Mabel V. "Grams" Evans, 89, died March 12 at home in Tunkhannock from complications due to mesothelioma. She was married to the late Hayden Evans for 53 years.
Mabel was born March 13, 1923, to the late John Lockett and Gertrude VanVoser, and was a resident of Newton before retiring to her home in Tunkhannock. Mabel lived in Newton for many years and graduated from Newton High School. Preceding retirement, Mabel was a cook at Friends Boarding Home in Newton for many years.
She enjoyed cooking, reading and riding motorcycles. Following retirement, Mabel enjoyed tending to her garden and flowers at the farm house she and her husband purchased in 1979 and pridefully worked to restore for many years. Her farm house 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 to people's faces with her cheery disposition. Mabel also had compassion for all animals and a great respect for nature. Mabel went to eternal rest one day before her 90th birthday.
Family and friends would like to thank Ardee's and the local residents of Falls 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.
She is survived by two sons, James Evans and Richard C. Evans, both of Pennsylvania; and a daughter, Linda Evans, Pennsylvania; brothers, Robert Lockett (Carol) and Charles Lockett (Janice); sisters, Gertrude Randall and Alice (Bob) Kahn; her dog, Missy, who she had a tendency to spoil and share her meals with; grandsons, Richard Bowker Arkansas; and Richard Evans, Pennsylvania; granddaughters, Jennifer Evans, Pennsylvania; Janine Deemer, Pennsylvania; and Jacqueline C. Kelly, Pennsylvania; along with several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
Mabel was also preceded in death by a son, Hayden Evans Jr., in 1948; a daughter, Grace E. Evans, in 2001; a sister, Ethel Farruggio, in 2005; and a brother, John J. Lockett Jr., in 2012.
Friends and family may call on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m., with a memorial service immediately following at Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.