In memory of our friend,
Evonne "Evie" Georgina Lane (ex-W5XYL, KF5MY, WA5NQJ)
August 29, 1929 - July 13, 2020
Evie joined TDXS in 1988 as TDXS Member #114. Her husband Jim Lane – N5DC (SK) was TDXS Member #88. Evie loved chasing DX, and at the time of her passing had achieved DXCC Honor Roll status with 331/353 Mixed.
Evonne Georgina Lane Passed Away July 13th, 2020
Evonne was born in Chicago to her father Herbert Martin and Norma Johnson. Her father died when she was very young. Her Father's Brother, Robert Martin and his wife Muriel Martin adopted her when she was 2 years old. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN. Later she attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Here she took up her passion of flying.
On May 25, 1951 she married Granville Boynton Lane II (Jim). He was her husband for 64 years, until his passing. In December of 1951 they had their first children, Twins; Granville Boynton Lane III (Bob) and Pamela Evonne Lane. During her early years of marriage she was a flight attendant for Braniff Airlines which allowed her to pursue her love of flying.
In 1954 she and Jim had their third and final child James Michael Lane (Jim). They resided in several different cities around Texas and Oklahoma including Longview and Tulsa. In 1962 they moved to Dallas where they lived for the next 18 years. During this period Evie and Jim became very active with Amateur Radio, both receiving their General Licenses. Jim eventually upgraded to Extra Class and Evonne to Advanced. Evie’s call sign was W5XYL and Jim’s N5DC. They spent many hours during the Vietnam War managing phone patches. This allowed the soldiers in the war to call their loved ones at home for no charge. They were up all night every night engaged in these activities. Through Ham Radio, they made and met many very good friends around the World. At one point the Russian Cosmonauts that eventually went to the space station stayed in their home. These friendships lasted for the rest of their lives. During this period, they were also very involved in their children's activities including football and other sports at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas.
In 1980 they moved to Houston where they made many good friends. Around 2008 they relocated from Houston to Las Vegas, NV. Here Jim passed away in 2016. After that, she lived with her youngest son Jim and wife Nancy and later in an Assisted Care home in the East Bay Area of San Francisco until her passing.
Throughout her life, Evie was known for being a lady with a very special heart. All whom she encountered were touched by her kindness, warmth, and ability to impart a calming and soothing touch. She will be deeply missed by her three children, five grandchildren, Jimbo Checksfield, Nicola Herbert, Hannah Branning, Andrew Lane, and Jonathan Lane. See is also survived by many Great Grandchildren.
While there is currently no service scheduled, we would ask that in lieu of Flowers, a Donation would be made in Evonne Lane’s name to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Both Evonne and her Grandson Jonathan were adopted so this holds a special significance to her.