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Obituary for Mary Evelyn Heavener

OAKS – Mary Evelyn (Crouch) Heavener, 80, of Oaks passed away peacefully on Monday, April 19, 2021 at home with family by her side.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at Springhill Baptist Church in Monroe with Brother Terry Wofford officiating. Burial will follow in the Monroe Cemetery, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.

Mary Evelyn was born Jan. 28, 1941 in Poteau to Elvin Dewey Crouch and Nettie Irene (Wise) Crouch. She was the eighth of nine children. She loved music and started playing the piano for church services at age 12. She continued as pianist at First Baptist Church in Kansas for 51 years until her passing.

On June 6, 1958 she married Dell Eugene Heavener at her family home in Monroe. Mary Evelyn was a caring, loving person and the epitome of a mother and wife who did it all, simply with a smile, a song and a prayer. Mary Evelyn also worked in banking for 37 years attaining the position of vice president in Siloam Springs, Arkansas until her retirement on April 17, 2008.

Survivors include daughters Gwenda Heavener of Dallas, Texas, Sheila (Tom) Holly of Clarkston, Michigan; sons Dell Jr. (Rhonda) Heavener of Kansas, and Randy (Lori) Heavener of Eureka, Kansas; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters LaVerne Underwood of Tulsa, Erma Reed of Howe and Patricia Tully of Edmond; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Mary Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Elvin and Nettie; her two brothers Delbert Crouch and Harold Crouch; three sisters Joyce Daves, Janice Harms and Dona Mae McDaniel. After 61 years of a beautiful marriage, Mary Evelyn was also preceded in death by her husband, Dell Heavener.

Viewing is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Kansas, Oklahoma in memory of Mary Evelyn Heavener, P.O. Box 167, Kansas, Oklahoma, 74347.

Pallbearers are her grandsons, Weston Thompson, Trace Heavener, Jeremy Heavener, John Holly, Brandon Heavener and Austin Heavener.

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  1. Kandie Hardin Foster on April 20, 2021 at 3:35 am

    Evelyn was such a joy to be around!! I loved this lady to pieces & visited her often when babysitting her children in their younger year’s. She was full of life & always had a smile on her face! Dell, Gwenda, Randy & Sheila I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, she was a magnificent Lady!! My thoughts & prayers are with you through this difficult time!! Love you all! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Jaime Pifer on April 21, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Evelyn was such a beautiful soul. She always had a smile on her face and kind word to share. Jim & I were both blessed to have known Evelyn and Dell since our childhood days. May they rejoice in their reunion in heaven. Love and Prayers to the family. Jim & Jaime Pifer

  3. Davada Carroll Davis on April 22, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! What a beautiful lady your Mother was! I can still see her setting at the piano at the church playing so beautifully and with such grace. Your Mother and Father always touched my heart after I left Kansas and would come back to a ballgame or see them at the state play offs. They always made me feel special with there smiles and hugs and questions about me and my family! I knew they weren’t just chit chatting they truly cared and wanted to know.
    My prayers and love for you all!

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