Joan Evans quietly and unobtrusively left her earthly life on Valentine’s Day, leaving us in the wake of her loss ever so grateful for the ‘wisdom woman’ she was to many over her rich and full life.
Joan was born in Mannum, daughter to George and Violet (Wilson) Evans and sister to Kathleen, Thomas and Francie.
Her early family life in Ponde was often the topic of her reminiscing and in these past months with a rising Murray River in flood, the memories shared were vivid of early days.
A professional educator, Joan was deeply committed to equity and excellence for students in city and country schools.
Her expertise and brilliance in all things especially science and technology left an enduring legacy at Mount Carmel College, Mary MacKillop College, and Caritas College Port Augusta, to name a few of the places in which she served.
As a teacher and principal, Joan (formerly Sister Martina) worked long hours to ensure the facilities and educational programs were of the highest standard.
The aptly named Sr Joan Evans Science Centre at Caritas College was a testament to Joan’s methodical, detailed approach to projects that have sustained over time.
Her commitment and interest in Josephite education was constant, giving wise counsel in so many varied situations.
Joan served on various committees including the Catholic Education Office Building Committee where her vision and wisdom were recognised as sound and trustworthy.
In 1996 she joined the Josephite Leadership Team where she contributed her expertise especially in buildings and finance.
Joan was committed to groups that worked on justice issues especially those involving First Nation’s People. She also worked diligently on advisory groups where her wisdom was greatly appreciated.
Joan excelled in various sports and was very competitive in tennis and bowls which she took up in later life. She also had a quiet capacity for enjoyment and fun.
Her practical approach to Josephite life and ministry was always evident in her commitment, encouragement and openness to God’s action shown in joyful, generous service.
Joan’s love of her family, her Josephite Sisters, colleagues and friends and her deep commitment to their care and wellbeing was shown in the quiet way in which she was ever present and aware of them over time and geographical distance.
Her warm heart provided a home and hearth space for all.
Joan is remembered with gratitude for revealing the glory of God in her life which was lived with such integrity, love, compassion and graciousness.
May Joan rest in God’s care and peace.
– Sr Chris Schwerdt RSJ