Edythe E. Evans, a retired University of Maryland dental clinic instructor who was active in her church, died April 9 of Alzheimer's disease at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. She was 83.
The daughter of Ernest Evans, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad worker, and Arinthia Evans, a homemaker, Edythe Ernestine Evans was born in Baltimore and raised on Fulton Avenue.
After graduating in 1948 from Frederick Douglass High School, Ms. Evans enrolled in a surgical technician program at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center.
She worked as an operating room surgical technician at the hospital for 20 years, and spent the last decade of her career as a dental clinic instructor before retiring in the 1990s.
The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was an active member for years at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church, first on Calhoun Street and later after it moved to the 4000 block of Park Heights Ave.
Ms. Evans directed the Voice of Gillis youth and young adult choirs and the Christian Training Union. She was also active in its Vacation Bible School program.
"She was a foster parent and surrogate mother to many and their children and their children's children," said a daughter, Stephannie Robinson of Owings Mills.
"Her house was a safe haven for children. Any day, you would hear children's laughter and the smell of food, enough to feed a small army," she said.
Ms. Evans often spent her own money providing clothes, school supplies and food for the children she cared for, who in turn affectionately called her "Nana," Ms. Nana" or "Aunt Edie," family members said.
She enjoyed travel and reading.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rehoboth Church of Deliverance, 603 E. Patapsco Ave., in Brooklyn.
In addition to her daughter, Ms. Evans is survived by another daughter, Shirrell Owens of Baltimore; two sisters, Gladys Sheppard of Woodlawn and Gloria Jennifer of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.