Queenie Jones Evans was born on December 22, 1926, in Williamsburg, Virginia, the daughter of the late Gladys and Emmett.
The eldest of Gladys’ four children, she is preceded in death by her sister, Myrtle Lee, and two brothers, Floyd and Milton; husband, Elvin M. Evans; and sons, Elvin and Kenneth.
She attended local Williamsburg public schools and was employed at the College of William & Mary. Having accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age, Queenie became a member of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. She remained a faithful member until she moved to Buffalo, New York. She was employed with, and retired from Canisius College, after which she moved back home to Williamsburg.
“Mama Queenie” or “Miss Queenie”, as she was affectionately called by family and friends, lived up to the title of Queen as the name suggests: firm but fair. She was a loving, caring and fiercely protective mother to her nine children. Her love for her family was apparent to all who knew her, and she truly believed in “family first”!
On Thursday, January 23, 2020, she transitioned peacefully into the arms of the Father. She will be greatly missed by all, but we find comfort in knowing she has earned the golden wings to match her Queenly crown. We will all meet again, one day.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories seven of her nine children, Emma Delores (Charles), Robert “Junie”, Rickey (Marolyn), Florence, Morris (Monique), Evelyn (Mark), and Jean (Donald); sixteen grandchildren, Paulina, Connie, Tasha, Cynthia, Eric, Kurt, Queenie, LaToya, Travis, Byron, Cherrell, Marcus, Kianna, Michael, Danielle, and Skylar; twenty great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ann (Floyd) and Bessie (Milton); uncle, James “Jake” Druitt; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A service to celebrate Queenie’s life will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Mt Pilgrim Baptist Church, Williamsburg where she had been a member since childhood. Interment to follow in Williamsburg Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Flowers may be sent to Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185. 757-229-3011. whitingsfuneralhome.com
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