History & Staff
Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory is one of the oldest established businesses in Tucson and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days and in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Why Choose Us?
Learn The Legacy
Evergreen Mortuary has been conveniently located within the park like setting of Evergreen Cemetery since 1974. This provides a benefit to the families we serve by having all three facilities, mortuary, cemetery and crematory, available in one location. The facilities at Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory are specially designed to ensure a comfortable, dignified environment.
Evergreen’s non-denominational chapel can be used for large visitations, traditional and non-traditional services and gatherings. The wall of windows overlooking the garden and grounds gives a peaceful, cool atmosphere. In addition to the large seating capacity, the chapel includes an organ and new state-of-the-art video and sound system. Evergreen’s staff is trained to scan favorite photos to a DVD for viewing on our 52 inch HD television located in the chapel. Families can also utilize our music library or provide their own choices to individualize their funeral service or celebration of life.
Not only has Evergreen has been named as one of the top three funeral homes in Tucson for a second year in a row by Three Best Rated, but Evergreen Mortuary has also been recognized as a Finalist for Best Mortuary 2019 by the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson.com Readers Choice Awards.
Evergreen’s visitation rooms are decorated to provide a serene and peaceful home like atmosphere. A large, well lighted parking area adjacent to the mortuary offers convenient handicapped access as well as regular parking.
Evergreen was founded in 1907 as a place outside of the rapidly growing Tucson city limits for burial purposes. A considerable number of burials from the main cemetery located within the town limits as well as Presidio Cemetery were relocated to Evergreen. Today, the remains of many pioneers from old ranch sites and homesteads are re-interred within Evergreen’s boundaries. Evergreen is proud to be listed as a Bird Sanctuary by the Audubon Society of Tucson, where during migration season many unique species can be sighted, due to our extensive and vast collection of trees.
Foreseeing the necessity for complete funeral services in one convenient location, Evergreen Mortuary was established in 1974, making Evergreen the first and the largest mortuary and cemetery combination in Southern Arizona. Evergreen was acquired by NorthStar Memorial Group (NSMG) in 2014. For more than a decade, NSMG has guided the future of the funeral and memorialization profession with a mission to care, comfort and plan. As industry leaders, NSMG is dedicated to serving the living by honoring the deceased and the legacies they entrust in our care. NSMG represents the nation's finest funeral, cemetery, cremation and memorialization locations. Each is unique, each is home to a tradition of leadership, and all uphold our promise of unprecedented passion and service.
Our management and staff has always been dedicated to a higher level of ethics and business practices setting standards in our industry through involvement in Tucson’s nonprofit community and state legislation. Steeped in this proud tradition, Evergreen’s commitment to the Tucson community remains as we maintain excellence in family service. In 1982 the National Funeral Directors Association initiated their “Pursuit of Excellence Program” and Evergreen immediately became involved. Since then, Evergreen consistently has been recognized nationally for its participation receiving three Eagle Awards, gaining the prestigious Emeritus Status and ultimately receiving their Crystal Eagle Awards. It has always been our goal at Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery and Crematory to provide full information to the public regarding funeral arrangements and their cost. We firmly believe that informed people make wise decisions.
Today, when individual attitudes require a variety of funeral service alternatives, the family will discover Evergreen’s professional staff to be informative and helpful when considering service details. Greater satisfaction will come to those who carefully consider the value of all options offered to fulfill their wishes. We greatly appreciate the confidence and trust you have placed in Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory.
Antonieta Gallego our Family Service Counselor at Evergreen managed our wishes for Pre-Need Arrangement planning in a caring and professional manner. Antonieta responded to our inquiries rapidly and guided us through the process empathetically and always with a kind smile on her face. Having the ability to conduct business virtually via email and Zoom... Read MoreSusan Lianne Behrends
My husband died suddenly when we were living Far away in Prescott AZ. Needing a Jewish burial I was grateful to Ashley Hom who helped assure my husband received a proper Jewish burial as the Covid-19 pandemic began in full strength. The professionalism was great and I appreciated her kindness. In the most difficult days I have ever had I felt confident that... Read MoreCarol Galper
Thank you to Patty Nations and Ashley Hom for your guidance and compassion. You and the staff at Evergreen are top notch. Laying a parent to rest is an emotional experience like no other and my family is deeply grateful for the support and comfort you provided every step of the way.Susan McNamara
Who We Are
General ManagerRead Bio
A Tucson native, Cathy returned home in May of 2019 to join the Evergreen Team. She brings almost 20 years of experience to her role as General Manager at Evergreen, having started out as an Executive Assistant and transitioning to the Cemetery Office Manager role before becoming Assistant General Manager and eventually General Manager at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego, California.
“It is an honor to be at the helm of such an historic and well-known cemetery,” Cathy says. “What I love most is being part of a team filled with compassionate, hardworking professionals who serve the grief-stricken of this community day in and day out, guiding them through what might be the worst days of their lives.”
Outside of work, Cathy enjoys spending time at the park with her Miniature Schnauzer Bella and Goldendoodle Fozzie Bear.
Sales ManagerRead Bio
Trena started her career in the industry as a Sales Manager at a standalone cemetery in her home town of Sedalia, Missouri. Trena joined Evergreen January 5th 2015 as a Family Service Advisor and shortly after became the Family Service Supervisor.
As Sales Manager, Trena oversees Evergreen’s team of Family Service Advisors, leading with compassion and understanding to assist families in Southern Arizona at their time of need. Trena is also passionate about educating families on the need to pre-arrange their own needs as it is the best gift that can be given to your loved ones.
Trena is very active in the Tucson community. In her spare time, Trena loves to explore Arizona on her Harley Road Glide. When time permits she also loves to travel.
Trena has one daughter and three granddaughters that live in Missouri.
Mark Jason Dunn
Location ManagerRead Bio
Mark has more than 20 years of experience in funeral service and oversees the daily operations of the funeral home. He began his career in Arizona as an apprentice before making the move to a primarily Jewish funeral home in Florida. Most recently he served as chapel manager of a private combo location in El Mirage, Arizona, before coming to Evergreen in 2018.
Mark joined the Northstar family to continue with a company that is committed to excellence and family service. When he is not working, Mark enjoys camping with his family, NASCAR, and helping his 2 boys grow in Scouting and sports.
Office ManagerRead Bio
Heidi Gregory joined Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery in 2002 as the controller/accountant of the company and was responsible for all accounting procedures and functions. She worked in that position until acquired by NorthStar Memorial Group in 2014 where she now works as the office manager.
She enjoys being able to work closely with families and being a part of helping them through a very difficult time. She believes that you should never take life for granted because we do not know what the future holds and no one is promised tomorrow. Everyone should always live life to the fullest.
Heidi has two children and five grandchildren. When not working she enjoys traveling, scuba diving and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Grounds SuperintendentRead Bio
Mirza Nijemcevic started working at Evergreen in September of 2010, after spending 2 years in the profession at our neighboring cemetery Holy Hope. He became a certified cremationist in 2011, and also learned how to sand blast monuments and memorials as well as learning how to do mechanical small engine work. Mirza was Born in Bosnia and Hercegovina and subsequently lived in Germany from 1992 – 1998. He came to the United States in 1998. He is married and has 4 kids that are his world. Mirza is also a huge sports fan – especially our very own Arizona Cardinals, the University of Arizona Wildcats, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and also the Phoenix Suns. In his off time and weekends he loves to ride his Harley Motorcycle.