Beth Evander, 1958-2009, of Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado “-Lillian Elizabeth Evander, an avid horsewoman and outdoor enthusiast, died of injuries resulting from a fall in Salida, Colo., on March 3. The Vail, Colorado resident was 51.
Known as Beth, Ms. Evander was born on Aug. 7, 1958, in Baltimore, the daughter of the late Janet Rice Evander and Dixon Evander, of Hunt Valley, Md.
A 1976 graduate of St. Paul’s School for Girls, she received a degree in biology/environmental science with honors from Hood College in 1980. Ahead of her time, Ms. Evander grew organic mushrooms on her family’s property in Timonium, Md.
In the early 1980s, she traveled to Costa Rica and spent a year working near Manuel Antonio National Park. A lover of the outdoors, Ms. Evander moved to Vail in 1984 after skiing there with her family on vacations.
A self-described foodie, she became a pastry chef at local restaurants, including the Loge and Spa at Cordillera overlooking the Vail Valley. There, she specialized in elegant desserts and wedding cakes.
During her teenage years, she trained in the art of dressage at a French riding academy in Vermont. She was able to satisfy her love of horses in Colorado, owning a Morgan breed of horse she named UB. Her other great companions were her dogs, Brutus, a Rottweiler, and Jazz, who frequently accompanied her on camping trips in the Rocky Mountains.
Tiring of the food business, she obtained her master gardener certification, which enabled her to provide her expertise to summer residents of Vail.
She last visited her family in May for her father’s birthday celebration.
“She was a joy to have as a daughter, always excelling academically and in any endeavor she undertook, which were many and varied,” her father said.
Though he lived in Colorado for 25 years, she remained a loyal Orioles fan and never lost her fondness for Maryland steamed crabs, which were sent to her periodically.
In addition to her father, she is survived by her sister, Courtney Anne Evander, of Baltimore; brother Scott Dixon Evander and his wife, Karen, of Timonium; nephews Nicholas Heath and Joshua Heath, of Baltimore, and Mackenzie Evander, of Timonium; nieces Amanda Heath, of Baltimore, and Allison Evander, of Timonium; stepmother Edith “Muffin” Evander, of Hunt Valley; aunt Elizabeth Pierson, of Rodgers Forge, Md.; and her former husband, Jack Penndorf, of Vail.
A memorial service will be held on a future date at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Glyndon, Md. Donations in Beth’s name may be made to: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon, MD 21071.