Kristen Evans, 50, of Bow, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 after a brave battle with uveal melanoma.
She was born in Concord on Feb. 4, 1968, the daughter of Susan (Beattie) and William H. Carpenter. Kristen was a 1986 graduate of Concord High School. During her school years, Kristen participated in basketball, track, field hockey, cheerleading, and was an outstanding soccer goalie for Concord High.
In her professional career, she worked for 30 years in the Information Technology sector for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Hewlett Packard and DXC Technology. She graduated from EDS’ Systems Engineering Development program. Working in management, she led multiple high profile projects. She will be remembered by her colleagues for developing strong bonds with her team members, being a great communicator and willing to tackle tough assignments.
Kristen was a passionate member of the Junior Service League (JSL) of Concord and held multiple offices, including secretary, vice president and president. She performed in plays, chaired committees and helped coordinate events to raise funds for women and children in need. She also served food at the Friendly Kitchen, painted local day cares, and distributed food at a local food bank. She was also a member of the Bow High School Booster Club. She participated in numerous breast cancer walks, adopt a highway and other community projects.
Her family and friends were always her priorities. One of the greatest joys of her life were her children and she took an active role in helping them both academically and athletically. Kristen was a constant at Bow sporting events, cheering on her own as well as other children. Even as her health was failing, she courageously attended events, whether it was watching the kids play basketball or in band concerts. Her grace in the face of adversity was inspiring. She also helped her sister battle breast cancer and was always there to support her nephews.
She was at home doing most anything, pitching a tent or throwing a dinner party. She loved gadgets and was especially tech savvy, helping friends and family along the way. She loved the ocean especially along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine and also traveled to Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, and other Caribbean Islands.
Kristen is survived by her devoted husband, Joe Evans of Bow, and their children, daughter Courtney, son Cameron and step-son, Collin; her father of Concord; one sister, Karen Cormier (late husband, Ronald Cormier Jr.) and their two sons, Christopher and Patrick of West Bridgewater, Mass. She is also survived by loving in-laws, nieces and nephews and a host of close family and friends.
There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Kristen’s life will be held on May 3, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marriott Grappone Center in Concord, N.H. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Kristen may be made in support of uveal melanoma research at Mass General Hospital. Gifts may be made online at www.giving.massgeneral.org (note “in memory of Kristen Evans” in the memo line). Checks may be sent to MGH Development Office, Attn: Megan Daniels, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.