September 27, 1944 ~ August 16, 2021
Born in: Columbus , Mississippi
Resided in: Greece , New York
Linda Carol Jackson Evans, 1944 -2021
Linda was born during WWII in Columbus, Mississippi, to Lt. William Adelbert Jackson and Bernadine Marie Roach Jackson. Survived by her beloved best friend and husband of 55 years, Richard Kingsley Evans. She will be deeply missed by her children, Laura Kathryn Evans Szoczei (Miklos), William Richard Evans (Katarina); her four dear grandchildren, Jessica Lin Colmerauer, William Richard Colmerauer, Elena Margita Evans, and Juliana Linda Evans; her little sister, Cheryl Ann Jackson Poules (Jay), several cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Besides the love and pride for her treasured family, teaching children was her most significant life accomplishment. She began as a Head Start teacher for Seneca Indian children and then a tutor for special needs children through BOCES #2. She continued as a substitute teacher in Gowanda, Webster, Spencerport, and Greece. For the next 30 years, Linda shined as a classroom teacher in kindergarten and grades one, three, four, and five at Kirk Road and West Ridge Schools in Greece, NY. She missed her “daily dose” of youthful smiles every day of her retirement.
As a lifelong admirer of nature’s beauty, power, and tranquility, Linda has been a lifelong caretaker of wildlife and a committed environmentalist. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters’ environmental committee and the only woman and Democrat on the Town of Greece Environmental Board for 17 years. For decades, she supported the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, and Greenpeace through volunteerism.
Always seeking to make a positive difference in her community, serving others was a central part of who Linda was. As a busy young mother working full time and attending graduate school, Linda volunteered as a medic with the Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She took much pleasure through her volunteer activities with the Town of Greece Historical Society, the Rochester Museum and Science Center docent program, and the RMSC Women’s Council. She spent countless hours as a volunteer caregiver at Greece’s Journey Home Hospice and was well-known to her family and friends for the dedicated yet gentle comfort she provided during troubled times.
Music provided added joy to Linda’s life, and she played the flute in several local groups, including the Greece Community Orchestra, Greece Concert Band, Irondequoit Town Band, Hilton Gazebo Band, she sang alto with the Rochester Oratorio Society.
Linda’s family hopes her legacy of giving lives on in those touched by her loving character and through the precious lessons she shared with everyone who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, you’re invited to make donations in Linda’s name to Rochester’s Golisano Children’s Hospital or the Rochester chapter of the Sierra Club.
The family will celebrate Linda on September 25 at a casual gathering of love and laughter. All are welcome to join in celebrating her at 75 Mill Road, Greece, NY (Rochester), 14626 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Bring your memories.