Evelyn Canete


Evelyn Rubio Senit was born May 11, 1929, to parents Fortunato Senit and Conrada Rubio Senit in Bayawan City Negros Oriental, Philippines. Evelyn grew up in the Philippines, living through the ravages of World War II and Japanese occupation of her country.
She graduated from the Philippines Women’s University and the Far Eastern Bible Institute & Seminary (FEBIAS). After graduating, she was appointed the registrar of FEBIAS, as the first Filipino registrar. As an avocation she was asked by Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) to be the hostess of Manila’s first fine music station. After listening to her broadcasts, Daniel Canete fell in love with her and decided to find the person behind the beautiful voice. Daniel applied for work at FEBC and was hired.
Evelyn and Daniel were married June 28, 1958, in Karuhatan, Polo Bulacan, RP. Son Allen was born in August 1959.
In September 1963 the Canete family entered the U.S. at the Honolulu Port of Entry. In 1968 daughter Elizabeth Anne (Lisa) was born. The family all became naturalized U.S. citizens in December 1974.
Evelyn and Dan lived in Fresno, Calif., as Dan pursued studies in psychology. After graduating from Fresno State University he was invited to teach at Barrington College in Rhode Island. Evelyn worked as an administrative assistant to the dean of students at Barrington College.
In 1978, Dan received an appointment at the University of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Evelyn was hired as administrative secretary in the office of the president of Augustana University in Sioux Falls. She found joy in tending roses, developing fine recipes and watching tennis.
Evelyn and Dan retired to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1998. It was there that Evelyn’s hand slipped from Dan’s grasp as he sat by her side and into the hand of God. They had been married for 60 years.
Evelyn died March 21, 2019. She was 89.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel; son Allen (Kim) of Custer, S.D.; daughter, Lisa (Scott) Ferrero of New York, N.Y.; grandchildren, Danny (Emily) Canete of Dallas, Texas, Rachel Canete of Minneapolis, Minn., and Nikki (Jesse) Ramer of Mead, Colo.; and four great-grandchildren, Hannah and Benjamin Canete and Jacoby and Lincoln Ramer.
Services are March 29 at Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi.