Bessie Evans

Obituary of Bessie Ella Evans


Mrs. Bessie Ella Evans was born on December 19, 1940 to Ernest Gaines, Sr. and Amanda Jones in Fayette, Missouri.  She was raised by her Great Aunt, Mary Liza Williams, also known as Mama Liza. Bessie attended Central High School in Kansas City, MO. Sister Evans accepted Christ at an early age at Bowers Memorial C.M.E. Church in Kansas City, MO.

Bessie was employed at U.S. Safety in Lenexa, Kansas for 32 years before retiring in 2010.  In her leisure time, she enjoyed going to the casinos.  She enjoyed helping others and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Bessie Ella Evans was truly blessed and departed this life on July 14, 2023.  She was preceded in death by her loving Husband, James R. Evans; Aunt, Mary Liza Williams; Father, Ernest Gaines, Sr.; Mother, Amanda Jones; beloved Brother, Ernest Gaines, Jr.; Sister, Shirley Jones.


She leaves to cherish her memory five children – Harvey Gaines of Kansas City, MO, LaVonne Martin (Herbert) of Houston, TX, Jorgeana Williams (John) of Brooklyn Park, MN, George Rock, Jr. of Kansas City, MO, and Marcus Rock (Tera) of Brooklyn Park, MN, 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, special Cousins Loretta Hill and Emmett Morris, Jr. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.


Memorial Service

11:00 am
Saturday, August 5, 2023
Cremation Society of Minnesota - Brooklyn Park
7835 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, United States
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