Sara Lynn Evans, age 49, of Sugar Land TX passed away unexpectedly at home on May 26, 2012.
Sara was born August 4, 1962 in Roswell, NM to Ann and Clyde Roach. She is survived by immediate family, Keith (K.C) Evans; their daughters Alexis Evans, and Shelby Evans; sisters Cathy Burris, Linda Major, Brenda White, and Pamela Mackey; brother David Buchanan; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and her loving parents Clyde & Ann Roach of White Rock, NM. Sara is preceded in death by her sister Beverly Adams-Mattson.
Sara was born in Roswell, NM and moved to Los Alamos, NM with her parents and family when she was seven. She grew up in Los Alamos, building life-long friendships from elementary through high school. Sara attended New Mexico State University before moving to Dallas in the mid 80’s to pursue her dreams. In 1987 Sara broke her leg during a water ski run that had started out just like any of the hundreds she had ripped through before. Her accident led to a discovery of Ewings Sarcoma and a large tumor just above her knee. A year of intense chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiation treatments followed. While home in Los Alamos taking a break between treatments in Dallas, she went to lunch with Keith Evans, a sales rep at IBM and former middle school sweetheart. KC never went back to work that day and they were married the following year on July 22, 1989 at Holy Faith church in Santa Fe, NM. They had an incredible week with friends and family before the wedding followed by a romantic honey-moon cruise to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Sara gave birth to their first child, Alexis, on November 24, 1991 while on crutches and with a broken metal rod in her leg. After enduring 20-something surgeries on the sick leg over many years, Sara with KC and toddler Alexis at her side, decided it was time to remove the leg that had been trying to dominate her life. A team led by the Chief of Orthopedic Oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Washington D.C performed the surgery just a few weeks after Mother’s Day in 1993. Sara continued to have to fight through chronic nerve pain every single day of her life from then on. She delivered their second baby, Shelby, on November 23, 1994 after making it through the entire pregnancy on one leg. Sara continued to have the balance and grace from her early years of dance as she raised their two young girls and supported KC in the highs and lows of his sales career. Sara made a beautiful home, cooked, catered, transported, and sometimes may have teleported to handle family obligations all the while with a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes and warmth from her smile that made you feel important and loved. She used her crutches and prosthetics as an enabler rather than a disability. In August of 1996 the family moved to Houston, TX, settling in Sugar Land the following year to raise their children.
Sara dedicated her life to raising her children. While living in Santa Fe, she also worked in advertising and found time to volunteer on Pajarito Mountain, clearing and stacking wood to improve the ski terrain. She remained in contact with childhood friends Lori Poe-Hinojosa, Julie Montague-Therrien, and Kathryn Taylor-Lloyd whom she loved like her sisters. Sharon Kemmerer and Sara became friends in Sugar Land, seemingly being friends since birth.
Sara & KC loved and enlisted help for spiritual and life-long guidance of Alexis from her god-parents Donna Garcia and Gary Shelton; and for Shelby from her god-parents Sara’s sister Pam and her husband Jerome Mackey. Sara had a great love of softball, following her girls on adventures over hundreds of miles looking for the toughest competition in Texas. Always the outdoor girl, she loved skiing and learned to use outriggers to keep that fire burning. She loved camping and fishing with her family throughout her life. Friend Lori Poe remembers a motor home vacation as teens through Canada as the trip of a lifetime. Alexis and Shelby learned to fish from their Grandpa Clyde and their mom, while Sara’s mother Ann kept the camp alive and provided much needed backup plans for the occasional time “they all got away”.
Sara volunteered at the girls’ schools helping from the class room to the choir room to the softball fields. Sara also volunteered to help patients and families at Houston’s world-renowned Amputee & Prosthetic center that were facing the life-changing event of an amputation. The look on her patient’s faces was indescribable as she gave them hope for what the future holds and offered herself to them for emotional support. Although the meetings were emotionally draining, the lives she was helping kept her giving.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday June 5, 2012, 4:00 pm at Fishers of Men Church in Sugar Land. Another service to celebrate Sara’s life will take place in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the third week of July, 2012.
In keeping with Sara’s always unselfish and giving values, the family is donating Sara’s most recent and advanced prosthesis to help change the life of someone else who otherwise could not walk. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make donations to Limbs of Love at limbsoflove.com.
Arrangements entrusted to
Sugar Land Mortuary
1818 Eldridge Rd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77478