Jeanne Piper Evans, 1934 – 2017

Jeanne Evans passed away on June 28, 2017, after a short illness in Adventist Health Hospital (San Joaquin) in Bakersfield.

She was born Jeanne Piper to Ralph M. Piper and Natalie Boyd Piper on Feb. 2, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio. Jeanne grew up in the Bellwood and Altona, Pa., area, attending Bellwood-Antis High School in Bellwood, graduating in 1952.

After high school, she was accepted at the then Presbyterian Nursing School in Pittsburgh, Pa. It was there she met her future husband, William Evans. After graduation, she married Bill on Aug. 2, 1955, in Wilmerding, Pa.

The family first settled in Painesville, Ohio, in June 1960. The next move was to Culver City in July 1965; then to La Palma in April 1966, where she worked in the recovery room at Buena Park Hospital. She transferred to Kaiser Permanente in Long Beach in 1985, and that was her last job before moving to Bear Valley Springs in 1986.

In 1988, she became a school bus driver for the Tehachapi Unified School District, retiring in 1995.

Her passion for music never waned … piano, organ, trumpet, and all other instruments, with scrapbooking becoming her second love.

Jeanne is survived by her husband of 63 years, William Evans of Bear Valley Springs; daughter, Debra L. Evans of Lancaster, Ky.; and son, Dwayne B. Evans of Nicholasville, Ky.; and five grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel, followed by a reception at The Woods Pavilion. Interment was at Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin.

In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to Hoffmann Hospice, 8501 Brimhall Rd., Bldg. 100, Bakersfield, CA 93312, (661) 410-1010. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences, please visit

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