Evelyn Hays North, a devoted mother, grandmother and educator, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017, at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison.
She was the daughter of William Clarence Hays, MD, and Augusta McDougal Hays, two remarkable, loving, and supportive parents. She lived with a grateful heart because she knew her blessings to be manifestations of miracles.
Evelyn was born in Blue Springs, MS, December 5, 1926, and raised in Sherman where she graduated from high school, then graduated from Mississippi State College for Women in 1948 with a double major in library science and English. While teaching in Belzoni, she met her future husband, Linton Darden “Bar” North. They married in 1949. An English teacher of unparalleled dedication, she taught at Shaw High School and then for 10 years at Indianola Academy, completing her teaching career in the New Orleans area. With a gift for words, Evelyn wrote a popular column for The Bolivar Commercial while living in Cleveland, called “Have You Heard.”
When recognized for the first Distinguished Service Award by the Indianola Academy Alumni Association, it was noted that Evelyn had “a unique ability to relate to the entire spectrum of students — from the athlete to the academician. Her knowledge of English and American literature, her dedication to proper grammar and creative writing (including ‘thank you’ notes), and her diligence for the importance of good manners were all unique aspects of her teaching mode.”
Well known as an avid and serious bridge player, Evelyn was also a member and officer of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a visiting instructor at the Guangxi Foreign Language Center in Nanning, China.
Evelyn Hays North was preceded in death by her husband and her brothers, William Clarence Hays Jr., MD, and Freeman Cornelius Hays MD.
She is survived by her son, Darden Hays North, MD; daughter-in-law, Sally Fortenberry North; grandson, William Darden North, MD; granddaughter, Anderson Eleanor North, RN, BSN; and sister Marjorie Hays Livingston as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10 a.m. until noon at Parkway Funeral Home, Ridgeland, followed by a 3 p.m. graveside service at City Cemetery, Belzoni.
Memorials may be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church; 107 South Victoria Avenue; Cleveland, MS 38732 or the Susan G. Komen Foundation; P.O. Box 16451; Jackson, MS 39236.