Monica Francine Oost “Fran” Evans, 53, of Philpot, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at her home, surrounded by family. She was a member of St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Whitesville. She enjoyed working at Whitesville Elementary School for the last several years and was previously employed at Foodland in Whitesville for 16 years, where she was the dairy manager. She was born to the late William D. and Katherine Louise Oost. She was preceded in death by her son, Justin Michael Evans; her sister, Pam Bartlett; and her brother, Joe Oost.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, David Evans; a daughter, Jessica Boarman (Bruce); a son, Aaron Evans (Heather); a granddaughter, Madalyn “Maddie” Boarman; sisters, Cheryl Schmitt, Tess Lindsey, Jenny Ftacek and Sarah Hagan; and two brothers, Greg Oost and Barry Oost.
She was a board member of the Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, where she helped organize the Annual Lifesaver’s Walk and worked on several committees for the group. She assisted in creating the booklet that the suicide bereavement group distributes to those who have suffered a loss by suicide. She was a facilitator for the Owensboro Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Group and met privately with many families to help them through their loss. She was a trained suicide bereavement facilitator through Iris Bolton’s “The Link,” a national resource center for suicide prevention and aftercare. She was a moderator and leader for the Parents of Suicide International Internet Support Community. She was a leader at the Grief After Suicide Retreats held in Columbia, Tenn., where she facilitated sharing circles and other activities.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church with burial at St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Cecil Funeral Home, with prayers said at 6:30 p.m., and after 9 a.m. Tuesday. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition.
From The Messenger Inquirer 10/7/2013