CHAPEL HILL – Evelyn Newton, 92, of New York City and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died on the 15th of November. She was born on May 17, 1926 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina to Nanny Cleaton Shaw and John Albert Shaw. She was a resident of Durham where she raised her family, and then moved with her husband Mitchell (“Mitch”) to a property in Chapel Hill that had been part of his family’s farm. They lived there until Mitch’s death in 2005. Evelyn (“Lynn”) moved to New York City several years later to be with her daughter Nancy and son-in-law John A. Sipp and their four children.
Evelyn was a parishioner of her beloved St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and a member of the King’s Daughters focusing on philanthropy, education and social services. Evelyn loved tracing her lineage and was involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a descendant of Jamestown and of the Mayflower.
Evelyn graduated from the Woman’s College – now known as the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received a master’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill where she met her husband. Evelyn went on to teach at Southern High School in Durham. Later, Lynn turned her love of antiques into a long-term career at the Hillsborough and Daniel Boone Antiques Shops in Hillsborough, North Carolina for over 30 years.
Surviving are her daughter Nancy Newton Sipp and son-in-law John A. Sipp of New York City; her grandchildren, Sterling Sipp, John Sipp, Grace Meade Sipp and Cameron Sipp, and sisters-in-law Peggy Newton Jordan of Durham and Barbara Newton Woods of Hillsborough, and several nieces and nephews. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband Mitchell Newton, her son Mitch Newton, her sister Virginia, and her brothers Albert, Biddie, Breedlove, and Warren.
The funeral liturgy will be offered at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham North Carolina 27707.
The Newton family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, NC. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com; select obits.