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Evelyn (Evie) Brien-Wells, 75

Evelyn (Evie) Marie Brien-Wells of Hitchcock, Texas, passed away on March 12, 2024, surrounded by her loving family.
Evelyn was born to Larry and Jo Svedin of Hallock, Minn., on Aug. 9, 1948. She graduated as valedictorian of Lake Bronson High School in 1966 and in 1969 received her RN from Lutheran Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn. After completing nursing training, she ventured to Alaska over the Alcan with her sister, Lorraine, and friend, Rosemary, and worked in Anchorage before moving to Washington and then the Midwest to start her family and continue her career. She worked in various nursing disciplines over the years including med/surg, ortho, home health and she retired from hospice nursing. Out of all her jobs, she said being Mom was her favorite.
She sang in and directed choir; played the piano and organ; grew a large garden every summer and froze, canned and dried the bounty of her harvests. She knitted, crocheted and was a skilled seamstress and quilter, making quilts for her family and friends with joy. She traveled with her husband across the country in their RV, bringing back lovely artisan crafts from the places they visited. In retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at the local thrift store and at the Galveston County Food Bank, and going on outings with friends.
Evie will be missed dearly by: husband, Ralph, her sweetheart of 33 years; daughters (“her girls”) Heather and Holly; step-son, Ken (Su Na); stepdaughters, Diana (Micah) and Kara (Mark); grandchildren, Heather, Nathan (Julie), Robyn and Hunter, Juliet and Maggie; brothers, Ron (Ann Marie) and Leo; sisters-in-law, Monica, Miriam (Denny), Perlita and Lisa; aunt, Stella; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; brother, Duane; and sister, Lorraine.
Evie will be remembered for her beautiful smile and kind heart. People could feel her warmth when she walked into a room. We were all better for knowing her and experiencing her love. Her hugs were like sunshine.
Her family wishes to thank MD Anderson Cancer Center, Encompass Pearland and Divinity Hospice, all of whom cared for her in her last weeks of life. Thank you also to everyone who took the time to get typed for white blood cell donations.
The family requests memorials be made to the Galveston County Food Bank and encourages everyone to give blood if they are able.
A private event will be held at the family’s house. Arrangements are handled by Bay Area Funeral Directors. Correspondence for the family may be sent to P.O. Box 964, Hitchcock, TX 77563.

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