Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Edith Evans was born on September 21, 1875. Her great-grandfather had come to America from England and had built and amassed a huge estate and fortune. Her grandfather had become a fur trader and collected paintings (a few, he donated to the Metropolitian Museum. his daughter, (her mother, Angeline) married Cadwalader Evans whom was a successful stock broker in New York. Edith's father died of kidney failure when she was three. He left her, her sister Lena (aged 6) and her mother. Edith's mother always made sure they went to church and were sincere in all that they did for the Lord. This made Edith and her sister grow strong in the Holy Spirit. Edith had gone to see her cousins in France and was returning home on the TITANIC getting on the ship at Cherbourg and was in cabin E-29 in 1st class. She was very social on board and became friends with the Strausses whom were also from New York. She was carrying over 6,000 dollars in jewels. She was asleep when the iceberg struck. Around 12:00, she was woken up by a steward and told to go up on deck. She and her friend, Caroline Brown were waiting and when they approached the lifeboat, it was the very last one. The officer told them that only one more could board the boat. Edith pushed Caroline forward saying "She has children!". Archibald Gracie came up and said, "We'll get you into the next boat Miss Evans". Nothing is known about her after that. Her body was never was never recovered. There was a plaque in memory of her saying, "In gratitude to God For the memory of EDITH CORSE EVANS who in the midst of life gave herself up for others on the TITANIC XV April MCMXII trusting in Him who hath made the depth of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over Love is Strong as Death." When her family came to her house, they found a will that she had made earlier that year at the age of 33. No one knows why. Perhaps she had known that she was going to die. Edith was one of eight 1st class women that died in the sinking.