Methuen, MA — Evon M. Yameen, 86, of Methuen, Mass., and Hampton Beach, N.H., passed away on Saturday, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Lawrence, Mass., to Lebanese immigrant parents, Rose (Lebbos) and James Yameen. Evon attended Lawrence Public Schools. As a child, Evon started working with her father, brothers and uncles at the U-Save Market in Lawrence. After graduating high school, Evon was accepted to Boston University School of Business. Following the death of her father, Evon stayed in Lawrence to work with her brothers at the Thrift Food Market on South Union Street. She, along with her brothers, Bill, Kenny, Danny, and Tommy, in 1955 opened The Butcher Boy Market, one of the first stores to be located on busy Route 28, in Salem, N.H. Evon, with her family, also ran the Butcher Boy Steakhouse in North Andover and the Butcher Boy Restaurant in Nashua, N.H. In 1966, Evon and her family decided to replace their small meat market in North Andover with what is now The Butcher Boy Market Place.
Evon loved playing cards, spending winters in Florida, dancing, cocktails, and music. Evon could be seen right up to her last days at Butcher Boy Market, where she loved to be. She was known for her class and elegance, and was always popular with customers. Evon was very close to her family, especially her sister, Joyce.
Evon was predeceased by her companion of 40 years, Phillip DeFrancesco. She leaves behind her sister, Joyce and her husband, Dr. Joseph S. Maroun; brothers, William J. Yameen, Kenneth and his wife, Catherine, and Thomas and his longtime companion, Kathy Timmons; sister-in-law, Elaine M. Yameen; and several nieces and nephews. Evon was also predeceased by her brother, Daniel; and sister-in-law, Ann F. Yameen.
Evon was a tough, well-respected business woman, a generous aunt, godmother, and friend to many. She will be missed.