Dale had a rough start in adult life – and an early one too. She eloped with the high school track star at the tender age of fourteen. At fifteen, she gave birth to Thomas “Tom” Fox, Jr. and was divorced by her sixteenth birthday. Dale was determined to make her own way and support her little boy by herself. She ended up with a job as a claim filer in an insurance company. Honestly, she wasn’t very interested in filing insurance claims though. Her boss caught onto her interest in the entertainment world. Next thing she knew, he had gotten her a job at a local radio station. She was soon one of the most popular radio singers in the area. She had big dreams and a will to match. She took young Tom up to Chicago and began trying to break into the high-class there. She had a day job to cover expenses and a job at a radio station at night. All the stress and strain from her busy schedule and tight budget took its toll. A few months later Dale and Tom were on a train back to her mother’s house. Once she had recuperated, Dale left to get another radio job in a nearby town. Before long, Dale was again a number one singer.
It was here that Dale received her stage name of Dale Evans. Dale (who was going by “Marion Lee” at the time) protested. She said that “Dale” was a boy’s name and “Evans” wasn’t chick. The station manager told her that her name was concocted for the radio announcers. It was hard to misspell and even harder to mispronounce. The name stuck and she became known as Dale Evans.
Soon, the old urge to conquer Chicago came back. This time, everything seemed to fall into place. Finally, Dale had made it as one of the top requested singers in Chicago. Her eventual goal was to make it big in a sophisticated Broadway comedy/musical. This dream was never realized. She began getting telegrams from a Hollywood agent, begging her to send some pictures of herself. He wanted to see if this singer could make it as an actress. Finally, Dale sent a few photos. She didn’t think it would come to anything. Boy was she wrong! She moved to Hollywood and began getting bit-roles in films. She caught a few lead roles (none of which were ever a big success) before Republic picked up her option.
In 1944 she was cast opposite Roy Rogers in The Cowboy and the Senorita. Dale didn’t like the westerns. She couldn’t ride worth beans (Roy pulled her off a run away once) and besides, they weren’t anything close to the high-class Broadway comedy/musicals Dale wanted to be in. She quit Republic and got a role in a sophisticated comedy/musical – one that never got off the ground. A few months later she was back at Republic co-starring with Roy again. She liked Roy. After Roy’s wife Arlene died, Roy and Dale got married.
A few months after marrying her cowboy, Dale became a Christian. Just a couple of months later, Roy accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Being Christians didn’t mean that hard times didn’t come their way. They lost three of their 9 children far too early. What it did mean was that God gave them the grace and peace to handle the trials properly and to learn through those experiences. Angel Unaware – a book that has touched thousands – was written as a result of one of the children’s deaths. Dale later said that she didn’t write it, God just used her hand to guide the pen.
Dale’s tough start in life eventually led her to become a highly influential woman all over the world. Partnered with her equally famous husband, Dale became a second mother to millions of kids all over the world. She showed them right from wrong and directed them to the best guide to follow the rest of their lives – the Lord God.