In Memory Of

Colleen Lunsford Bevis

South Tampa, Florida

Age 97

Guest Book

October 24, 2013

My condolences to the family of
Colleen Bevis. May the many precious memories you have of Colleen sustain you through the difficult days ahead.
Psalms 145;14

Jerry J. Vazquez

October 24, 2013 | Clearwater Beach, FL

In 1977 I was hired as the founding President & Chief Executive Officer of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. That assignment provide me the honor, privilege, and pleasure of working closely with Colleen Bevis when she served on the, then named, HRS District Mental Health Board, only one of many boards she served on. A little known fact is that Colleen Bevis is one of two women who is directly responsible for the creation of the Center. The Crisis Center enjoys its sustainability because of...

Beth Barrett

October 18, 2013 | Tampa

Colleen was such a great teacher and advocate for our children! She inspired me and many others to make child welfare our passion and life's work. She is missed!

Carma Crawford

October 17, 2013 | Dade City, FL

Connie, you always had a beautiful smile each time I saw you, and I enjoyed seeing you when Cay was in town and we would come and visit with you. You are one 'beautiful lady' and will be missed by everyone who knew you. Thank you for contributions in the field of education.

Love, Carma Crawford

Linda Haas

October 17, 2013 | Valrico, FL

What a wonderful lady. You will be missed.

David Campbell

October 16, 2013 | Tampa, FL

For over a decade I worked with Colleen on education, health care and child advocacy plans and programs. She was brave, tireless and effective. There probably won't ever again be anyone who comes close to her impact in our community.

You worked hard, Colleen. Rest in peace, dear friend. You deserve it.

October 16, 2013

Thank you for sharing your Mom with all of us at Florida PTA. She was a delightful lady and it was an honor to meet her and talk with her about all she did for the children of Florida.

Carl Neill

October 16, 2013 | Lakeland, FL

From 1956 thru 1987,(DPW--HRS} the agency never lost a kid in foster care or protective supervision. Terrific staff and intense interest by Colleen. What a combination to serve Hillsborough County. An honor to know her for so long. She is in the prayers of many.

Al Duchnowski

October 15, 2013 | New Port Richey, FL

Colleen was a wonderful friend of children and families everywhere, and one of my greatest teachers.


Colleen's Obituary

Colleen Bevis, who spent more than six decades as a leading children's advocate from the local Parent Teacher Association to the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, died Friday at her South Tampa home. She was 97. Bevis graduated from Brandon High School and attended the University of...

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