Karmel Faye (Quame) Evans was born on May 15, 1953, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the daughter of Robert and LaVonne (Sandum) Quame of Rake, Iowa. Karmel attended Rake Community School and graduated in 1971. She went on to attend Waldorf College and obtained a degree as a medical secretary in 1973.
On May 3, 1975, she was united in marriage to Mark Evans at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake. Mark and Karmel made their home in Buffalo Center where they raised their family. They became members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Buffalo Center. Karmel worked as a medical secretary in Mason City, Iowa, Blue Earth, Minnesota, and Buffalo Center. She spent over three decades working at Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center as a certified medication aide, certified nurse's aide, and housekeeper.
Karmel loved her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She especially loved going to their multiple activities and sporting events. Reading, journaling, and socializing with friends and family were some of her favorite ways to spend time. As Karmel and Mark brought up their two children, they really enjoyed camping throughout the Midwest with family and friends. She was a member of Christian Women's Club, based out of Buffalo Center. A Norwegian at heart, she enjoyed visiting with anyone and everyone and made friends wherever she went. Karmel will be remembered for her kindness towards others, as she was always helping those in need. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend; she will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her son Joseph (Stacy) Evans of Blue Earth, MN; daughter Erin (Alex) Brandenburg of Lake Mills, IA; eight grandchildren: Tyler Beveridge, Mark, Ethan, and Isaac Evans, Natalie, Stephen, Gabrielle, and Thomas Brandenburg; sister Beth (Fred) Nelson; father- and mother-in-law Bart and Irene Evans; brothers-in-law Steve, Scott (Kathy), and Jim Evans; sister-in-law Nancy (Dave) Dreeszen; aunts Peggy (Alvin) Smidt and Glennis Pearson; and several nieces and nephews. Karmel was preceded in death by her husband Mark, parents Robert and LaVonne, infant brother, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.