Mr. and Mrs. Claude Evans, who now live Palm Harbor, Florida, but who spent many years in Frederick, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary recently. They attended a small dinner party hosted by their sons, daughters in law and and extended family members. Mike and Camille Evans of Dunedin, Florida, and Charlie and Kathie Evans, of Cape Carteret, North Carolina, planned the event.
The couple’s granddaughter, Sarah, and her husband Evan Tomlin, along with the couple’s great-grandson Henry Reardon, all of Dunedin, joined in the celebration. Their grandson, Allan Evans, of Stafford, Virginia, was unable to make the trip as were their two great-granddaughters, Krystal and Sierra Hays of Lynchburg, Virginia.
After serving as a United States Marine with the 6th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II, Claude returned to the United States where he met, fell in love with and married the former Miss Naomi Keeney of Frederick.
The couple were united in marriage in Baltimore on April 5, 1946. They spent most of their lives raising a family while working in Frederick. For many years Naomi worked at the Food Fair/Pantry Pride grocery store in the Frederick Shopping Center on Seventh Street. Claude worked a number of years as a patrol officer with the Frederick City Police Department before taking a position with the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles.
The couple were also very active servants in a number of areas with First Baptist Church of Frederick as well as active volunteers at the Frederick Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. The couple stayed close to their youngest son Mike and his family in Frederick and often traveled to visit Charlie and his family at various duty stations where he and his family were assigned. They moved to Palm Harbor, Florida in 1995. In 1996 their children gave them a trip to the Holy Lands with a side trip to London for their 50th anniversary.
Their lives together have modeled love and devotion those, among many other strengths, have seen them through the challenges of life. The vows they took on their wedding day “for better or worse, in sickness and health, for richer or poorer” have been witnessed through the prism of their lives together and serve as a testimony for their family and friends.