Evon was born on October 3, 1937, to Earl and Evona Sanders, in Kalamazoo, MI. She was raised, along with her younger brother, Gary Sanders, in Lawton, MI. She loved reminiscing about her time spent growing up with the "best parents in the world." Evon attended Lawton Public Schools, graduating with the Class of 1955. She always had the fondest memories of her time in school, enjoying learning, friends, cheerleading, and just being a child of the 1950's. Graduating along with her was a handsome young man, Richard Slevatz. On April 21, 1956 Richard, "Dick", and Evon were wed at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, in Lawton. Dick and Evon would live to be married nearly 67 years!