Evelyn Sears

Posted: Friday, August 06, 2004

Former Juneau resident Evelyn Sears, 80, died July 23, 2004, at her Edmonds, Wash., home.

She was born July 11, 1924, in Great Falls, Mont., to Jesse and Ethel Tapp. Following high school, she married Howard S. Sears on March 22, 1945. Both worked as federal employees. She joined the U.S. Forest Service. The couple moved to Juneau in 1957, when she became executive assistant to the regional forester. She later qualified as a certified professional secretary and worked for many years with Juneau's Potlatch Chapter of the National Secretaries Association. She served one term as chapter president.

The couple enjoyed a variety of activities in Juneau, including ice skating, bowling and dancing at the Elks Club. They moved to Edmonds in the late 1970s after lingering illness forced her husband's retirement. He passed away in 1980. By the time of his death, Evelyn had retired from her position as budget and program analyst with the Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, headquartered in Seattle. She continued to live in their Edmonds residence, enjoying hand crafts, lunches with her Red Hat Society friends, computer games and activities at the local health spa. In 2000-2001, she successfully battled breast cancer.

She is survived by sisters, Opal Powell of Fort Benton, Mont., and Vera Sears of Great Falls, Mont.; as well as several nieces and nephews and a wide circle of longtime friends in Alaska.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the chapel of Purdy and Walters with Cassidy in Everett, Wash. She will be interred alongside her husband at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, also in Everett.

The family requests that memorial remembrances be made to the American Cancer Society.

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