Leatha Leota Kylander Evans


(Feb. 4, 2008)

Leatha Leota Kylander Evans, 92, was born on May 7, 1915 and died Feb. 4, 2008.

For many years she was director of nursing at Powell Valley Hospital.

Born in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Evans was the daughter of Arthur and Lulu Kylander. Evans and her two sisters and two brothers were raised in Powell.

At age 17, Evans began nursing school in Billings and graduated from St. Vincent’s in 1934.

After working at Powell Valley Hospital for years, Evans moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, in 1973 to be director of nursing at Southern Oregon General Hospital.

Evans was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Spencer, and son, Reid. She is survived by her daughter, Robbie Ross; son-in-law, Phil Pifer; grandchildren, Zann and Lance Rea; two siblings, nieces and nephews.

Evans always said she wanted flowers and visits before her death, not after. So to honor her request there will be no memorial service.

Evans ashes will be sprinkled on the Evans’ ranch in Wyoming.

Her love of nursing and surgery brought Evans great joy. Her loving and caring nature touched the lives of many. For those fortunate enough to call Evans a friend, they knew she was truly and angel in disguise.

Evans had a wonderful outlook on life and always said everything was all right. It is now. No more pain, broken bones or memory loss to bother her.

Heaven received a new beautiful angel when Leatha Leota Kylander Evans went to join the Lord.

Arrangements by Stephens Family Chapel, 1629 Williams Highway, Grants Pass, Oregon, 97527. Sign the Evans’ family guest book at www.stephensfc.com