Sharilyn A. Evans

February 2, 1968 ~ September 2, 2021 (age 53)


Sharilyn A. Evans of Walden, NY, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021, in Walden.  She was 53.

The daughter of James Evans Sr. and Marie Ciarlanto Shanahan, she was born February 2, 1968 in Newburgh.

Shari had a love for cooking and you could often find her whipping up a dish, or helping someone else preparing meals. Her love of animals is what drove her to become an advocate for shelters and wayward animals, and you could bet that she was always fostering a cat or two or helping at a local shelter. You may have even caught a glimpse of her feeding the strays from time to time (usually most of the time). She advocated for PETA, Big Cats of America, SPCA, Wildlife Warriors and local shelters with aspirations to become a vet tech.

She had the heart of a lion, wore her heart on her sleeve and loved her people immensely, most especially her son Jesse who was her world. Shari and Jesse together enjoyed building a beautiful collection of intricate and eclectic knives from around the world. He will always treasure them.

Survivors include her son Jesse J Shoop of Rock Tavern, father James Evans Sr. & life partner Evelyn Gilberto of Plattekill, mother Marie Shanahan & husband Rich Shanahan of Pennsylvania, sister Janette Evans-Burgess & fiance Jay Feinberg of Montgomery, sister Angela Evans of Danville, Pennsylvania, brother James Evans Jr., nephews Justyn Evans & fiance Natasha Belless of Virginia, Christopher Evans of Amsterdam, niece Taylor Burgess of Middletown, beloved cats Kali, Bootsie and Quilty, and many beloved extended family members.

Memorial visitation will be Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 3-5:30pm at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden, NY 12586.

A service will immediately follow at 5:30 at the funeral home.

Cremation will take place privately. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc. (T.A.R.A.) PO Box 185 Warwick, NY 10990; The Hudson Valley SPCA PO Box 356 Vails Gate, NY 12584; or Precious Paws PO Box 454 Vails Gate, NY 12584.

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September 9, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Millspaugh Funeral Directors
22 Bank Street
Walden, NY 12586

Funeral Service
September 9, 2021

5:30 PM
Millspaugh Funeral Directors
22 Bank Street
Walden, NY 12586


The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc. (T.A.R.A.)
P.O. Box 185, Warwick NY 10990

Hudson Valley SPCA
P.O. Box 356, Vails Gate NY 12584

Precious Paws
P.O. Box 454, Vails Gate NY 12584

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