Jervine (Kelley) Evans was peacefully called to glory on Monday, July 2, 2018. She was born on August 29, 1928 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Walter and Cordelia Kelley. At the age of 1S, she boarded a bus to Washington, DC where she came to live with her sister, Emma. Over the years, Jervine gave selflessly and tirelessly of herself in everything she did. She worked as a Parole Officer at the Halfway House for Women in Washington, DC for close to 2S years. She also served as a manager at Helping Hands Shelter for Women in Rockville, MD for 12 years. Jervine was not a stranger to giving her time and energy. She devoted much of her life in church ministry as a secretary at Freedom Baptist in Washington, DC for nearly 27 years. Furthermore, she served as Head Usher in the Health Ministry at Victory Christian Church International in Gaithersburg, MD for almost 2S years. She even opened her heart and home to four grandchildren (Paulette, Carlos, Keith, and Lewis) and raised them as her own. Jervine always sacrificed her needs for the good of her family and friends.
Jervine was a person of faith. Her favorite past time was reading scripture passages from her well-worn bible. As a God-fearing woman, staying connected to the Almighty Father gave her that inner peace. She also enjoyed her favorite television shows: "Law & Order", "Blue Bloods", and "24: The Series". She enjoyed playing "Spades" and reminiscing about days past and the joys and mishaps of raising her children. She was supportive and encouraging and very proud of all of them.
Jervine enjoyed Butter Pecan ice cream and Black Walnut ice cream. She also enjoyed making her very own dessert, "Jervine's Special"! For those that have had the pleasure of tasting this multi-layered decadent work of art, this delicious masterpiece will definitely be missed.
She always had a smile for you even when times were tough. Jervine had a quiet, but commanding strength. She rarely complained and always looked to a better future with her family. Even after being diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer, Jervine had every right to cry, be mad, angry, and distant. But she leaned on her faith in God. She lived every moment she was given. Neither hard times nor cancer would rob her of who she was. Up until her last days, she maintained a wonderful sense of humor. Always graceful until God called her home.
Jervine is preceded in death by her mother, Cordelia Mark, father, Walter Kelley, spouse, William Evans, daughter, Kim Allen, son, Tyrone Johnson, grandson, William Wallace, Jr., great-great granddaughter, Melana Harris, two brothers and six sisters.
She leaves behind to cherish her beautiful memory 2 sisters: Catherine and Essie Mae, six children: Leon Johnson (Angela), Beverly King (David), Darlene Sanders (John), James Wallace (Stephanie), William Wallace (Annette), LaVata Wallace, 23 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.
Jervine was dearly loved and will be sadly missed. A chapter completed, a page turned, a life well lived, a rest well earned.