Jennifer Lee Evans Matwijiw

Jennifer Evans Matwijiw died peacefully on August 14, 2021, with family at her side, after a sudden unexpected medical incident.  Jennifer was born January 24,1970 in Houston to Arthur F. Evans III and Sandra Evola Evans. She grew up in the Houston area and attended St. Stephens Episcopal Day School, St. Marks Episcopal School, and the Episcopal High School as well as the Colorado Springs School.

In 1992 Jennifer married Mark Salbert and they lived in the Clear Lake area.  They became parents with the birth of Will Henry Salbert, and Jennifer loved her son with all her heart as long as she lived.  Jennifer worked as an administrative assistant and office manager at several engineering firms in the Clear Lake NASA area.

In 2009 Jennifer found the love of her life and married Igor Evan Matwijiw.  They lived for several years in the Clear Lake area and then moved to Texarkana.  After a rocky beginning there, they were able to come together to arrange a beautiful home and a happy life that they shared until her death. During the last year Jennifer was delighted to begin working in the office of the Texarkana City Library.  With her love of books and reading she thoroughly enjoyed this position.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her (step)father Thomas J. Webb.  She is survived by husband I. Evan Matwijiw, M.D.; parents Arthur F. Evans, III, M.D. and Sandra Evans Webb; son Will Henry Salbert; brother Arthur F. Evans, IV; niece Rachael Ann Evans; nephew Arthur F. (Rick) Evans V; former spouse and good friend Mark Salbert; and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jennifer was a loving and giving person. She loved flowers, butterflies, dragonflies.  And Starbucks!     She was an Astros fan.  And she was interested in photography, bird watching and good books.  Jennifer loved her husband and family and little Bou and Alfie.  We all miss her and her sweet little smile.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Stroke Association,

Service and inurnment for Jennifer will be at 1 PM Thursday August 26 at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 4900 Jackwood at Endicott, Houston, Texas 77096.


  1. A very beautiful young woman. Too soon taken. Our prayers continue for the entire family.

    Ruth Jarratt
  2. Sandy, I am so saddened to hear of Jennifer’s death. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy & prayers!
    With love & prayers,
    Your old neighbor,
    Deborah Ricks Lyons

    Deborah Lyons
  3. Love and prayers to all the family. Jennifer will be sorely missed.

    Jimmie G Marsh
  4. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your pain.
    What a lovely daughter you were blessed to have. A Book Lady! We never talked about your children, but I could have picked her out of a crowd as yours, a family face to be sure.
    Knowing that her life is “changed and not ended” can only be little consolation at this time. You and her family are in may thoughts prayers and tonight, my tears.

    Janie Gray
  5. Words can’t express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jenn. Only God knows the day and the hour to pick his precious flower from the garden.
    I’ve only knowed Jenn for a very short time, but she absoulty brought joy to my heart to see her beautiful smile every morning. Always having a kind word to say to me and offering me coffee. The staff here at the Texarkana Public Library will Truly miss our dear co-worker/friend. Rest In Love Jenn

    Youlanda Osborne
  6. Dear Dr. Matt, i am so sorry for your loss. 🙏🙏 to you and family. Thank you for being my Dr for 17 years along time ago. Again so very sorry 😢

    Denice Bell
  7. Such a lovely person…gone too soon. Deepest condolences.

    Betty J Feir
  8. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jennifer from a long time friend and neighbor. So sorry.

    Gene Ricks
  9. Igor, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you my most sincere sympathy and warm hugs.

    Ludy Djatschenko Carter

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