Evelyn Virginia Hyland

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Evelyn Virginia Sapp Hyland, 91, passed away peacefully of natural causes on August 13, 2022. She was the wife of William G. Hyland the late editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and senior foreign policy official who served in the CIA, State Department and the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Gerald Ford.

Mrs. Hyland was a devoted spouse, mother and grandmother. She was born on December 19, 1930 to John and Valda Sapp in California. They were a Navy family and lived in various parts of the U.S. while her father was a Navy Officer. She lived in Pearl Harbor before 1941 and attended Annapolis High School while her father was stationed at the Academy. Her brother John Sapp, Jr. attended the Naval Academy.

Mrs. Hyland attended Florida State University. She left the University to join the FBI and came to Washington, D.C.

It was there that she met her future husband, William Hyland. The couple moved to Vienna, Virginia in 1960 to be close to the newly built CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia where Mr. Hyland worked. Mrs. Hyland gave birth to two sons.

Mrs. Hyland principally resided in Vienna for her entire adult life. In the 1960’s Mrs. Hyland was an active Democrat and John F. Kennedy supporter. She served as a precinct captain for the Democratic Party during that time period and was a volunteer for Hubert Humphrey in 1968. She was a substitute teacher and volunteer with Our Lady of Good Counsel School.

Most of the remainder of her life was devoted to supporting her husband’s career in government which entailed long hours through many major foreign policy events of that era in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It also included living in New York for a decade when her husband worked as editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. She was a loving mother and cherished her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader and enjoyed visiting Colonial Williamsburg often, where she honeymooned.

She is survived by two sons, William Hyland, Jr. and James Hyland, and four grandchildren, James Hyland, Jr. John Hyland, William Hyland, III, and Victoria Hyland.

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  1. The Owners and Staff at the Money and King Funeral Home, wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call us anytime as we are always available to you. Bob Gallagher Funeral Director

  2. During my college and law school years, I was often a house guest of Mrs. Virginia Hyland when I visited her son Bill Hyland, Jr., my good friend and college classmate. Mrs. Hyland was a gracious hostess and like a second mother to me during those visits. She never scolded us, despite our various hijinks and late night returns from Georgetown. Later, Mrs. Hyland attended my wedding and the baptisms of my daughters. My sincere condolences go out to Bill and Jim Hyland and their family. Chip Welch

  3. I had the pleasure of enjoying a 60 year friendship with my dear friend Lyn. I will dearly miss her forever! Love, Mary MacDowell

  4. Q: What was one of your favorite qualities of Evelyn?

    A: I met Ms. Lynn at the Fairfax Rehab in th beginning of covid, moved her to our Beautiful home Vienna Manor. Ms. Lynn made so much friends at the house, She always greeted me with a big smile, She was always active at our event from singing, flower arrangements, gardening, Jeopardy game and etc.

    She is one of the sweetest person I ever met!
    She is loved by everyone at Vienna Manor, specially our staff. We are going to missed her so much !!

    We love ❤️ you Ms. Lynn!

    It was such a great honor to be part of her life.

    Grace Kimball
    Vienna Manor

  5. Hello Bill and Jim,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m sorry I can’t be there as I just heard about her passing today. I think she was one of the happiest and nicest persons that I have ever met. I hope she rests in peace. I hope everything else in your lives is well.
    Peace be upon you and your family’s.
    Paul Stangler

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