Phyllis J.M. Evans, administrative assistant, dies at 85

February 28

Phyllis J.M. Evans, who was an administrative assistant with the National Catholic Educational Association and other organizations, died Jan. 29 at her home at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md. She was 85.

She had a heart attack, her husband, Richard J. Evans, said.

Phyllis Jean Mattingly, a native Washingtonian, was a 1946 graduate of McKinley Technology High School and a 1950 graduate of the University of Maryland.

Early in her career, she held administrative jobs with the D.C. public schools and the Air Force.

In the late 1960s, she was a proofreader and editor for the Vantage Press.

She was an administrative assistant with the National Catholic Educational Association from 1972 until her retirement in 1988.

Mrs. Evans lived in Bethesda for 47 years and was a past president of the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase and a volunteer at the club’s thrift shop.

She was a member of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in the District, where she sang in the chancel choir for 52 years.

She also volunteered at the Metropolitan Washington Ear, a reading service for the blind.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Richard J. Evans of Gaithersburg, and two sons, James W. Evans of Rockville, Md., and Dean P. Evans of Clinton, Md. A daughter, Carol E. Evans, died in 2010.

— Matt Schudel

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