Tahlequah Daily Press


June 11, 2014

Ona E. Manes-Evans

TAHLEQUAH — Funeral services for Ona E. Manes-Evans will be held on Thursday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Newberry and Pastor Steve Welch officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Reed-Culver chapel. Interment will be held at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Ona include her grandsons and her great-grandsons. Her honorary pallbearers include Freddie Leep, Phillip Baker, Rusty Gardner, Brodie Jones, Wayne Fisher, Bill Rhodes, Charles Mayberry, Bob Rogers, and Dr. James Brixey.

Ona Elsie Manes Evans was born on January 5, 1914 in Cherokee County, the daughter of John Manes and Eva Rose-Manes. She grew up in a household of nine children. Ona was athletic in school and held the high jump record at TPS for many years. She graduated from Tahlequah High School.

In 1932, she married the love of her life, Newton Jasper Evans. This union lasted until Jasper’s passing in 1994. Together they raised seven children, Joyce, Loretta, Phyllis, N.J., David, Gloria and Pam. Ona was a gifted wife, mother, and friend. When she wasn’t chasing children or helping around the house, Ona raised beautiful flowers and vegetables. She loved to sew, embroidery, and was always working on a new quilt when her eyesight allowed.

Spare time was spent serving her community by the Tahlequah City Hospital Auxiliary, working at Remarkables on Main Street, and the Cherokee County Election Board. Ona loved to keep her family and friends well fed, and you were in for a treat when she made her famous fried chicken, fried pies, and brown beans with cornbread.

Her family will forever be indebted for the integrity, character, and spirituality she passed down as her legacy. Ona joined the Centenarian club on January 5 of this year. A flag was flown at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City in her honor and in celebration of her 100th birthday. Ona was born during a time of the first automobile assembly line, the sorrow of World War I, and the proclamation of Mother’s Day by Woodrow Wilson, which is more than appropriate.

She continued to live alone in her home after her husband’s passing in 1994, only requiring assistance the last two months of her life.

Ona was a devout Christian and a member of the Southside Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher, and any other capacity where she was needed. She truly believed God had blessed her and her family, and held this belief all the days of her life. She adored her children, grand, great-grand, and great-great-grands and relished any time she could share a laugh with them. The Lord peacefully called this hard working woman to her eternal rest on June 8, in Tahlequah. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Ona is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Loretta Welch; three brothers, Earl Manes and his wife Mary, John Manes Jr., and baby boy Manes; and four sisters, Lucille Page, Laverne Ellis, Ethel Manes, and Betty Manes.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Joyce Peterson of Oklahoma City; Phyllis Ogburn of Athens, Texas; N.J. and wife Shirley Evans of Tahlequah; David and wife Jeanne Evans of Tahlequah; Gloria and husband Bug Waddle of Broken Arrow; and Pam Caldwell of Tahlequah. She leaves one sister, Hazel Page of Muskogee. Her legacy lives on in her 14 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

The children would like to thank Dr. James Brixey and Dr. Wallace Champlain for the many years of care and compassion shown to their mother. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made in her name to Southside Baptist Church, 300 Parker St., Tahlequah, OK 74464.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.

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