Shelia Kay Evans

August 16, 1954 - June 24, 2018

 

    Shelia Kay (Milam) Evans, 63, peacefully passed away at home on June 24th, 2018 after an all too short battle with ALS and Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was born on August 16th, 1954 in Henderson, Kentucky to Vogal and Mary Lou Milam (Courtney). Her early childhood, marked by many moves around the country, eventually led her to Chandler, Indiana where she completed high school and met the love of her life and eventual husband, Michael Leon Evans. High school sweethearts, they married on August 25th, 1973 and proceeded to inspire generations of people with their moving love story of 45 years.

    School brought them both to Bloomington, Indiana in the early 70’s and they eventually found their longtime home in the hills of Brown County, Indiana. Shelia graduated with honors from Ivy Tech with an LPN degree in 1977. She spent the rest of her life caring for people and educating them in ways to make themselves and their environments healthier and happier. She began her career caring for patients in Intensive Care at Bloomington Hospital then moved to general patient care at Brown County Community Care Center. She worked as a nurse at Head Start for 10 years and also cared for children as a nurse at Dr. Richard Malone and Dr. Carol Toulukian’s pediatric office. She then moved on to become the Health Promotion/Disease Intervention Coordinator at Public Health Nursing and finally, she landed at Bloomington Hospital. There as Community Health Educator, Shelia stayed until retiring and truly found her passion. She was involved in numerous community enriching programs including bicycle rodeos, health fairs, car seat safety, smoking cessation classes, Healthy Homes Initiative, sex education in Monroe County Community Schools and other local schools, Developing Capable People, and lead poisoning prevention.
When she wasn’t pursuing her career, Shelia was an avid traveller. She felt at home anywhere she could sit in the warm sun with sand between her toes, but especially watching the sun sink low over the Gulf of Mexico. She enjoyed scrapbooking, was a beautiful watercolor painter and delighted in learning as much as she could about her rich family ancestry. Her gardens, flower or vegetable, were always beautifully abundant and filled with love. She had a warm laugh and a wonderfully joyful sense of humor. Above all, being with her family was her favorite pastime. Her husband, two children, son-in-law and three grandchildren brought untold happiness to her and frequent visits and talks with extended family were something she always looked forward to.

    If you knew Shelia, you loved her and if you didn’t know her, she still loved you. Her ability to accept everyone unconditionally was an inspiration to all who knew her. Through every human interaction, even with people she just met, her heart grew with the love they gave to her and theirs grew with the compassion she reflected back at them. Although her last few years were filled with constant trials and pain because of her Rheumatoid Arthritis and ALS diagnosis, she still managed to remain optimistic and focus her energy on giving love to as many people as she could. The world is little bit darker without her bright light illuminating the way.

    Shelia leaves behind her husband, Michael Evans; her son Lindsey Evans; her daughter Rachel Henry and husband Chama; three utterly adored grandchildren Roxanne Henry, Basil Merryman and Zandir Merryman; and her sister, Betty Tolliver and husband Martin.

    A Celebration of Shelia’s Life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on July 14th, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington with a reception following. Please join us to honor the truly inspirational woman she has been and always will be.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the ALS Association at alsa.org or the Indiana Recovery Alliance at indianarecoveryalliance.org.

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    Mike and family, It's been a long time since our paths crossed, but I remember the warm welcome to Brown County I had from you both. I remember Sheila with great fondness and appreciation for all that she was and sure miss the wonderful times I remember when our children were small and we shared play groups. I was so sorry to hear that Sheila's life was cut short. The world is a better place because she was in it. Blessings on you all.

    Sharon Koomler

    Our most sincere condolences to your family during this difficult time. We only knew Sheila a short time, but quickly perceived what a wonderful and loving person she was to all who knew her.

    Stephanie and Ken Richards

    I was lucky enough to work with Sheila on several events over the past 10 years and she was always eager to make life better for everyone. She knew how to get things done in a way that made everyone feel good. I sure will miss her.

    Steve Cotter

    My sincere condolences. Sheila was an amazingly generous person to all of us at Harmony School. I had the extra pleasure of having her take care of my son when she worked with his pediatrician. She will be missed by all who knew her!

    Michele Mattoon

    Mike and I send our condolences to you and your family.

    Michael Welby Newcom

    Sincere condolences to Mike and the Evans family at this time of loss. We were deeply saddened to learn of Shelia's death; with her work now done on earth she is free to roam the universe.

    Dan and Mitzi Granderson

She was such an amazing educator and coworker.

    Teri Wade

    My husband, Kevin Walsh, and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Shelia’s beloved family. When living in Bloomington, we worked with Shelia in various endeavors through Bloomington Hospital and greatly appreciated her passion, integrity, perseverance and heart-centered service to so very many. She left the world in general and southern Indiana in particular a much better place. Her love for her family will never end. ❤️

    Jody Curley

    My thoughts and prayers are with Shelia's family. She was an incredible lady.

    Barry Osha

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