Elizabeth Ann Evans passes unexpectedly at 67

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 1:00pm

Elizabeth Ann Evans, of Winthrop, Mass., died unexpectedly on March 19, 2011. She lived on Block Island during her early childhood and moved with her family to Narragansett.

She was a graduate of Emerson College and was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Division of Professional Licensure.

Elizabeth Ann traveled worldwide with a group of friends over many years. She was especially fond of Africa and visited the continent many times. She had other trips planned before her untimely death.

The family home off Center Road was a fine Victorian style house where they lived in the summer months. The house was sold when her parents passed away but she owned three parcels abutting the homestead. She never lost her love for the island and would come for visits with old friends every summer.

She was the daughter of the late Alzadia Mott Evans and Capt. Clay T. “Billy” Evans. Elizabeth Ann traced her lineage to Tormut Rose, an original settler of Block Island. She was also a descendent of Thomas Dickens, Nathaniel Mott, Richard Dunn and Edward Ball.

A friend of Elizabeth Ann’s found a family Block Island history that she had written years ago. It reads, “Her mother’s parents were Silas Wilfred Mott and Mary Lucy Dunn Mott. Her mother was born in the Center Road home. Her grandfather, John Brown Dunn, owned the farmhouse that still stands at the end of Grace’s Cove Road. Her great-grandfather, Sylvester Mitchell, built double-enders on the west side.

“Her father was a sixth generation sea captain. He was one of the first captains for Interstate Navigation in the mid-1930s and he remained a captain for them until the late 1950s. During the 1954 Hurricane Carol, he took his father and an engineer and sailed the Yankee around the Great Salt Pond so that she wouldn’t ‘fetch up’ on the dock.”

Elizabeth Ann was named for the much-loved Block Island boat the Lizzie Ann. Her parents met on that boat and found it fitting to name their only child after that vessel. The Lizzie Ann served Block Island bringing freight, passengers, an occasional car on the front deck, as well as coal and cows.

Keith Lewis, a friend since childhood, often said of Elizabeth Ann, “It’s a good thing your dad wasn’t captain of the Sprigg when you were born or your name would have been Sprigg Carroll!”

Edie Blane remembers Elizabeth Ann as a bubbly little girl with copper colored hair. She was adored by her parents and was the apple of her father’s eye. Every summer when she came out to visit, she would view her land with dreams of building a small house to once again live on Block Island.

She is survived by cousins Agnes Gray of Kingston, Richard Gray of Saunderstown, George Gray of East Greenwich and former husband Richard Long.

There will be a memorial service for her at noon on Thursday, April 14, at the Church of the Advent, Brimmer Street, Boston. Services on Block Island are yet to be scheduled with a burial to follow at the Island Cemetery.