Longtime Miami-Dade school educator Evelyn Counts, who taught English and reading at George Washington Carver and Coral Gables high schools, died last week at her Coconut Grove home.
“Over the years, many of her students would tell her how much the foundation she provided them in the classroom helped them to succeed in life,” daughter Beverly Counts Rodrigues said.
Counts, who was 87, graduated from Long Island University and earned a master’s in education from the University of Miami.
She was born in Delespine, on Florida’s Space Coast, and grew up in the Cocoa Beach area. She came to Miami as a teen with her sister, Viola, and attended Carver where she met her future husband, Earl Isaac Counts.
When she wasn’t helping young minds in the classroom, Counts loved to cook at home. One of her specialties: dressed red snapper. She also was active in her church, Greater St. Paul AME, singing in the choir and working with the hospitality ministry. After retiring from teaching, she helped care for the elderly.
She also cared for grandsons Kori Rodrigues and Aaron Anders.
In addition to her grandsons, Counts, who died Wednesday, is survived by daughters Beverly Counts Rodriguez and Myra Counts Anders, and sister Myra Patterson.
A wake will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Greater St. Paul AME Church, 3680 Thomas Ave., Coconut Grove, Florida. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul.
Range Funeral Home is handling arrangements.