Mabel V. Evans "Grams," 89, went to eternal rest on March 12, 2013, one day before her 90th birthday, at home in Tunkhannock from complications due to mesothelioma.
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Mabel was born March 13, 1923, to parents, John Lockett and Gertrude VanVoser, and was a resident of Newtown, Pa., prior to retiring to her home in Tunkhannock. She was married to the late Hayden Evans for 53 years.
Mabel lived in Newtown for many years and graduated from Newtown High School. She enjoyed cooking, reading and riding motorcycles. Preceding retirement, Mabel was a cook at Friends Boarding Home in Newtown for many years. Following retirement, Mabel enjoyed tending to her garden and flowers at the farmhouse she and her husband purchased in 1979 and pridefully worked to restore for many years. Her farmhouse was very special to her, and she enjoyed many years there with her husband.
Mabel will be remembered by friends, family and co-workers for her cooking skills, hospitality and mentorship. She brought many smiles with her cheery disposition. Mabel also had compassion for all animals and a great respect for nature.
Besides her husband and parents, Mabel was preceded in death by a son, Hayden Evans Jr., who passed in 1948, and a daughter, Grace E. Evans, who passed in 2001. She was preceded in death also by a sister, Ethel Farruggio, in 2005, and a brother, John J. Lockett Jr., in 2012.
She is survived by two sons, James Evans, Richard C. Evans; and a daughter, Linda Evans, all of Pennsylvania. She is survived by brothers Robert Lockett (Carol), Charles Lockett (Janice); sisters Gertrude Randall and Alice (Bob) Kahn. She is also survived by her dog, Missy, who she had a tendency to spoil and share her meals with. Mabel is survived by grandsons, Richard Bowker, Arkansas; Richard Evans, Pennsylvania; granddaughters, Jennifer Evans, Janine Deemer and Jacqueline C. Kelly, all of Pennsylvania; several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
Family and friends thank Ardee's and the local residents of Falls, Pa., who always made her feel special and welcome and the Hospice of Scranton for the compassionate care they provided. Mabel was especially grateful for her granddaughter Jacqueline, who lived with her and cared for her for the last five years.
Friends and family may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday with a memorial service immediately following at Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 22, 2013