Lisa Ann (Pauley) Bevan, 57, of Frankford, Del., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born in Seaford, Del., on Jan. 5, 1961, to the late William C. Pauley and the late Gloria (Pusey) Pauley, and was raised in Georgetown, Del.
Bevan attended Sussex Central High School and graduated from James H. Groves High School. She soon started her family and was married to Calvin L. Mitchell II from 1978 until 1985. From that marriage, she had her three sons, Calvin L Mitchell III, Jamie A. Mitchell and Jason S. Mitchell. She then met and married Jerry Banks in 1988, until 2002, and from that union she had her daughter, Jodie E. Banks. In 2016, she married her “honeybee,” Richard A. Bevan Jr.
Bevan held several jobs until she found her calling as an administrative assistant with Melson Funeral Services in the mid-1990s. She provided care and compassion to the families that the funeral home served until her battle with lung cancer in 2016. She was a survivor of lung cancer and began to enjoy life again, spending time with her family, enjoying long stays in Chincoteague, Va., and traveling throughout the United States.
Bevan was devoted to her family and will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife to her “honeybee,” Rich, and a loving but guiding hand to her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed following politics, birdwatching, gardening, music and spending days at the beach. She had served as a Girl Scout leader, was a past member of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and was a donor to many charities close to her heart.
Bevan loved taking long rides on the back roads and hosting family game nights, especially playing cornhole. Let’s not forget how much she loved a good scare — both giving and receiving. She loved her friends like family and her family like friends.
In addition to her parents, Bevan was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Pauley; a sister, Christine Pauley; her mother-in-law, Martha L. Bevan; a special dog, Penny; and Iggy the cat. She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Bevan Jr.; her children, Calvin L. Mitchell III and his wife, Sami, of Laurel, Del., Jamie A. Mitchell and his wife, Megan, of Milford, Del., Jason S. Mitchell of Bridgeville, Del., Jodie E. Banks of Frankford, Del., and Jewell B. Franklin and wife, Annie, of Millsboro, Del.; five grandchildren, Jaymes, Mackenzie, Ellie, Dominic and Destinee; two sisters, Donna Pauley Melson and Kathy Spear; a brother, Michael Pauley; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; her special friends Tom and Carole Bevan, Brice and Angela Long, Mark and Joanne Hammond, and Dorothy Hitchens; her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Beverly and Lawrence Bayley, Jude Bevan and Genie Gunn; and her beloved Cooper.
A funeral service was to be held Dec. 23, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services in Frankford Del., with interment at Prince George’s Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the ASPCA at www.aspca.org or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.