Sister Frances Evans, longtime, dedicated Texas Rangers fan, dies at 90


Arlington, Texas–The Texas Rangers are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sister Frances Evans, who died on Friday night in Fort Worth at the age of 90.

There was no more loyal and passionate Rangers’ fan than Sister Frances, who began attending games when the franchise moved to Arlington in 1972 and was still coming to Globe Life Park over the last several years. She was joined by her dear friend, Sister Maggie Hession, who passed away in November 2013, for most of that span and the two became close acquaintances to club executives, managers, coaches, players, and everyone connected with the Rangers who had the fortune to know them.

When the Rangers opened the gates to the then Ballpark in Arlington in April 1994, Sisters Frances and Maggie were the first ones to enter the new stadium. When the Rangers played their first ever postseason game at Yankee Stadium in October 1996, the Sisters were in attendance cheering on the team and bringing them good luck in a 6-2 win.

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Over the last few seasons, when Sister Frances attended fewer games due to health issues, her appearances at the park were greatly anticipated and welcome. She threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Rangers’ 2012 A.L. Wild Card Game. She would have celebrated her 91st birthday on July 31.

It has been the great honor and privilege of the Texas Rangers organization to have a 47-year association with Sister Frances. We extend our deepest sympathies to all of her family and friends. She will be missed at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

A funeral mass for Sister Frances Evans will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 28 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth.