In 1943 artist Francis V. Kughler, Hudson River Museum Director H. Armour Smith and Women’s Army Corps recruiter Joanne Coates conceived a plan to encourage women of Yonkers to enlist in the army and honor their contribution. Every Yonkers woman who joined the WACs would have her portrait made in oil or pastel by Kughler.
Born 1904, Evelyn Ann Corey was almost 40 years old at the time of enlisting in the Women Army Corps in 1944. She lived with her sister, Mrs. Mabelle Beerman, in Yonkers, and had been employed by Mrs. Marie G. Lane, in Scarsdale, prior to enlisting. She was maid of honor at the wedding of her niece Jean Beerman, who was also enlisted with the WACs.