Helen Horlacher Evans

Friday 11th of June 1920 - Tuesday 11th of January 2022

Helen Horlacher Evans



Jan 15, 2022 (11:00 am )

Second Presbyterian Church

460 East Main St., Lexington, Ky.

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Helen Hester Horlacher Evans, age 101, died on January 11, 2022.


She was predeceased by her parents, Levi and Vaneta Horlacher, her husband, Joseph C. Evans, Sr., her daughter, Elizabeth Evans (Bill) Cooke, a daughter-in-law, Lida Henderson Evans, and a brother-in-law, John Saindon.


She is survived by her son, Joseph Carson (Janet) Evans, Jr., grandchildren, Rachel Shircliff (Charles) Carpenter, Joseph Carson Evans III, Anne Helen Evans (Francisco Léniz), Jackson Charles Evans, and a great granddaughter, Corabell Carpenter.


She is also survived by her sister, Frances Horlacher Saindon, and several nieces and nephews.


Helen was born on the family farm in Fortville, Indiana, on June 11, 1920. Deciding it was time to get started, Helen arrived early, and she was punctual for the rest of her life. Her love of travel developed early, as her family took a trip to Colorado and visited Pikes Peak before returning to Lexington. Helen was raised in Lexington and was a lifelong member of Second Presbyterian Church. Her father, Levi, was a professor and associate dean at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture from 1918 to 1965.


She was a graduate of University High and the University of Kentucky (College of Home Economics) where she served as president of the Association of Women Students and as president of Kappa Delta sorority.


Upon graduation she taught at Versailles High School for one year before joining the Women’s Army Corps in 1942. She served stateside and in Europe as a Captain in the Office of the Quartermaster General until the end of World War II. She later was inducted into the US Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame.


After the war she worked with the US Veterans Administration.


She married Joe Evans in 1948. They had two children and served three schools as PTA presidents.


Helen served as president of the Lexington Woman’s Club and the Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky. During her term as the state president of the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs she initiated the Kentucky First Ladies in Miniature collection that has been on display for 50 years in the capitol rotunda in Frankfort.


Following the death of her husband in 1971, Helen joined Kentucky Educational Television and assisted in the formation of the Friends of KET organization.


She later worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky serving as the director of the Lt. Governor’s mansion, special projects coordinator for the Governor’s mansion, and as the administrator of the Vest-Lindsey House.


She represented Kentucky in the creation of the Women in Military Service Memorial located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery and she was a member of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame.


She was active with the Daughters of the American Revolution at the local (Captain John Waller chapter), state and national levels.


Helen was a University of Kentucky Fellow, a member of the UK Alumni Association, and a season ticket holder for UK Wildcat basketball games. She loved presenting the game ball at a 2015 UK football game, making the “Y” at halftime of a 2016 UK basketball contest, and throwing the opening pitch at a 2017 Lexington Legends baseball game.


Her life was defined largely by a sense of duty, social responsibility, and many friendships. Her faith was important to her and she loved, and will always be dearly loved by, her family.


Helen embraced Life. She was interested in people and events. She loved travel and her adventures took her across the United States and around the world.

She will be missed. 

A service, led by pastor John Leggett, will be held at Second Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 15, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow.  The service will also be streamed on the Second Presbyterian Church website.  The family asks that visitors wear masks if attending the service.  

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington or the Horlacher Scholarship Fund at the University of Kentucky.  


Guest Book

Alice, Mariann & Javi


Dear Carson, Anne and family. We send you our condolences, It was a pity we could not meet her in person, but thanks to the technology we could meet her during the engagement party from Fran and Anne. A big hug from Chile

6 months ago

Justine Brinkley


James, I am so sorry for your loss. I have heard you express the love you had for your Aunt Helen many times.

6 months ago

Anne Tucker Hall


Carson, Rachel, Bill and Family, "The Chief" was the best! Had so many fun times driving with and for her for KFWC. i did not know Beth had died. So, so sorry, Beth and I talked for a long time several months ago when she said Hospice "had kicked her out" and she encouraged me to call Helen. So glad I got to talk with both of them. Helen was truly one of a kind. Her first lady project will live on as a Memorial to her. The last time I saw her was at a Ky. Basketball Game. Cannot be there because of a hip problem, but know each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

6 months ago

Carla Andreoli


Carson and family. Wow what a lady Helen was! Wish we all could be as giving and involved in life as she was. Just amazing. I will never forget the times we spent with her and all of you at the Kentucky Lakes. What a fun and energetic lady she was. We will all miss her. So glad we got to see her last year. She was still beautiful inside and out. God Bless her. Love and blessings, Carla

6 months ago

Rebecca Anderson


Aunt Helen, you will be missed. I only got to meet you a few times, but you were always welcome and loving. Your spirit shall shine in my heart. All my love to the entire family.

6 months ago

Kathy and Ben Mark


Dear Carson and family, Ben and I were so sorry to hear about your loss. Your Mother was a remarkable lady and so accomplished. She will be missed by all who knew her. My mother and father thought so much of your Mother and appreciated her friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ben and Kathy Gibb Mark

6 months ago