Jean Evans, 85

Jean Evans, 85, of Ames, passed away May 1, 2016, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Adams Funeral Home in Ames. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 13 at First United Methodist Church in Ames. Burial will be in the Zearing Cemetery.

Jean Marie Evans was born June 29, 1930, to Leland and Gladys Pauline (Gilmore) Turner in St. Anthony, Iowa. Jean graduated from Marshalltown High School, attended UNI and then received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dubuque. Jean and Thomas James Evans were married August 19, 1951. He passed away July 14, 1993. She worked as a teacher for 9 years. Jean married James Redepenning December 30, 2001.

Jean was a member of Chapter KC, P.E.O., Theta Chi, Ames Chapter of Iowa Questers, MGMC Auxiliary and Ruth Circle at First United Methodist Church. Jean loved reading, taking long walks, family vacations, P.E.O., a good hearty laugh and the Cyclones. Jean had a great sense of style that was reflected in her home and in her personal life. Jean’s passion for living was most evident in her love for family. She demonstrated that love in her encouragement to see the best in people and to love them unconditionally. Jean will be remembered most for the joy and laughter she shared with all who knew her and the grace she showed to those who needed it most.

Jean is survived by her husband, James Redepenning, of Ames; her children: Chris (Rich) Exsted, of Minneapolis, Minn., Rick (Becki) Evans, of East Moline, Ill., Ron (Jane) Evans, of Indianapolis, Ind. and Karen (Brad) Strehlow, of Ames; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her sisters, Norma (Bill) Speer and Marlene (Clair) Hartwig; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Tom Evans; her grandson, Zach Evans; and her sister, Eva Mae Turner.

Memorials may be designated to First United Methodist Church, 515 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, IA 50010 or Mary Greeley Foundation, Israel Family Hospice House, 1111 Duff Avenue, Ames, IA 50010