married Robert L. Evans and they eventually moved to Lebanon, N.H. in Lebanon, Joan was active as a volunteer for many organizations, including Head Start, Cub Scouts, and A Better Chance.
In 1972, Joan and Bob moved to New London where Joan sold real estate for many years and was again active as a volunteer for many organizations. These included the League of Women Voters, the New London Historical Society, Summer Music Association, and the Parent/Child Center. She was a member of the New London Baptist Church and sang in the choir for 28 years. Though she enjoyed travelling and spending time at the family home in Drakes Island, Maine, Joan’s favorite place in the world was New London, where she enjoyed her many friends, spending time with family, and summers on Lake Sunapee.
She is survived by four children: Doug Evans (Sandi) of Enfield, N.H.; John Evans (Sandra) of Bath, Maine; Judy Evans Sleeper (Ron) of Quechee; and Dan Evans (Cindy) of Lebanon, N.H.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews that were the lucky recipients of her unwavering affection.
Joan was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1996.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lake Sunapee VNA Parent/Child Center.
The Chadwick Funeral Home in New London handled arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the January 30, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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