She was the eighth born 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, Okla., 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, Ark., until her retirement on April 17, 2008.
Survivors include daughters Gwenda Heavener of Dallas and Sheila (Tom) Holly of Clarkston, Mich., sons, Dell Jr. (Rhonda) Heavener of Kansas and Randy (Lori) Heavener of Eureka, Kan., nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 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 and 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.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at Springhill Baptist Church in Monroe with Bro.Terry Wofford officiating.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons Weston Thompson, Trace Heavener, Jeremy Heavener, John Holly, Brandon Heavener and Austin Heavener.
Burial will follow in the Monroe Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Kansas in memory of Mary Evelyn Heavener, P.O. Box 167, Kansas, Oklahoma, 74347.
Published in Poteau Daily News from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2021.