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Maria Wattier Evans

Maria Wattier Evans, 56 of Webster passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at University of Minnesota, Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Celebration Service will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 14, 2011 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Webster. Inurnment will be at St. Ottos Catholic Cemetery. Vistitation will be Thursday 6-8 P.M. at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster with a 7 P.M. Rosary and Scriptural Prayer Service. Fiksdalfuneral.com. Maria Lynette Wattier Evans lived an extraordinary life. Born to David and LaVina (Goetz) Wattier on Monday, February 22, 1954 in Watertown, SD, Maria began her lifelong journey of incredible perseverance, dignity, love and laughter. She grew up on a farm outside of Webster, SD with her dedicated parents, an older brother and sister, a younger sister and a abundance of animals. She attended St. Otto's Catholic School which sparked her passion for knowledge. Maria's frequent perfect attendance achievements were balanced by the simple enjoyment of tire swings, making mud pies, trapping gophers and helping her dad around the farm. She earned the nickname Tuffy from her tomboy ways, but changed her tune in her teenage years while attending Webster High School. Crowned Snow Queen in 1971 and selected to be a Girls State representative, Maria went on to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings to pursue a teaching degree and give to others her love of learning. In college she met a man who shared her enjoyment for travel and experiencing new things and later he became her husband. Rod and Maria Evans were married on December 28, 1973 at Christ the King Church in Webster. Maria transferred to Northern State University in Aberdeen where she earned her degree in Elementary and Special Education. They moved to Mellette, SD where Maria taught 4th Grade and together they renovated a 1910 Victorian dream-home. Shortly thereafter, a series of physical ailments prompted further medical attention and testing. In 1977, Maria was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The unexpected timeline sparked an urgency for worldly travels as well as the yearning for a child. Maria defied the odds and welcomed the birth of their son, Barrett, in January 1980. Unable to work due to her physical condition, Maria focused her efforts in the home and soon the family moved to a farm house near Conde, SD. In addition to raising her son, she kept busy with numerous craft projects, assisting with school functions, writing, and enjoying time spent with friends and family. Having traveled to many parts of North America and Europe, Maria never turned down the opportunity for adventure and landed back to her home town of Webster in 2001. Maria conquered the odds and lived to see the marriage of her son as well as the birth of a granddaughter. Her battle with this debilitating disease didn't prevent her from living life to the fullest. Filled with optimism, faith and kindness, Maria is best known for her warm heart and generous nature which will sadly be missed by those who knew her. Maria passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at the Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN at the age of 56. She is survived by her parents, David and LaVina (Goetz) Wattier of Webster, SD, a brother, Michael Wattier of Yorba Linda, CA, two sisters, Jane (Wattier) Heinz of Dakota Dunes, SD and Kathy (Wattier) Sauer of Webster, SD, a son Barrett Evans and a granddaughter Cecily Evans of Minneapolis, MN. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Adolph and Mary (Thomas) Wattier and Fred and Marie (Delker) Goetz.

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Dear Family of Maria - I am so sorry to hear of Maria's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Maria was a great friend ever since we met each other way back in "the day". I will always remember her as the most beautiful girl, both inside and out. The world is a better place to have had Maria a part of it for 56 years I will miss her emails and Christmas cards, and seeing her at our class reunions. We have all lost a wonderful friend! Sincerely, Jay Schmechel

Jay Schmechel Jan 14 2011 12:00 AM

I was a classmate of Maria's. Such a kind person, always with a beutiful smile. Rest in peace Maria. My sympathy to the family.

Cheryl (Tofley) Aker Jan 13 2011 12:00 AM

Maria was such a wonderful person. Barrett, you had an amazing bond and had a wonderful mother who had such a special son and even more important, a true friend. Teresa, You beam with the same smile that I remember from Maria from when she was always coming to see the PRT shows and other SDSU productions. How lucky you all were to share your lives with her. God Speed.

Steve and Melanie Jan 13 2011 12:00 AM

To all of Maria's family. I met Maria many years ago, I was in a few musicals with Rod. I was also in one with Barrett that his dad had written and we performed it in Webster. I could always get Maria to laugh and she had a great sense of humor. She was a strong woman and is now up with GOd talking it over with him. At the end of each life is a legacy of love-- Keep your memories close to you of Maria, they will help you get through your pain. Please know that we all will miss her. Many Prayers, Peggy L. Morris, Redfield

Peggy L. Morris Jan 13 2011 12:00 AM

Barrett and family, I am so sorry for your lost. I am thankful I got to visit Maria last friday at the U of M for a little while. She was a true inspiration to all that met her. She is in Heaven now free of pain and with Grandma Mary and Grandpa Adolph. God Bless you and your family. Nancy Peschong

Nancy (Herr) Peschong Jan 12 2011 12:00 AM

I am a classmate of Maria's from St. Otto's Catholic School and on through high school at WHS, and even in a class or two together at NSU. Reading Maria's obituary confirms what I just knew and felt about her. The way she conducted her life gives me courage and hope. Her faith lifted her up. May you, her family, be blessed with her beautiful memory.

Andree (Butler) Marshall Jan 12 2011 12:00 AM

Barrett end family and Jane &Tom, We are so sorry for your loss. We feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to know Maria. What a wonderful person. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Juanita & Dan Grewing Family Jan 12 2011 12:00 AM

I will deeply miss my very special friend. Although we didn't know each other long I will always remember the few times we met and the numerous emails these past few years. She was always there to pick me up when I was feeling down and quick to give me a good laugh. My sympthy to the family for the loss a very wonderful lady. I'll miss you Maria.

John Lester Jan 12 2011 12:00 AM

You will surely be missed. Live on in the great memories. You are the definition of strength and courage.

Kathy Schoenfelder Jan 12 2011 12:00 AM

Maria fought a good fight. I will remeber her foundly.

Bobbi Jo Mielke Jan 12 2011 12:00 AM

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