June 14, 2019



Evelyn Ann Ortega (Provencher), passed peacefully on the morn of June 8, 2019, in her home surrounded by loved ones and her two faithful canine companions. We were blessed to have had her for 83 wonderful years.

Evelyn was born on Oct. 20, 1935 in Newburyport, Massachusetts to George Walter Provencher and Cecilia Mary Legere.

She was one of six children, George, Robert, John, Edward and Joanne and her bestie/sisters Francis MacDonald and Betty Brown (Soloman). When she arrived in Key West and saw the palm trees and felt the sunshine, she instantly knew that she would never go back north to the freezing winters. She met and married Manuel (Curro) Ortega and had two sons, Patrick and Everette (Heidi). She has four grandchildren Books (Amy), Tatianna, Andrew and Lauren and three great-grandchildren Bella, Chloe and Lucah. Evelyn is also survived by many other relative and dear friends.

Although an honorary Conch, Evelyn loved this island as a true Conch. When she arrived in Key West in the mid-1950s, she worked at various locales around the island. After meeting and marrying her loving husband Manuel, she worked at the family business on Petronia and Duval streets and subsequently in the family bail bond business.

She was a member of various sororities, Moose Club, Women’s Auxiliary of the VFW, and was a member of the Democratic National Committee of the Keys. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly by all who lives she touched.

The family would like to extend a very appreciative and heartfelt thanks to all who assisted in the loving care and companionship of our mother during this trying time in our lives. There are so many to list and we are ever grateful for your love and support. We will forever be indebted!

The Dean Lopez Funeral Home will be entrusted with final care. Viewing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Dean Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St.

A Catholic mass and Rite of Committal will occur at the Basilica of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Evelyn’s name to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation would be greatly appreciated.