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Ann Cato Evans

December 21, 1939 ~ July 31, 2020 (age 80)


The family of Ann Cato Evans announces her passing, on Friday, July 31, 2020, at the age of 80 years.  Ann was predeceased by husband, Anthony Evans, parents, James and Kathryn Cato, sister, Nancy Wright, and daughter, Pamela Evans Thornton. Ann will be lovingly remembered by daughter Kitty (Warren) Turner, son, James Anthony Evans, son-in-law, David Thornton, four grandchildren, Kathryn Thornton, Ben Thornton, Allison Turner and Claire Turner, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Ann was born December 21, 1939 in Pageland, SC to James and Kathryn Cato. When she was young, the family moved to Hamlet, NC.   Ann was a creative and outgoing person and she enjoyed being involved with all kinds of activities.  In high school, she was involved in cheerleading, yearbook editing, debating and performing. While attending Hamlet High School, she met the love of her life, Tony Evans. They were married in Hawaii while Tony was stationed there with the US Army. After his service, Tony and Ann lived in Columbia, SC, where they were blessed by the births of two daughters, Pam and Kitty.  The family moved to Fayetteville, NC when the girls were young. During their time in Fayetteville, they were again blessed by the birth of a son, Tony.

Ann and Tony enjoyed a life filled with many wonderful friends and family.  They loved dancing, playing games, family dinners, and spending time together.  Both had a very strong Christian faith and enjoyed being involved in the church through worship, fellowship and volunteering.  Ann was very active in the Junior League and loved to create things that were sold at the annual Christmas Bazaar.  It was during this time that Ann developed her own successful business, designing and selling needlework patterns.  Family was always Ann’s number one priority and she spent her adult life devoted to taking care of her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a very caring and nurturing woman and she will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amy’s Place, a memory café that provides support for persons with dementia and their caregivers.  Donate online: 

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August 22, 2020

2:30 PM
Richmond County Memorial Park
1717 East Broad Ave.
Rockingham, NC 28379

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