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Frances Lemoyne (Lewis) Evans

Frances Lemoyne (Lewis) Evans, 88, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Liberty Hospital.

Frances was born Feb. 22, 1926, in Vera, Kan., to Curtis Marion and Lula Marie (Robison) Lewis. Though she later moved to Missouri where she graduated from Raytown High School in 1944, she had a lifelong love for both the Kansas Flint Hills and the KU Jayhawks basketball team.

Marrying Alfred “Bud” Evans  Feb. 21, 1948, in Martin City, Frances had three children: Jim, Rhonda and Richard. The family settled in Polo, in 1955. The family later joined the First Christian Church of Polo.

Frances worked for 20 years at Whitaker Cable in Excelsior Springs, where she made many dear friends.

Affectionately known as Nanny by her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, Frances is survived by her husband, Bud; son, Jim, and his wife, Evelyn, of Scio, Ore.; daughter, Rhonda, and her husband, Jerry, of Polo; son, Richard, and his wife, Susan, of Lawson. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Angela Van Ness and husband, Jason, of Overland Park, Kan.;  Janie Dyhouse and husband, Tim, of Gladstone; Brian Evans and wife, Stacy, of Holt; Clint Evans and wife, Jessica, of Richmond; and Scott Janssen and wife, Sara, of Albuquerque, N.M. Eight great-grandchildren were the lights of Fran’s life. They are: Jacob Lavery Van Ness, Molly Elizabeth, Dylan Paul, Maddy Sue and Ellie Louise Evans; and Amanda Lauren, Clayton David and Evan Anderson Dyhouse. Fran also leaves behind her lifelong best friend, Doreen Evans, three brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jimmy and Dick Lewis; and sister Clarice Steyaert.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, April 10, at the First Christian Church of Polo. The family will greet visitors at 10 a.m. Honor Fran’s wishes and wear pink.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Polo or the Caldwell County Cancer Foundation.

Arrangements by Meierhoffer Funeral Home, St. Joseph.

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