Elizabeth Evans Halverstadt
Elizabeth Evans Halverstadt (née Weaver), of Uplands Village, Pleasant Hill, passed peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Jonathan (Jack) Evans and the late James (Jim) A. Halverstadt. Loving mother of Jacqueline (Jill) Elmore (deceased), Thomas (Tim) Evans, Anna (Nan) Evans Beesley, David Evans, Bruce Evans, Arthur Evans, and grandmother to 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Bette was born in 1924 in Burgettstown, PA, where she grew up with her loving parents, Roxie and Thomas P. Weaver, and her brother and sister, William Weaver and Roberta (née Weaver) Lee. Her deep love for family, community and nature, as well as her devotion to caring for all people, were rooted in her childhood experience. Her values were shaped as she watched her father and mother work hard to provide for their family and care for others in the Burgettstown community, while coping with the challenges of the Great Depression. She fostered a great love for music, singing in the church and school choirs and playing snare drum in the high school marching band.
Inspired by her mother's work, Bette entered a three-year nurses training program at Allegheny General Hospital Nursing Home in 1942, and went on to specialize in psychiatric care at Warren State Hospital, where she met her future husband, Jack Evans. In 1946, Bette went to work as an RN at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and in April of that year she and Jack were married and soon had their first of six children. In 1947, Bette and Jack felt a calling to move to Pleasant Hill to help Dr. May Wharton in her efforts to provide quality medical care for the Cumberland Plateau community. After spending a few years in Pleasant Hill they settled in Crossville, where they built a home on a farm to raise their family and helped establish the Cumberland Clinic Foundation.
Bette used her talents to improve the health and well-being of her family and the community. She spread her joy through song, participating in music outreach to local schools and nursing homes. Bette was a founding board member and a devoted supporter of her beloved Cumberland County Playhouse, where her clear soprano voice and radiant spirit lit up the stage in countless productions spanning several decades.
Bette's love of the natural world was inspiring to many, but especially to her family. She could turn any flower bed or vegetable garden into an artful showcase of natural beauty. Bette delighted in identifying wildflowers along woodland trails. She also passionately put her green thumb to work by establishing her Lichen Ledge tree nursery business and spearheading environmental improvement projects through her work with Cumberland County Beautiful.
Bette lost her first husband, Jack, in 1969. In 1977, she married Jim Halverstadt and eventually moved to Jim's home in Nashville, but continued to spend summer months on the Cumberland Plateau at their Fairfield Glade home to stay connected to family and friends. About marriage, she would often say, "I got lucky twice." Jim passed in 2000. In following years, after returning to live in her beloved Pleasant Hill at Uplands Village, Bette found good fortune once again in meeting her dear companion, the late Henry Hupp.
Bette has embodied joyful living throughout her life, even as she confronted late life challenges with dementia, with smiles and laughter all the way up until the end. We will miss her but take comfort in knowing she is resting peacefully now.
A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Church in Pleasant Hill. A brief reception will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, her family would appreciate contributions in the name of Bette Evans Halverstadt to the Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, TN 38555 (ccplayhouse.com); or to Uplands Village, 55 West Lake Road, Pleasant Hill, TN 38578 (uplandsvillage.com).
Published on February 6, 2020

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Donna Parham
Feb 12, 2020
So many happy memories, so much Love for Bette, never forget this amazing Lady
Jean Nelson
Feb 07, 2020
After moving from her Uplands Village duplex, Bette remained very active in Fletcher House Assisted Living and Wharton Homes at Uplands. She loved music and sang with residents and volunteer song leaders at Monday Musicals, Sunday Morning Hymn Sing, and knew hundreds of song lyrics. She was, indeed, a gifted friend!
Don & Jean Nelson
Feb 07, 2020
As a former neighbor across Grandview Lane from our duplex, Bette was a delightful friend. We were sorry to see her leave our neighborhood to live in Fletcher House Assisted Living and Wharton Homes.