Diane Evans, was born March 25, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Marcus Jones and Cornelia Cunningham.
After graduating from West Philadelphia High School, Diane was hired for her first job at Penn Mutual where she worked as an office manager. Diane has always been an advocate in giving back to her community and she did this by working for two community organizations where she met and later married her late husband Benjamin C. Evans, Sr. on September 16, 1983.
Her passion has always been giving, teaching, and sharing her artistic talents and knowledge with young people. As a result of her love, patience, and desire to share, every child who has been in her presence has experienced cultural growth because she wanted to share knowledge with them that would enhance their worldview. In addition, she served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for over ten years.
Diane accepted the Lord at an early age. She joined and attended Open Door Baptist Church for many decades and while there, she served on several different ministries. On February 3, 2008, Diane joined the Second Baptist Church of Germantown, so that her granddaughter could participate in the children’s choir and other activities. Even after uniting with the Second Baptist Church of Germantown, she continued to provide assistance whenever she was called upon by her former church because she had a heart for service.
While at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, the congregation enjoyed her black history events, baked cookies, and her hand crocheted blankets. She served on the Board of Missions, the Board of Christian Fellowship, and Hospitality. Skilled in sewing, Diane was always creating something for the children and the choir, whether it be costumes or scarfs. In addition to her sewing talent, she was a master in arts and crafts, which could be seen in her center pieces for different church events. Diane is especially known for her thoughtfulness, when she noticed that someone was absent from the church, she would send a church bulletin to him or her as well as to the sick and shut ins. She faithfully sent encouraging letters to everyone to increase their faith in God. Whether you knew Diane for years or just met her, all can say; she was kind, loving, and extremely generous in helping people in whatever capacity she could.
Diane departed this life on Saturday, February 20, 2021. She leaves behind a large number of family members and friends who will cherish many happy memories about her: her only sister, Janis Royal; four step-children, Carletta, Aleta, Benjamin Jr., and Elana; ten grandchildren, Tamara, Elliott, Brandon, Christopher, Benjamin 3rd, Kandice, Ricquel, Quinia (Cookie), Thomas, and Fin; two great grandsons, Dominic and Rahim; two son-in-laws, Ronan and Steve; two granddaughter-in-laws, Magdalena and Shakirah; one nephew, Kh; two great-nieces, Gabrielle and Kyerra; one god niece, Cheron; three godchildren, Gail, Shanell, and Shelly; nine cousins; friend, Deacon Charles, and a host of extended family and friends.
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