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Evelyn Paye

I read in the online version of The Union on May 12 about the memorial service for Evelyn Paye scheduled for May 20. When I was in fourth grade at Bell Hill school some 55 years ago, Evelyn ignited in me an enduring love for vocal music. A short time later, I participated in her chorus at Hennessy School, and those years constitute a period in my life that I will always cherish.

Her talented, energetic, supportive, and nonpretentious persona inspired me deeply and, as a youngster preoccupied with social acceptance, she made me go from feeling noticed to feeling indispensable during my middle school years. After I graduated from Nevada Union High School and left Grass Valley, we corresponded for several decades, and those qualities that made her special never changed. Her influence was exponential as she touched the lives of thousands of students over the years, and I, a retired educator, was fortunate to be one of them.

Roger Mock



Watsonville


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