Shirley Evans

January 2, 1952 – November 6, 2012

Service: November 12, 2012 6:00-9:00pm

Shirley Ann Evans was born on January 2nd, 1952 to Fred and Helena Lechner in Leola, SD. She was proceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers (Allen, Arnie, and Harvey) and 2 sisters (Irene and Arvilla).
After graduating from Leola High School Shirley did some traveling and moved to Sioux Falls. In 1974 she met James Lee Evans and the two dated for 8 years prior to getting married in 1982. They shared a love of the outdoors, travel, the Pittsburgh Steelers and their many pets. Although they never had any human children of their own they had many nieces and nephews that they spoiled rotten. In total Shirley and Jim spent 38 years together before he passed away on January 13th, 2012 followed by Shirley’s passing on November 6th, 2012. They were survived by many family members, friends and their beloved “kids” Rocky and Thor. 


Shirley Ann Evans

01/02/1952 – November 6, 2012



Harrisburg Funeral Chapel

November 12, 2012



Hills of Rest Memorial Park

Sioux Falls, SD

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  1. John J. Evans on November 12, 2012 said:

    Shirley was my sister-in-law and I loved her every bit as much as my brother Jimmy. They were so perfect together – two people truly meant for one another. And now they can be together once more. I hadn’t spoken to Shirley in a few months because of the time zone difference, work schedules, and because they never had an answering machine or caller ID. Either you got them on the phone or you didn’t get to talk to them. She was in good spirits the last time we spoke and that’s how I’ll remember her. You could always hear the smile in her voice. She was such a good-hearted person.
    If someone would please let me know what happened to their dogs, Rocky and Thor – I would greatly appreciate it. I would gladly take them in as a favor to Jim and Shirley. I hate to think that they would be separated, go to the pound, or be euthanized. They were much loved by their “parents”. I’ve gotten numerous Christmas cards over the years with their pictures tucked inside. My contact information is as follows:

    Cell: 321-698-6442

    Rest in peace, Shirley. You will be missed. Say hello to Jimmy for me.

    Love always,

    John J. Evans

  2. Carol Kessinger on November 12, 2012 said:

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends as you remember Shirley’s life and all she meant to each one of you. May God grant you his peace as you deal with your loss.