Betty Joyce Evans
Betty Joyce as she was frequently called by family was born on April 5, 1946 in Rosa, Louisiana to the Steven and Pearlie Mae Evans. The family moved to Galveston, Texas in 1950’s where she attended public school. She attended and graduated from the Infamous Central High School in 1964, which she referred to as the “Best Class” that ever came out of Central. She attended Texas Southern University and Galveston College, where she received her Associate Degree in Business Administration. Betty worked 30 devoted years for Sears Roebuck & Co. before she retired in 2001. She worked in several facets; from shipping and receiving to Customer Service. After retirement, she worked as an Associate Teacher for GISD. She also worked with several agencies via the SERS program including Social Security Office until her health began to decline.
Betty accepted Christ at a very young age. She was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Parish and Holy Rosary Church where she was a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary until she moved to Houston to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. In 2007, she was recognized as the American Business Woman Association (ABWA) “Woman of The Year”.
Betty loved traveling, shopping and talking on the phone with friends and family every day. But what she loved most of all, was spending time with her grandchildren. She made sure her young nieces and nephews got to know Christ at an early age. She would go above and beyond for her family. She will always be remembered by many as a loving mother, aunt, niece, cousin and friend.
On Friday evening, Jan 6th, with her daughter by her side, she transitioned into eternal rest. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Steven; two sisters, Barbara and Lena; a nephew, Delmus Wiggins. She leaves to cherish her memory, her one and only devoted daughter, Trina; son-in-law, Anthony; two grandchildren, Chelsea, whom she often called “MiMi”, and Chastin; niece, Latonya Evans that she raised as a daughter; God son, Leroy Williams (Valerie); three sisters, Savannah Evans (Leroy) of Galveston, Lorraine Womack and Beverly Hart of Texas City; one brother, Michael Evans also of Texas City; two aunts, Baby Ruth Branch of Houston and Lula Lewis of Texas City; two uncles, Valry Lewis of Galveston and Ray Lewis of Houston; devoted cousins, Clara Lewis and Ina Tisino; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, her beloved Central Class of 1964 and friends.