Evelyn Stone McRae, Born August 26, 1923, fled earth to eternity on May
11, 2020, at age ninety six. The tenth of fourteen siblings born to Lonnie &
Eular White Stone. She was the lone survivor, she was preceded in death
by William Orlando, George Lewis, Elmer, Katherine, Elizabeth, Agnes,
Ruth, Margaret, Samuel, Hilda, Hazel, James David, and Walter.
She was married to the late Williard Alphonso McRae and she is survived
by one daughter, Irene McRae Baines, one granddaughter Stephanie
Baines Bowens(Stephon) and one great-grandson, Johnathan Ryan
For more than eight decades as a member of Maxwell Chapel AME church
she held many pivotal roles. She was the last survivor and inaugural
member of the first organized chapel choir. She was missionary president,
church secretary, usher board president, a class leader, conference
delegate, stewardess, and first chair of the senior choir.
She was devoted, anointed and blessed to love unconditionally. She
dedicated thirty five plus years to caring for her mother, four uncles and
other family members through illness.
She “Loved us” not just with words, she lived it. The infused passion was
in the biscuits she baked, the cabbage and greens she cooked, her banana
pudding, the five flavor pound cakes and sweet potatoes pies. She made
chow chow that pinto beans couldn’t wait to embrace. It was all to die for.
She lived life with courage and strength in the grace of the lord, and by her
example we learned to do the same.
We can concede no victory to death,for we know our heavenly father is
more than a conqueror. We stand on the promise that his blood will never
lose it’s power and we therefore declare her legacy of hope, faith and
charity for all whom she touched.
She is Dr. Maya Angelou’s phenomenal woman, she is Zora Neal Hurston's
woman on a mountain top, she is Sojourner's Truth’s abolition partner
because with her strength she has saved so many of us. She embodied
phenomenal life skills, phenomenal personality, phenomenal faith and
We thank you father for your gift of time and space with your precious child.
She was our Superwoman and we have miles to go to fill her shoes or even
her steps. May we embrace the traces of wisdom she shared, the unique
gifts she often uncovered and carry her legacy in each of us.
We love you Aunt Ev, Goo Ma, Nama, Mama.
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