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Frink leaves behind a legacy

Evelyn Avenue named after longtime Roseville teacher
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, The Press-Tribune
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Lifelong Roseville resident Evelyn MacBeth Frink passed away Sunday at the age of 83, leaving behind three daughters, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and her very own street. Evelyn Avenue, located in the Maciel Tract area of Roseville, was named after Frink, in the same fashion adjoining roads are named after other members of the Maciel lineage, an early Roseville farming family who owned property in the area. Frink was born March 26, 1922, in Roseville's Southern Pacific Hospital. The only child of Harrison L. and Irene V. MacBeth, Frink lived with her parents on the corner of Evelyn Avenue and Folsom Road. She was baptized in the First Methodist Church. Frink was one of many generations in her family to attend Roseville High School, where she graduated in 1939. "My mother never got over being mad about them tearing down the main building," said Bernice Rowe, one of Frink's three daughters. "She still was yelling about that until the day she died. She was like a dog with a bone with that." Frink married in 1942 and gave birth to the first of three daughters the following year. She worked as a clerk-typist for the state and later the DMV before obtaining her elementary teaching credential from Sacramento State, something she accomplished in her 30s as a busy mother of three. "That was a good example to us to get our education lickety-split," Rowe said. Once Frink found her place in the kindergarten classroom, she didn't leave, teaching 26 years at Cirby and Crestmont elementary schools. "She always taught kindergarten," Rowe said. "She loved doing art. She loved art the most. She used to make us collect toilet paper rolls, and, oh, my favorite - egg shells." Rowe, a counselor at Oakmont High School who has worked with teens for decades, said she and her mother had an ongoing debate about the preferred age of pupils. "She used to say to me, 'How can you stand all those high school kids? They're such smart mouths.' And I would reply with, 'How can you stand all those ankle-biters? They all move at once.' She didn't want anybody taller than her, that was a true thing." "My mom loved children," explained daughter Nanette Frink-Porta. "She was very committed to her family and loved her home life. She was a good mom." A curiosity about adults came just as easily. "She always had a twinkle in her eye," Frink-Porta said. "She was fun loving and made friends easily. She was curious about people and would strike up a conversation with strangers." Frink-Porta said her mother also had a curiosity for learning about nature: birds, entomology, biology and horticulture. "She could name every wildflower," she recalls. Rowe said her mother will be remembered for her generosity - "She would give anyone the shirt off her back," she said - and also for her sense of humor. "She was funny, really funny," explained Rowe, who said her mother was quick with one-liners and would call her daughters "S.A.," which stood for something close to "smart-aleck." "She's the Joan Rivers without surgery," she said. Frink was a long-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary and also belonged to the Native Daughters of the Golden West. After retiring, Frink enjoyed travel, bingo, theater, gardening and time with friends and especially her family. "She really enjoyed her grandkids and especially her great-grandkids," Rowe said. "She could go on and on about them, they brought her joy." Surviving Frink are daughters Bernice Rowe, Nancy Longyear and Nanette Frink-Porta; grandchildren Darin Beyer, Kim Beyer Lanford, Ian Rowe, Cherie Reibel, Danielle Reibel, Nikko Porta, Andraea Frink and Yvette Frink; and five great-grandchildren. Services were held Sept. 29. -Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at lorylln@goldcountrymedia.com.