Evans, Marna I., Age 93, of Oxford, Ohio, passed away on Friday July 5, 2019. She was born on May 15, 1926 in Eaton, Ohio, the daughter of Dr. Frank C. Iber and Dr. Vera C. Iber. Marna is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Evans, daughter Reva Evans (Thomas Starkey), son Ethan Evans (Audrey) and granddaughter Tai Evans. She is also survived by brother Frank L. Iber (Betty), sister Donna Moseler, sister Renee Haase (Tom), brother Richard Iber (Jeff), as well as several nephews and great nieces.
Others special to Marna include daughter-in-law Donalu Evans, former daughter-in-law Kristi Evans and Rocket and Jaxon Lang.
Marna was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Wilbur Evans and son Zachary Evans.
Having the family together, enjoying her farm and loving numerous canine companions through the years brought the greatest joys to her life.
Marna was a graduate of Miami University and worked as a Registered Nurse at Ft. Hamilton Hospital.
As a lifelong area resident, Marna was very active in her community. She taught Sunday School at the Oxford Presbyterian Church for 14 years and was a Girl Scout Troop Leader and worked with the Girl Scout council for 15 years. Additionally, she was a member of the 6-4-8 Mental Health Board of Butler County.
Preservation of local history was a passion. Marna was instrumental in the restoration of pioneer Zachariah Dewitt’s log house and the Black Covered Bridge. Several area structures are listed on the National Historic Register due to her efforts.
Other contributions to the community include years of service on the Oxford Museum Association Board, chairing or working on several Bicentennial celebrations, helping to plan the annual Darrtown Memorial Day program and raising funds for new trees in the Darrtown Cemetery. In 2006, Marna was recognized with a special award by the Oxford Citizen of the Year committee.
In her later years, she attended the Darrtown United Methodist Church, became involved with the Talawanda School Board through her interest in providing great education and spent time at the Oxford Senior Citizens center making friends while playing Bridge, Cribbage and Euchre.
A celebration of Marna’s life will be held on Saturday, August 10, 1:00 p.m. at the Darrtown United Methodist Church, 4309 Walnut St., Darrtown, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends Humane Society, 1820 Princeton Rd., Hamilton, Ohio 45011 or the Oxford Museum Association, 6924 Brown Rd., Oxford, Ohio 45056.
Animal Friends Humane Society
1820 Princeton Rd., Hamilton OH 45011
Oxford Museum Association
6924 Brown Rd, Oxford OH 45056
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