Helen Travelstead Evans, a retired New York Telephone supervisor, died Oct. 7 -- the 32nd anniversary of the death of her first husband, Egbert Travelstead -- in Westlake Village, Calif. She was 91.
Born Helen Murray in Buffalo, she graduated from Bennett High School. She began working for New York Telephone at age 16 and retired as a supervisor in 1975 with a perfect attendance record. The former Amherst resident was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
She had done volunteer work at the West Seneca Developmental Center as well as with other organizations.
She married Egbert Travelstead in 1939. He died in 1972. She married Robert Evans in 1980. He died in 1985.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Evans did floral arranging, and after retiring from the phone company, she worked for several florists in the Buffalo area.
Her family said that even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Mrs. Evans continued her life with great spirit and determination. She kept in touch with many of her "telephone friends" until her death.
Survivors include two sons, Joel of Twisp, Wash., and James of Tueras, N.M.; two daughters, Jane Galletta of Evergreen, Colo., and Judy Rogers of Westlake Village, Calif.; two brothers, John Murray of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Eugene Murry of the Town of Tonawanda; two sisters, Grace Thomas of Williamsville and Ginger Schwab of West Seneca; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Buffalo at a later date.