Georgia Louise Evans, 78, of Macon, passed from sleep to eternal rest in the early hours of August 27, 2016, at Macon Health Care Center.

Georgia Louise Evans, 78, of Macon, passed from sleep to eternal rest in the early hours of August 27, 2016, at Macon Health Care Center.

She was born January 8, 1938, in Macon, Missouri to Frances Elizabeth Brammer Kreick (Burkhart) and George Kreick. Georgia was fond of telling everyone she was born on the same day as Elvis Presley, three years later. She graduated from Macon High School in 1956, and was a member of the girl’s basketball team from 1953-1956 at a time the Macon High girls were practically a dynasty in high school girls basketball in the area, playing with other Macon High legends such as Louise Wills and Nancy Western.

Although Georgia was immensely proud of her high school basketball career, she was also proud of the fact that she tried to befriend many people, even when society did not make that easy. She often spoke of when the high school was integrated in 1955, and how she worked at being a welcoming presence to the incoming African-American students. She never met a stranger, and tried to show love and kindness to people whenever possible.

The summer after graduation, she moved to Florida and actually spent a few months living the “Beach Party Bingo” Frankie-and-Annette life, and she looked back on those times with much fondness.

When Georgia moved back to Macon, she married Don M. “Mad Dog” Cook on August 2, 1959, who later became a nationally known drag racer and dubbed “Quickest Man in the World” by the American Hot Rod Association, who preceded her in death in 2013. They had one child, Maria, who survives. Georgia later married William R. (Bud) Evans, on March 26, 1962, and was married to him for 26 years, surviving her. Georgia and Bud were known for their love of camping with friends, playing cards at their house, and were often the life of the party. Georgia had a love of animals and the outdoors and many baby animals got their start in her kitchen, ranging from baby raccoons and squirrels, to triplet baby goats.

Georgia had a 36 year career in the Macon Division of Family Services office as a stenographer, opting for early retirement. This began a whole new phase in her life, where she was often seen around many restaurants in Macon, visiting and socializing with the many and various people she knew in town. Although she was always proud of being a career state employee, she never regretted early retirement and truly loved this stage in her life, being around people even when she was confined to a portable oxygen tank because of her emphysema. She was quick to make others smile and had a vast variety of jokes at her fingertips. Her dog Casey was also known around town as she often took him along in the car on her errands. Although the ravages of emphysema made her final years difficult, she was still capable of great kindness and unselfishness. Even in her last days, she was happy that her dog Casey was adopted out to an older woman who had recently lost her husband. She will be greatly missed for her sense of humor, her fighting spirit, and her love of “bling”.

Georgia is survived by her daughter, Dr. Maria L. Evans, of Greentop, MO, as well as her close friends Anne Morris, Brenda Ronchetto, and Margaret Cleek of Macon, MO. She is also survived by everyone in Macon who knew her as a fixture about town and can recall a story she’s told. She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Robert Lee Burkhart, and a half brother, Richard Lee Burkhart.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 10 am, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon, MO, with Pastor Elden Kohn officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Macon. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 pm at the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon, MO. Memorials can be made to the Field of Dreams Rescue P.O. Box 206 Kirksville, MO, 63501, or the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon.