Mary Elizabeth Evans, who wrote a cooking column for The Explorer among her many activities, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at hospice, with her husband Ted by her side.
She was 71, and suffered complications from a stroke.
A small, private gathering will be held to celebrate her life at the Evans residence. A time will be announced.
Mary Elizabeth Seale was born in Southwest London, England, Oct. 28, 1938, the daughter of William and Edith Seale. She earned a degree in administrative studies.
Mary moved with her family to Canada in 1974, first living in Ottawa and then Kitchener-Waterloo, where she was an administrative assistant for the Ministry of Tourism until 1983.
The family moved to Annapolis, Md., where she worked for a battered spouse shelter and a state senator. Mary discovered West Annapolis, and opened her first business, the British import / export and specialty foods store Chadwicks, The British Shoppe. She was sole owner of another British shop in Chantilly, Va.
In 1992, Mary and Ted moved to Tucson, where she ran a tea business from her home that focused on catering teas and selling specialty teas from all over the world. She had a passion for tea, and enjoyed teaching the traditional British tea – the ritual of tea, maintaining her blog on her Web site and writing "Tea Break." She was an avid writer and had recently documented the life of Grandma Maude.
She shared 50 years of marriage with her husband Ted. He survives, along with daughter Kate, son Paul and grandchildren Brendan and Colin.
A fund will be set up in her name with the American Heart Association, 5325 E. Pima, Tucson, 85712.