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Obituary of Haruko Evans
Haruko Evans, longtime Seaside resident and artist, died on May 8, 2020 at the age of 92. Her artwork is exhibited at Venture Gallery, Monterey.
Mrs. Evans was born July 22, 1927 in Nishinomiya, Hyo-go, Japan. She met and married Willie Henry Evans, US Army, while he was stationed in Japan. Her first home in the United States was in Michigan. Mrs. Evans traveled with her husband and children to Europe on two assignments.
When stationed at Fort Ord, they purchased a home in Seaside. Mrs. Evans took independent art workshops and enrolled in art classes at Monterey Peninsula College. She received a People’s Choice Award at the Monterey State Fair for a seascape oil painting. She has been a member of the Central Coast Art Association.
Mrs. Evans loved the outdoors; either in her yard full of roses, orchids, and lemon trees, or setting up her art easel at many of the beautiful locations on the Monterey Peninsula. She loved her adopted pets. She will be remembered by her friends for her generosity, kindness, and cooking.
She leaves behind brothers: Tadao Akai, Norikazu Akai, Kanji Akai, Keji Akai; all in Japan.
She will be sorely missed and survived by daughters, Yvonne Evans, Josephine Kornev; son, Willie Evans Jr.; grandchildren, Alexandra Evans, Victoria Evans, Jennifer Eve Needham, Jacob Cook, Jared Cook, Jordan Cook; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Willie H. Evans and her sister, Keiko Akai.
Graveside services will be held on May 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Mission Memorial Park. The family would be honored to have memorial contributions made to the SPCA/Seaside Spay Neuter Clinic or American Cancer Society.