Rosalee Sandra Evans |

Rosalee Sandra Evans

Rosalee Evans, a native of Nevada City, died peacefully in her sleep on September 6, 2013, in Grass Valley. She was 69.

Private interment will be at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City.

Rosalee was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Nevada City Calif., to Lee Robert and Amelia Evans.

She graduated from Nevada Union High School, class of 1961.

During the 1960s, she worked at the Nevada Lodge at North Shore Lake Tahoe as a blackjack dealer. She also was an avid traveler, which led her to Europe, Asia and the Far East. These experiences gave her a repertoire for her writing.

She wrote a book entitled “Another Body in the Lake,” based on her experiences at the clubs and the colorful people she met.

Rosalee attended California State University at Long Beach, majoring in criminology. She received her bachelor’s in 1972 and her master’s in 1973.

In 1975, Rosalee returned to Nevada City and worked for the Nevada City Police Department. She then worked at Washington Ridge, the California Youth Authority, until an injury forced her into retirement. She also worked as night auditor at the Best Western in Grass Valley for many years. It was here that she developed her love of cats, spending each night with Sara, the resident feline.

Music was part of her life, and she was the choir director and organist for St. Canice Catholic Church in Nevada City until 1995. She had been an accomplished pianist and vocalist since childhood.

In 1990, she moved into a small house in Nevada City. She turned the back yard into an English garden, inspired by her trips to England. She would throw the most wonderful summer Solstice parties and open her garden for viewing. She was a regular at the growers market, where she shared her plantings with the locals. She was an avid photographer and shared her beautiful photos of Nevada City and England.

For eight years she wrote a monthly column on the op-ed page for The Union that was well received and anticipated by readers of all ages.

In 1987, she helped to start the Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation. She was also active with the Nevada County Chernobyl Children’s Project.

In 2010 Rosalee moved to Hilltop Commons in Grass Valley, where she made numerous friends and wrote a monthly article about the resident cats. She was working on a new book about cats at the time of her passing.

She leaves behind her brother, Douglas Evans (Linda) of Sacramento; nephew, Ian Evans of Placerville; great-nieces Jacelyn and Sara Mula of Lompoc; and many friends.

Rosalee was preceded in death by her parents; nieces Lisa and Shannon Evans; and her life partner, Jack Gouch.

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