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Evie Brown (previously Atkinson) was the ex-wife of Bert Atkinson, mother of Karen Brown and grandmother of Jay Brown. She made her first appearance on 4 December 2006 and died on 8 December 2006.

Backstory[]

Evie married Bert Atkinson sometime before 1968 and had a daughter, Karen Atkinson. However, when Karen was an infant, Bert was arrested due to an undisclosed crime and later sentenced to prison. As a result, Evie divorced Bert and presumably took full custody of Karen, as Bert never made contact with her again. Shortly afterwards, Evie married George Brown and he raised Karen as his own daughter. Karen believed that George was her biological father, as she had no memory of Bert and Evie never mentioned him.

In 2001, George died due to an undisclosed cause and in 2004, Karen died due to breast cancer. Evie was left to raise her nine year old grandson, Jay Brown, as his father wasn’t present. Sometime after Karen’s death, Evie was unfortunately diagnosed with terminal breast cancer as well. In fear that Jay would be abandoned after her apparent death, Evie contacted Bert.

Storylines[]

In December 2006, Bert visits Evie in a hospice, where she is dying of breast cancer. She tells Bert she still loves him, even though she left him 38 years ago, while he was in prison. She also reveals that her and Bert's daughter had died in 2004, also of breast cancer, and that they have a grandson named Jay Brown. Bert and Pat Evans take her to live temporarily with them in Albert Square. Whilst there, Evie and Bert share a kiss, and she then tells Bert that she wants him to make contact with Jay, and that neither Jay nor Karen Brown knew Bert existed, as she brought Karen up to believe her second husband, George, was Karen's real father. Evie dies in the front room of 31 Albert Square whilst talking to Bert and holding his hand. Bert sits with her for two hours until Pat realises she has died. Her funeral takes place on 14 December 2006.

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