Evelyn Yvonne Miller Nash

Evelyn Yvonne Miller was born in the historic town of Eatonville, Florida on July 16, 1945, to Fannie Mae Miller and James Smalls. She received her primary education from Eatonville and Webster Elementary Schools, and high school education from Hungerford High. Evelyn met and married Herbert Jones, II, and from that union three children were born: LaTanya, Clinton, and Herbert, III.

Prior to Evelyn relocating her family to Los Angeles, California in 1970, she was a faithful member of St. Lawrence A.M.E. Church. After her move to California, Evelyn continued her education at Southwest Community College. She began her career with the state of California as an office assistant; but with hard work, determination and stamina, she obtained the position of Supervisor of Legal Support. Evelyn made history by becoming the first African-American woman secretary of the Presiding Judge for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

After many years of residing in California, Evelyn decided to return to her hometown. She was passionate about giving back to the community in which she grew up. Upon returning home, she wanted to work on helping the preserve Eatonville’s rich history. She served on the Dedication Committee for naming the Post Office in Eatonville, honoring the late Mrs. Catherine W. Clark Alexander.

Evelyn also served as a member of Eatonville’s City Council. She was on Eatonville’s Weed and Seed Committee. She was also actively involved in the NAACP, UNICEF, and the Feed the Hungry in Los Angeles, California. Because of her passion and love for working with young children, she became a substitute teacher with Orange County Public Schools. Evelyn was an entrepreneur and owner of Cousins’ Café in Eatonville.

Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praiseat the city gate. ~Psalm 31:31

Evelyn Yvonne Miller Nash made her transition to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Fannie Mae Miller; Father, James Smalls; Brother, Lawrence Miller; Sister, Betty Jean Henderson; her youngest Son, Herbert “Skipper” Jones, III; and Grandson, Troy Phillip Spellman.

Evelyn leaves to cherish in her memory; a loving, devoted, and caring Daughter, LaTanya Jones and her partner in life, Tamika Coleman of Lancaster, California; Son, Clinton Leon Jones, Sr. of Salt Lake City, Utah; Grandchildren: Timothy Edward Spellman, II, Robert Dion Jones, Clinton Leon Jones, Jr., August Phillip Jones, Chilon Miller Jones, and Charlemagne Jones; Sister-Cousin: Jannette Spurling; Cousin: Jannet “Sissy” Spurling; Dear Friends: Delia Morales and Vanessa Allen; and a host of sorrowing family and friends.

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