Loie Evans is a long time resident of Evergreen. She and her husband John moved to Evergreen about 40 years ago.
In the '80's, you would find Loie volunteering at Marshdale Elementary School, and in the '90's among other things, she co-chaired the All Night Party at Evergreen High School for two years. Now a grandmother, she's still involved with schools, often lending a hand to support her two granddaughters, Zoe and Spencer Peesel, who attend the Montessori School of Evergreen.
Loie particularly enjoys school field trips at the Lake in conjunction with the Nature Center because she is an avid birder and loves sharing her knowledge of the Evergreen World with this next generation. Loie also keeps and updates the Birding Chart at the Lake as well as participates in the Christmas Bird Count and other bird counts through Evergreen Audubon.
Working behind the scenes, Loie is helping Sylvia Brockner to catalog on the computer more than 2,000 of Sylvia's articles "Our Evergreen World" that have appeared in the Canyon Courier over the past 33 years. She's also made it possible for Sylvia's drawings to be printed on notecards which can be purchased from local businesses.
Loie and her brother have authored the premier River Guides for the Grand Canyon, Green River/Desolation Canyon, and the San Juan. They were the first to put geologic maps on waterproof paper, including interesting facts on flora, fauna and history. Click here to see a sampling of their books. She's an avid outdoors person and has worked as a river guide in the Grand Canyon.
Loie is known for her kindness and generosity in the giving of her time and the sharing of her expertise. She is the ultimate "giver" and that includes her cooking – she's famous for her chocolate chip cookies! Between being the pastry chef at the A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming for several years and cooking the unexpected for those on her river trips (she's been known to have ice cream dropped by a helicopter in order to serve Baked Alaska on the river banks in the wild), Loie is able to handle feeding large groups with ease. She's been known to organize and coordinate multitudes on short notice but "with a spirit and love that makes anything big not undoable," according to the person who nominated her for this recognition.
Loie serves on the board of her church, First Church of Christ Scientist, Evergreen, and recently completed a tern on the board for the Montessori School of Evergreen.