Obituary of Sandra Hill Evans
Sandra Hill Evans
November 8, 1941-June 7, 2019;
Sandra Hill Evans passed away on June 7, 2019 after a long battle with pulmonary complications.
Sandra was first and foremost an Idaho girl. She was born in Malad, ID and grew up on a ranch outside Mackay. As a child, she enjoyed the outdoors, riding horses, and rounding up cattle with her father and brothers. She was an accomplished musician, attending the University of Idaho where she majored in Music. It was at the University where she met her husband of 54 years, Gary Evans. They were married in Pocatello, September 14, 1963.
Immediately after graduation, Gary joined the federal government. They left Idaho and moved many times over the course of his career before settling in Virginia in 1976. Despite those many moves and a lifetime of international travel, part of her never left Idaho. Throughout her life, she read the Idaho Statesman and the Idaho State Journal newspapers and peppered her family with news from back home.
She remained passionate about music, teaching in public schools as well as private music lessons in her home. In 1983, Sandra began a successful Real Estate career in Northern Virginia, earning accolades and sales awards with the former Shannon and Luchs Real Estate Company and later with ReMAX.
Health issues forced her early retirement in the late 1990’s. She remained an active member of AAUW and continued to enjoy classical music, holding season tickets to the Kennedy Center. Most recently, her daughters and granddaughter conspired on an epic surprise to fulfill a longtime wish – and took her to see “Hamilton”. She said it was one of the most memorable nights of her life – and the best show she had seen in 30 years of going to the Kennedy Center.
She is preceded in death by her parents Bruce and Theda Morgan Hill, and is survived by her husband Gary Richard Evans; daughters Colleen Evans Patton (Justin Patton); and Kerri Evans Haiss (Michael Haiss); and her grandchildren Nicholas Gary Pepin; Grant Thomas Pepin; Morgan Elizabeth Lyn Pepin, Brandon Gerard Pepin; Sean Michael Haiss; David Alan Haiss ;Tiffany Hall(Evan Hall, Destiny Golanski, Vincent Hall) ; brothers Terrel Hill (Jeanne Villavuerte- Hill), Keith Hill (Jane Hill), Kleal Hill (Susan Hill), Brent Hill, and sister Lorrie Hill Surerus; (Dave Surerus) . And her precious Bichon dog, Jack, an honorary grandchild.
Special thanks to the heroic doctors and nurses at Reston Hospital and GWU Hospital who worked tirelessly and with great compassion to provide world class care for Sandra in the last weeks of her life.
Funeral arrangements have been made by Adams-Green Funeral Home, Herndon Virginia. A visitation and memorial service will be held at Fairfax United Methodist Church, Fairfax, VA on July 13, 2019 beginning at 10am; service at 11am. Interment will immediately follow at Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, VA.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that contributions be made in her name to the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. c/o University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. Perimeter Drive MS 3143, Moscow, ID 83844-3143. Be sure to direct donations to the School of Music.