Erma Fae Evans died peacefully surrounded by family in her home of 60 years in Santa Clara, California on June 7, 2022, at 92 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Dwight Buchanan in 1994, her grandson Jaden Dwight Elder in 1988, her granddaughter Colby Lynn Buchanan in 1992, her father Orval Que Evans in 1977, her mother Edna Louise Allen in 2008, her brother Merle A. Evans in 1934 and her brother Ronald Allen Evans in 1997.
Erma is survived by her children Kevin (Michelle) Buchanan of San Jose, Holly (Russell) Elder of Wellsville, Utah, Noell (Mark) Phipps of Forest Hill, California, Reed (Lori) Buchanan of Vineyard, Utah, Brooke (Philip) Carmack of Los Altos Hills, California and Cory (Cari) Buchanan of Paso Robles, California; 28 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren; and her brothers Brent Evans and Gary Evans.
Erma was born in 1930 in Slaterville, Utah, the oldest of five children. When she was 18 months her family moved to the salt flats in Utah for her father’s railroad job for five years. They lived in a community of four homes with no electricity, no running water and a shared outhouse. When Erma was almost seven, her family moved to Ogden, Utah and she was able to start school. They moved to California a few months later and spent the next few years in San Luis Obispo and San Jose. Around 1940 they moved to Santa Clara, where Erma lived until she died. She started piano lessons when she lived in San Jose and continued until she was 18 years old. As a teenager, Erma played in a double duet on the piano for a radio station in San Francisco.
After Erma graduated from Santa Clara High School she started a job at Pacific Bell as a telephone operator. She loved working the boards until they automated some of the services. She went on to work for The Mercury News as a circulation secretary and relief PBX operator.
When she was 18, Erma met Dwight Buchanan on a blind date set up by Dwight’s friend Ted Anderson. Ted’s sister went to church with Erma. They began dating seriously within a year and were married in October 1950 in San Jose, California. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in May 1951. Erma and Dwight raised six children in Santa Clara and were active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where Erma led the music for more than 20 years. She played the piano in church for many years and later purchased an organ so she could practice at home for the years she played the organ in church.
In addition to raising her children, Erma provided loving child care for 50 years for more than 70 children. Many of the children came to visit with her 50 years later.
Erma loved her children and grandchildren, visiting with her brother Brent and listening to her uncles sing. She had recorded songs from her uncles so Erma was even able to listen to them during her final days.
She was known as “Granny” to her grandchildren. She was a loving “Granny” who always had a well-stocked pantry with favorite treats. When her grandchildren told her, “I love you,” she always replied with “Love you more.”
Erma lived for 27 years after her sweet husband died of a stroke.
Services will be Friday June 17th at 10:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 875 Quince Ave. in Santa Clara. There will be a viewing from 9:00 AM-9:40AM Burial follow at the Mission City Memorial Park.
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