Aug. 22, 1920 – April 9, 2014

Natalie Evans, a former employee of Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital and Erie County Medical Center, died Wednesday in Buffalo after a long illness. She was 93.

Ms. Evans graduated from Lafayette High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State College in Baltimore. She earned a master’s degree in social sciences at the University of Buffalo.

Ms. Evans began working at Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital – which is now ECMC – in December 1947, planning to stay only a year. She came up through the ranks, working in every department of the hospital as a social worker. She sometimes acted as a patient advocate, helping patients adjust to the effects of their illnesses and counseling their families. She later was named director of hospital social services.

Ms. Evans was involved in teaching nursing students, house staff, medical students and training graduate students at UB’s School of Social Welfare and other colleges. She was honored as the Edgar Hummel Employee of the Year in 1975.

Ms. Evans was a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, was president of the Altar Guild and served on the committees of many professional organizations.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 18 Sussex Ave.