The Columbus Foundation remembers Dorothy Cage-Evans

Dorothy Cage-Evans

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Doug Kridler remembers a woman who will be remembered by many.

"This is a person who didn't try to wow you with her virtues or her smarts, but somebody that had this grace about her to make and be interested in making you a better person," he said.

Kridler, the president and CEO of The Columbus Foundation, calls it an immense pleasure working with Dorothy Cage-Evans for more than 25 years and watching her help others, lift up her community and help to create opportunities for young people.

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It's who she was.

"And just such a blessed, kind and gentle person," Kridler said.

Cage-Evans, 85, was found dead inside her home, Monday. Her husband, 82-year-old Henry Evans, has been charged with her murder. According to court records, Cage-Evans had trauma to her head and face. Police say Evans hit her in the head with a wooden table.

"What's remarkable is somebody that worked so hard to provide long lives of promise and fulfillment, especially those kids in need, had so tragically her own life shortened," Kridler said.

Kridler says Cage-Evans's legacy will forever be her accomplishments; not how she died.

"We choose to remember her life, not her death," he said. "And she left so many other peoples' lives changed through her work."

She had two scholarship funds. One that supported her non-profit, Helping Hands, and the other was for scholarships to provide opportunities for young people struggling to make ends meet, or those who might not be able to go to college and helping them to do so.

"It means that her commitment to this community and to others in need was authentic to her core," Kridle said.

Also authentic was her kindness, generosity and spirit that Kridle says will forever be missed.