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“Mike and Judy,I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families. Celebrate the beauty of you mom's life and...Read More »
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“When I think of Mrs. Evans I remember pool parties, barbecues and the adults drink of choice - "Gin and Squirt". Mr.and Mrs. Evans were not just...Read More »
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Dessie Evans, age 91, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Beaumont Hospital's Grosse Pointe Campus. Dessie was born January 3, 1926 in Detroit, daughter of the late George and the late Pearl (nee: Zubovich) Vukmirovich.

Growing up on Russell Street in Detroit, Dessie's eventual dive into the work pool found her at the Hydramatic Transmission Plant that built transmissions for General Motors' products. But the most important work she did had nothing to do with work at all, but moreso with the love and nurturing she poured out to her loved ones as a homemaker and caretaker. But the beginnings of her precious family was a love story that began at Hydramatic.

It was there that Dessie had a workmate named Bessie, who just happened to be the sister of a fine young gentleman by the name of Thomas Henry Evans,…her single brother whom she felt would make a great match for Dessie. The rendezvous was arranged, the young couple met, and their coming together would ultimately lead them to the altar where they promised themselves in marriage and began their journey as husband & wife. Together, they built upon the warmth and comforts of home, raised a beautiful family, and grew deeper in love with each passing day,…a love story that recently found Thomas & Dessie celebrating their 68th Wedding Anniversary, a celebration enjoyed aboard a cruise ship with 24 family members in tow.

When Dessie was able to find a little "me time" or sought a bit of entertainment, her tastes covered a gamut of things she loved to do,…like tripping the light fantastic in the arms of her beloved Thomas on the dance floor. Dessie was part of an era where ballroom dancing was an event shared and frequented by many of that time. It wasn't odd to see a dance hall packed with people who enjoyed cutting-a-rug, and Dessie was one of them. Another of her favorite pastimes was watching figure skating. There was just something stylish and artistic in watching the skaters float across the ice with seeming grace and poise, and Dessie could watch it forever.

Dessie was also an avid reader. When she was seeking some quiet and solitude, there was nothing better than curling up with a good book for a little fulfillment from the pages. Yet if getting out of the house for a bit more energetic entertainment was calling her name, that call often came from the casinos. Dessie loved giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money in her favorite game of chance, and the casino was the perfect venue for unwinding.

Travel was another pastime she enjoyed and nurtured. Together, she and Thomas built upon a travel portfolio that included such destinations as Europe, Hawaii, and the ever-popular Las Vegas. Seeing the sights and exploring new and interesting places on the globe had Dessie's name written all over it, and there's no doubt that she made her mark around the world. How many people can say that, eh? But it was a dream she made come true! And though it was previously mentioned, sailing the seas aboard a luxurious cruise ship was a mode of travel that Dessie enjoyed a number of times,…at least bi-yearly, for sure. All that food,…all that pampering,…all those wonderful memories.

Yet there's no mistaking,…Dessie's greatest pleasures in life did not come from destinations, events or things, they were centered around the most precious jewels in her life, her cherished family. Life held no greater joy for Dessie than the times she shared with her loved ones, making memories and basking in the togetherness that melded them as one. And these moments together were made even more special when Dessie was cooking for them, especially at the holidays. Dessie was a great cook and could perform some incredible magic in the kitchen. Give her a work space, a stove and an oven, and something tasty and outstanding was sure to follow. Meal times at Dessie's table were always a feast and a thing to behold. If you left her table hungry, you just weren't tryin'!

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Dessie leaves a legacy that is sure to be revered, respected, and emulated for the beauty it will convey with each reflection shared. She touched a multitude of hearts and souls along the way and impacted countless lives in her journey through life. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Dessie was the beloved wife of Thomas Henry Evans for 68 years. Loving mother of Denise (John) Laga, Thomas George (Katie) Evans, Michael (Judy) Evans and Dwayne (Lisa) Evans. Dear sister of Nada "Honey" Hodak. Cherished grandmother of John, Noelle (Mike), Kayle (Brian), Karle (Chuck), Francesca, Alisha and Thomas. Also survived by 4 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by 10 siblings.

Visitation for Dessie will be held Friday, March 17th from 3 - 9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Road) in Warren. Her Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, 10:00 am at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Please share memories of Dessie at her guestbook above..