Minister Emeritus, the founding member of Unity of the Keys, Reverend Evelyn Casper, made her transition on Monday, May 2, 2022.
A Celebration of her Life was held in the Unity sanctuary on Saturday, June 4th at 2 PM. The Celebration was guided by Reverend Daybree Thoms.
October 30, 1923 – May 2, 2022
Big Pine Key, Florida
EVELYN VIRGINIA FAULKNER CASPER
Reverend Emeritus Evelyn Virginia Faulkner Casper met her death on May 2, 2022, at her home on Big Pine Key, Florida, surrounded by her family and friends. She was the founder of the Key West church, Unity of the Keys, in 1984 and served there until 2000. During her tenure, the church grew from a storefront church with a handful of attendees to its own beautiful church on Flagler Avenue with a thriving congregation.
She was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1923 to Dewey and Hazel Gillam Faulkner. She attended high school in Ft. Wayne, college in Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa where she received her BA degree cum laude. She married and moved to Miami, Florida. She and her husband resided on Key Biscayne for thirty years. She received an MS degree from Florida International University in 1978 and completed her seminary training at Unity Worldwide Ministries in Lee’s Summitt, Missouri in 1988.
In addition to Unity of the Keys, Reverend Casper also founded Unity Church of Marathon, in Marathon, Florida.
In Miami, Evelyn worked at the Miami Beach Public Library, where she served as the area’s first Bookmobile librarian. She later taught at the Key Biscayne Community Church Preschool. She worked for the Miami-Dade Public Schools, serving as a Reading Resource teacher for ten years before moving to the Florida Keys.
Reverend Casper was predeceased by her parents and her son, Erik Einar Casper. She is survived by her daughter, Corinne Casper Brown, and son-in-law, Will Brown, grandson, Christopher Brown and his wife, Christiana Brown, and great-grandchildren, Garrett Brown, Isaac Brown, and Will Brown Allison. Her sister, LaVerne Hiatt, nephews, Jeff Hiatt and his wife, Jane Hiatt, Greg Hiatt, Pat Hiatt, Chris Hiatt, and niece Kitty Green and her husband, James Green, also survive her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Unity of the Keys. It was the desire of Reverend Evelyn to have donations go directly towards Unity’s Mortgage-Free Campaign. It is truly our joy to honor Rev Evelyn in this way and to know the community she started will continue for many, many years to come.