1931 – 2019
Arizona – Evelyn C. Apley, known by many as “Bubba” or “Evie”, 87, of West Sun Coast Dr., passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, AZ under the care of her granddaughter, Jessica Apley. She was born Evelyn Christine Place on Senexet Rd in Woodstock, CT. At nine months of age after her mother’s passing, she was adopted by her great aunt, Claire Morgan.
Evelyn lived in Putnam, CT and attended a private Catholic boarding school most of her young life. She attended nursing school achieving her LPN certification.
In 1953, Evelyn met and married Stewart Apley. They resided in Pomfret, CT in their loving home for 56 years. They were owners and operators of the Pomfret Gun Shop. Stewart passed away in 1982 after working many years for Loos & Company in Pomfret.
After raising her seven children and her granddaughter, Evelyn and Steward ran the Pomfret Gun Shop. Her passion for guns and her love of salesmanship were extraordinary. Upon her retirement she moved to New Hampshire to be with her daughter, Lisa and her husband Kevin Bianchi along with their children. Evelyn loved New Hampshire and her entire family very much. She enjoyed shopping, the park, walks, her garden including her tomato and pineapple plants. She especially enjoyed her Friday afternoon Chinese lunches with Kevin, the children and grandchildren.
Evelyn then moved to join her son Neil Apley in Marathon, FL where she enjoyed fishing with Neil on his boat. She loved birds, big and small. She would feed them even when she was not supposed to. They were a true pleasure for her. Evelyn had the most wonderful life. She was loved and respected by everyone who knew her. She had a very big heart, was kind and thoughtful and was always there for anyone. All that knew her were so lucky to have known her, the “Wise Apple” that she was.
Evelyn is survived by three sons, Mark Apley and his wife Sveta of Pomfret Center, Frederick Apley and his wife Joyce of Chepachet, RI, and Neil Apley of Marathon, FL; her daughter, Lisa Bianchi of Milford, NH; her grandchildren, Jessica Apley, Nicholas Apley, Angela Szeredy, Elise Martin, Michael Apley, Allison Onny, Nicole Hopcraft Garrett Bianchi, Olivia Bianchi, Joshua Karamanakis; and several great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her children, the late Gary Apley, Lorrian Apley, and Claire Apley.
Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service for Evelyn on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. where she will be laid to rest with her daughter at Saint Mary Cemetery, 230 Providence St. Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.