Footprints: Hermel Evans - A phenomenal woman
Hermel Evans, an educator, dedicated servant of God, mother and grandmother, was sent off on Saturday at the Webster Memorial Church with songs of joy and tears of sorrow by family members and friends after her July 9 passing at 62 years of age.
The gentle wind blew in this caring soul on November 5, 1952. As she learned and grew, her gracious heart fell in love with the sciences, which led her to become a teacher at the St Andrew High School for Girls for over 23 years.
Vice-principal of St Andrew High School for Girls Allison Bowes, who brought a tribute on behalf of the principal at the thanksgiving service for her life, described Evans' service to the school as revolutionary, granting her many awards and joy in her work.
Evans came into the lives of the Half-Way Tree-based St Andrew High School for Girls in 1980, teaching human and social biology with her youthful and exuberant charisma.
A very dedicated teacher, she was committed to the young ladies during her tenure before she resigned her post in 1990 and returned a year later when she answered the call of duty to head the science department.
Described as non-judgmental and cooperative by those who worked with her, she earned the Jamaica Teachers' Association Golden Torch Award for her sterling service to education.
As a member of the St John's Church since 1970, Evans was a committed servant of God and was also Sunday school superintendent and an elder on the Church board for more than 30 years.
While remembering Evans, a close friend, Clyde Shaw, said that one of the things he remembered most was her loving and humorous spirit. He also shared that he always admired her love for God and how hard she worked at times. According to Shaw, she was always good with children and it never surprised him that she was a high school teacher for most of her life, and the work she did with students was just her way of expressing that loving heart.
Evans, the mother of three children - Teino, Rory, Aneika - and four grandchildren, lost her lifetime partner last year and passed on July 9, 2015.
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