22 Years of Service in Compassion and Hospitality
Barbara “Bobbi” Evans was part of the first graduating class of Our Lady of Loretto High School in 1953. She had her heart set on attending Immaculate Heart High and “not that new school,” as she pleaded with her mother, but fate had other plans. There she made many dear and life-long friends (“too many to name”), such as the late Sister Rachel Pinal, and her “little sister” fellow Associate Rosalie Cabrera.
She recalls her time there was one of the best in her life and was appreciative of the teaching style of the Presentation Sisters. They taught her to “how to think and challenge” what did not seem right. Her leadership skills and “take charge” attitude were apparent as classmates voted her class president for freshman, junior and senior year. As an appreciation gift for the Sisters and the school, she guided her graduating class to fundraise and donate a beautiful statue of Our Lady.
Bobbie spent over 40 years in nursing. As a busy mom raising 6 children, she had no time to attend school to further her career. A supervisor recommended that she self-study by borrowing books from the medical library to prepare for the Licensed Vocational Nurse test. She passed the LVN state examination on the first try! She loved her job, and it brought her great satisfaction. She strongly believed that in nursing besides helping others, it was important to have a positive attitude which helped with their overall healing.
Besides Southern California, Bobbie has lived in Puget Sound, Washington and Henderson, Nevada, always serving in her parish guilds, assisting with the food banks, and kitchens or clothing drives for the underserved.
It was at a Golden Girls Luncheon, that by happenstance (fate once again) Sister Sylvia Hamilton and Sister Virginia King, were seated at her table. They “chit-chatted” and had a wonderful time getting to know each other. The sisters encouraged her to become an Associate as she was already doing Nano’s work. Her response was “I have always been a doer; I just like to help — I’m not a joiner!” They became good friends, and after gentle prodding by Sister Sylvia, Bobbie eventually would go to San Francisco over a year for the Associate learning process with Sister Sylvia.
Bobbie has now been an Associate for 22 years, and along with Rosalie Cabrera, was recently honored on their 20 Year Celebration of Membership at the Annual Associate Gathering on September 5, 2020.
Bobbie resides at Mayflower Gardens and provides hospitality to her fellow residents with the Coffee & Donuts Club one Saturday a month.
At her current parish, St. Junipero Sierra in Lancaster, she helps with the twice monthly breakfast preparations for the St. Vincent’s de Paul Center serving the homeless. The pandemic made that difficult, and prayer became her way to continue to help.
Bobbie’s current “take charge” assignment has been to retrieve the statue of Our Lady that her class of ’53 donated. She and other classmates would like to have it relocated to the Motherhouse. When Loretto High School closed, and merged with Bishop Conaty, the statue was sent there. Bobbie strongly believes her rightful place is with the Presentation Sisters in San Francisco. I have no doubt she will see that it happens!
~by Patricia Diaz