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Gladys Evans dies; mother of Wayne County executive

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Perhaps because she was an artist and teacher, Gladys Helen Cleage Evans always “delivered her message gracefully,” her family said.

She was the “epitome of subtlety and charm,” said her granddaughter Nikki Studstill.

Mrs. Evans died of natural causes Thursday, May 26, 2016. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Detroit.

Mrs. Evans, the mother of Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, was 93.

Born Sept. 29, 1922, to Dr. Albert B. Cleage and Pearl Cleage Sr., Mrs. Evans was the sixth of the couple’s seven children.

A Detroit native, Mrs. Evans attended Wingert Elementary and Northwestern High School. She graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in education. She also studied for a master’s degree at the University of Detroit.

Mrs. Evans taught art at several Detroit Public Schools, including Tappan Junior High. She retired from the district after teaching for 25 years.

A member of the Shrine of the Black Madonna, founded by her late brother, Mrs. Evans sang in the church choir, served on its usher board and contributed to the church’s Cultural Center.

An artist who liked drawing people, Mrs. Evans also enjoyed ice skating, listening to jazz and reading. She enjoyed nature and spending time with her family in the historic west Michigan resort Idlewild.

“She loved her family and enjoyed collecting and displaying their photographs,” said Studstill.

Survivors include sons Warren Cleage, Blair Hugh, Dale Courtney; a daughter, Jan Peterson; and a sister, Barbara Cleage Martin. Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. E. Warren Evans; her parents; and siblings Albert Jr., Louis, Henry, Hugh and Anna Cleage Shreve.

The family hour will precede the memorial service at 10 a.m. at the church, 7625 Linwood at Hogarth in Detroit.

A private burial will be in Detroit.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial tributes be made to JAA Scholarship Fund, 700 Seward, Detroit, MI 48202. Attn Mary Blackmon.

Arrangements are being handled by Stinson Funeral Home, 16540 Meyers Road, Detroit.

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