November 8, 1974 - January 15, 2021
UTICA - Veronica L. Evans, age 46, entered to rest to be with our Lord with her loving daughter Qiaja S. Evans by her side on the evening of January 15tth, 2021. Veronica was the youngest daughter of four children born to the late Sam Evans Sr. and Sandra Greene- Evans on November 8th, 1974. Veronica grew up and was educated in the Utica City School District, and graduated from Utica Senior Academy in 1993. From there she went on to study at Mohawk Valley Community College and earned her Certificate in Early Childhood Education in 1993. Veronica realized her love for helping children when her nieces and nephews came to live with her and her mother Sandra by supporting Shamika and Officer Reginald Sanders and Tanisha and Robert Evans Jr. throughout their lives. Her first position was at the Utica Head Start as a Teaching Assistant for several years. Shortly thereafter, she also began working at Thea Bowman House Inc., where she devoted twenty- one years to servicing children from all walks of life. In addition to her long-term devotion to Thea Bowman, she also worked as a devoted Teaching Assistant for the Alternative Education Program at Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES for twenty -one years. Veronica had recently secured an additional position with the Central New York DDSO. She helped facilitate the Utica City School District Summer School for many years and supervised the NY State Regents exams. Not only did Veronica touch the lives of children during her chosen work field, she also supported the children in the Utica area. She spent many years working the Proctor athletic games where she would supervise the sporting events to assist the Utica City School District. In life, Veronica had so many interests. She loved shopping to look good, and travel with friends. She loved having her hair and nails done and presenting her most beautiful self. She had a large collection of shades that she matched with all her outfits. Veronica loved to have a good time and was the life of the party wherever she went. She loved game nights with her family and friends. She loved making her “most famous” macaroni salad, spinach dip and jello shots for family parties and outdoor barbeques. She enjoyed Sunday dinner with her niece Pooja and her nephew Robert Evans Jr. and their children. Veronica also had a great love for God and her church family where she is a member of St. Matthew’s Temple COGIC where Reverend J.L. Griffin was her pastor. She was a faithful member for many years. Veronica’s greatest love and joy was the birth of her daughter, the love of her life…Qiaja born May 3rd, 1996. She enjoyed being a mom to her precious one and only more than anything else in the world. She lived to care for and to secure a good life for her daughter. After having her daughter, Veronica realized that she had more love to give. She went on to be a foster mother to several other children. Veronica raised her great-nephew Da’Andre B. Watkins, Stephanie Mathis and her niece India Evans. She also helped raise the children of her closest friends and family. Veronica Evans was so loved by so many. She was an inspiration to all she encountered. Her beautiful smile lit a path of light wherever she went. Her laughter kept her friends and family going through good times and bad. She leaves to mourn her passing, the love of her life…her daughter Qiaja Evans. In addition to her daughter, her great-nephew Da’Andre Watkins, India Evans and Stephanie Mathis, and her grandchildren Anecia Lawrence, Kashmir and Nasir Grant. Veronica is survived by her three siblings. Her oldest brother, Robert Evans Sr. of Utica, her sister Andrea Evans (Al) of Utica, and Sam Evans Jr (MiMi) of Columbus, Ohio. Her aunts Juanita Monroe of Utica, Dorothy Blair of North Carolina, Rosetta Greene of Oneida, NY, Betty Greene of North Carolina. Her uncles are Ransom Sr. (Maye Helen) of Syracuse, and Archie Lee Evans of Utica, NY. She is survived by her Godchildren Amos Williams of Rochester, NY., De’Quan Sullivan of Utica, Mariah Foster of Utica, NY and Nah’jyah Ferguson of Rochester, NY. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Shamika Sanders, Officer Reginald Sanders, Tanisha (Walter) Blackshear and Robert Evans Jr. (Pooja) of Utica, NY. Veronica was predeceased by her mother Sandra Evans and her father Sam Evans Sr., her maternal and paternal grandparents, and her niece Shantay Evans and Tawanna Evans. Her aunt Sue Anne (Edward) Stevens. Her uncles James and Benjamin and Aunt Barbara Greene. Veronica also leaves to mourn so many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. The family of Veronica would like to extend a special thanks and love to her cousin Diana C. Greene who has always held a special place in her heart and who helped to arrange her care in her final days. The family and friends of Veronica would like to extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to the doctors and nurses at St. Elizabeth’s Intensive Care Unit in Utica and all of her doctors that have looked out for her over the past few years. We would like to give a special thanks to Veronica’s long-time relationship with her doctor Dr. Betro-Shkane and Carolyn Smith at the Hobart Street Clinic in Utica.
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