Margaret Dean Evans

Margaret Dean Evans

Margaret “Gan-Gan” Dean Evans, 84, of Houston, a beloved wife, devoted mother, doting grandmother and great-grandmother, and friend, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013. 

Born November 29, 1928, to Sidney and Ethel Scott, Margaret “Miss Scott” grew up an only child and only grandchild in Houma, Louisiana.  Education was important to her grandfather, Isom Wagner, a former slave, and he insisted that his “Miss Scott” receive a solid education.

After graduating Booker T. Washington High School, Margaret earned a Bachelor of Arts from Leland College in Baker, Louisiana, and a Master of Education from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She taught elementary education for 32 years and retired from Houston Independent School District.  In her encore career, Margaret taught kindergarten in several Houston pre- school centers.  She touched many young lives, sharing her love of learning.

Margaret had many interests, such as gardening, reading, sewing, and football.  Of all her interests, she loved her sisterhood dearly.  Margaret joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated through Gamma Delta Zeta Chapter in 1950 and served her beloved Blue and White family for 63 uninterrupted years of service.  In 2010, Margaret was recognized as a Zeta Dove for having 50 or more years of service to the sorority.  She loved her sisters of Lambda Zeta Chapter, serving on various committees since 1965.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Ethel Scott; her aunt, Mary Hyde, who reared Margaret after her grandparents’ passing; daughter, Roslyn Wolff; and son, Walter Michael Dean.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Walter F. Evans, Jr.; half-sister, Elaine Scott; nephew, Keith Scott; daughters, Barbara Walker, Christine Beavers, and Denese Wolff-Hilliard; son, Chester Bentley Dean; grandchildren, Denedre Dean, Terrence Colbert, Denise Jackson, Eric Jackson, Elizabeth Rhone-Dean, Joshua Dean, Michael Delbert Dean, Margaret Michelle Dean, and Kenneth Dean; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Forever a teacher, Margaret willed her remains to the University of Texas Health Science Center.  A memorial service celebrating Margaret’s life will be held Friday, November 15, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at Carnes Funeral Home, 1102 Indiana Street, South Houston, Texas 77587.