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Ethel Alyce (Nadeau) Evans passed away at her home in Brookings. She was 102.

Ethel was born April 30, 1910, in Boise, Idaho to Noel and Emma (Nordmark) Nadeau.

Ethel grew up a hard worker. She held her first job at the age of 9 emptying "thunder mugs" in a hotel in Placerville, Idaho.

During the Great Depression, she held three jobs in Caldwell, Idaho: one as a waitress, one as a clerk at Peckam's Department Store, and one as a piano player in a dance band on the weekends. She later worked as the registrar for the Utah Council of Girl Scouts in Salt Lake City, where she would retire at the age of 73.

She married Ralph A. Evans on June 28, 1937, in Caldwell. In 1942, they moved to Bingham Canyon, Utah, where they owned Evans Bingham Drug Store. In 1952, Ethel and Ralph moved to Sandy, Utah, and later purchased the Holliday Pharmacy in Salt Lake City. They also lived in Portland and Baker City. Ralph passed away on Aug. 1, 1975.

Ethel moved to Brookings in 1995 with her only daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Don Derricott.

In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Ethel is survived by her granddaughters Debbie Newsome (Ladd) and Lisa Derricott, both of Brookings; great-grandchildren Shannon Johnson and Daniel Slaughter of Brookings, Mandi Newsome, Dani McLelland and Kevin Newsome all of Utah; nieces and nephews Norma Jubek of Boise, Stanley Bruce and Michele Fowler of The Woodlands, Texas, Denny Fowler of Pocatello, Idaho, and Marshall Nadeau of Boise. Also surviving are three great-great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph and her seven siblings, Eddesse Roberts, Norman Nadeau, Edward Nadeau, Leon Nadeau, Eleanor Fowler, Richard Nadeau, and Lois Straub.

A private interment will be held at W.J. Ward Memorial Cemetery in Brookings.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.