EVANS, Dr. Coeta (Grimes)

Thursday, March 14, 2013


A celebration of life service for Dr. Coeta Grimes Evans will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Greg Hook and Mike Taylor officiating. Interment will be prior to the service in Alva Municipal Cemetery, under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home, Alva. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Dr. Coeta Grimes Evans, daughter of the late Mertle (Hulett) Grimes/Gastineau and Crayton Grimes was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Lenora, Okla., and passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Woodward, Okla., at the age of 85 years, 4 months and 9 days. Coeta graduated from Lenora Elementary School and Taloga High School.


She received higher education degrees from Oklahoma College for Women; Master of Arts from Phillips University; and Doctorate of Education Degree from Oklahoma State University. She also studied Grenoble University in Grenoble, France, and the University of Clermont-Ferrand in Vichy, France, in courses of history, foods, French and art.


She married Earl Evans April 27, 1950, in Newkirk. She taught high school science, French and home economics in Garfield, Grant and Kingfisher County schools, concluding her teaching career at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, culminating 30 years of teaching and retiring as chair of the Home Economics Department and Emeritus Professor in 1990. She was baptized in the Baptist faith and was a current member of First Baptist Church, Alva. She was a member of Cherokee Outlet Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Chapter C, P.E.O., Delta Kappa Gamma, Alva Research Club, and Beta Sigma Phi. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Evans; son, Kerry Evans; sister, Dixie Hays; stepfather, Homer Gastineau; and two half-brothers.


Coeta is survived by her children, Dr. Kendall Evans and wife Judy of Aspen, Colo., and their children, Jamie, Jill, Scott and Katy; Kevin Evans and wife Tracy of Woodward and their children, Taryn and Desa; Karyl Evans Morrison and husband Russ of Hudson, Ohio, and their children, Kolton, Kelsey and Kimberly; sister, Ardith Gastineau of Weatherford, Okla.; other relatives and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Alva First Baptist Church or Cherokee Outlet Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in Alva. Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.marshallfuneralhomes.com.