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Mrs. Mary “Baby Doll” Evans

Mrs. Mary “Baby Doll” Evans returned home to be with her Lord on Sunday, September 18, 2022 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Mary was born November 29, 1947 in Page WV to the late Willie and Lilly Hoston.


Mary, affectionately known to many as “Baby Doll”, was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was the matriarch of the family who was known for her famous smile and infectious laugh. His children and his sisters’ children will always remember fondly his loving heart and words of encouragement.

Mary, after her husband’s death, spent time in both WV and Baltimore, MD, where she raised her children and grandchildren. She also worked at Bonsecure Nursing Home in Baltimore, MD.

Mary took great care of her family and was known for her generous spirit. She was the central figure in the lives of her children and grandchildren and she always made sure everyone was safe, happy and healthy.

Mary, in addition to her parents, predeceased by her husband, James Evans; brothers, George Hoston and Charles Hoston; grandchildren: Ashley Hicks and James Evans; mother-in-law, Elsie Browder and brother-in-law, Clifford Goard.

Mary cherishes her memories of her daughters, Maria Jamison and Carmen (Kevin) Evans, both of Beckley, WV, Mary “Lil Mary” Evans of Catonsville, MD, and Elissa Hoston of Baltimore, MD; sisters, Elizabeth Goard of Catonsville, MD and Drema Browder of Oak Hill, WV; grandchildren, Cherish (John) Lewis, Radiance (Douglas) Staunton, Kendell (Autumn) Jamison, PFC Christopher Evans, Timothy Goard, Jr., Sydi Darden, Kevin Edmonds, Jr., Camren Edmonds, Brianna Hoston, Ryan Hoston and Johnathan Hoston; great-grandchildren, Zariyah Staunton, Aniyah Staunton, John Lewis IV and Ezra Brady; nieces, Kimberly (Donald) Leftwich, Tiffney (David) Canterbury and Lori (Brad) Davis; five great-nieces and great-nephews, Jeremiah, Nevaeh, David, Aayanna and Maxton and a host of other friends and family.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 30, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at Community Restoration Worship Center Lincoln St. (Harlem Heights) Oak Hill with Pastor Shannon Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at Meadow Haven Memorial Park, Ingram Branch.

Friends, while wearing masks and observing social distancing, can see and visit family an hour before the funeral.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Home, Beckley.