September 1, 1931 – November 23, 2022
Per Evie’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Instead, her family and friends will have a memorial dedication at the Topeka Zoo in the spring - to honor her love of animals and her many years of volunteer service at the zoo. The family requests in leu of sending flowers, donations be made in her name to the Topeka Zoo or to the local Humane Society (ASPCA).
What can I say? Evie was so many things to me—a friend, a teacher, another mother. If she had a superpower, it was her ability to encourage. Those of us who joined the Write Stuff group which met Tuesday mornings at the public library knew how effective she was not only encouraging us to write but also encouraging us to push for excellence. We also knew some of her own personal story and caught glimpses of how effective she was encouraging others to meet their own problems head-on. I had the honor of seeing her interact with youth when I taught social studies in the U.S.D. 501 system and she taught in the outdoor education program, encouraging seventh graders (as well as other youth) to take an interest in the Topeka community as well as the wonderful outdoors world she loved so much.
- Kristine A. Polansky
I went to my first KAC convention alone. I must have Iooked lost, as this tiny dynamo of a woman grabbed my arm and said, “You can sit with us.” Evie Green introduced me to Trudy McFarland, Barbara Brady, Sam Pierson and likely many more KAC members who I eventually l counted as friends. When I moved from Dodge City to Topeka, it was wonderful to have this network of support already in place. Evie welcomed me to Topeka where I enjoyed monthly meetings of Kansas authors for the first time. She took my kids fossil hunting, a trip they still talk about to this day. She was such a natural teacher, and Evie often told the story of my son with a bag of fossils in hand declaring, “This is the best day ever!” After that field trip, I remember my son musing, "So there's an Evie Green and an Evie Simmons. Do you think there is a Kaman Green? A Maddie Green?"
I often addressed Evie Green as “my 2nd favorite Evie” because she and my daughter shared the nickname. One day, we were visiting Evie's house where she had introduced my kids to her pet turtle, and then advised them to think long and hard before getting a turtle. “They live long lives!” She told my kids. “You have to think about who is going to take care of them when you are not able to do so.”
Evie carried a notebook of her favorite writings with her, and I was thrilled one year when she pulled it out at the convention and showed me that she had put some of my work in her book. She said it was full of favorite pieces that made her feel good and she would sit down and read it whenever she needed a lift. I enjoyed correspondence and phone calls from Evie over the years, and always loved reuniting at the conventions once I’d moved on to Emporia. Her gracious welcome left a big impression. She is missed.
- Tracy Million Simmons