Evander, Lillian Elizabeth

April 20, 2009

LILLIAN ELIZABETH EVANDER, an avid horsewoman and outdoor enthusiast, died of injuries resulting from a fall in Salida, Colorado on March 3, 2009. The Vail, Colorado resident was 51. Known as Beth, Ms. Evander was born on August 7, 1957, in Baltimore, the daughter of the late Janet Rice Evander and B. Dixon Evander of Hunt Valley, Maryland. A 1976 graduate of St. Paul's School for Girls, she received a degree in Biology/Environmental Science with honors from Hood College in 1980. Ahead of her time, Ms. Evander grew organic mushrooms on her family's property in Timonium. In the early 1980's she traveled to Costa Rica and spent a year working near Manuel Antonio National Park. A lover of the outdoors, Ms. Evander moved to Vail in 1984 after experiencing the area on skiing vacations with her family. A self-described foodie, she became a pastry chef at local restaurants including the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera overlooking the Vail Valley where she specialized in elegant desserts and wedding cakes. During her teenage years she trained in the art of dressage at a French riding academy in Vermont. She was able to satisfy her love of horses in Colorado, owning a Morgan breed of horse she named UB. Her other great companions were her dogs, Brutus, a Rottweiler and Jazz, who frequently accompanied her on camping trips in the Rocky Mountains. Tiring of the food business, she obtained her Master Gardeners Certification which enabled her to provide her expertise to the summer residents of Vail. She last visited her family in May for her father's birthday celebration. "She was a joy to have as a daughter, always excelling academically and in any endeavor she undertook, which were many and varied" her father said. Though she lived in Colorado for 25 years, she remained a loyal Oriole fan and never lost her fondness for Maryland steamed crabs which were sent to her periodically. In addition to her father, she is survived by her sister, Courtney Anne Evander of Baltimore; her brother, Scott Dixon Evander and his wife, Karen, of Timonium; three nephews, Nicholas Heath and Joshua Heath of Baltimore, and MacKenzie Evander of Timonium; two nieces, Amanda Heath of Baltimore and Allison Evander of Timonium; her step-mother, Edith 'Muffin' Evander of Hunt Valley; and her aunt, Elizabeth Pierson, of Rodgers Forge. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon. Donations may be sent to: St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon, MD 21071.

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