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Funeral Service

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel
Saturday January 15th, 2022

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Donna Rose Bevan

Donna Rose (Pankratz) Bevan was born in Hillsboro, Kansas on May 26, 1931. She was the first child of Dan and Nellie Pankratz of Hillsboro. She spent her first years in school in Hillsboro, Durham and Herington before moving to Marion for High School. After the move to Marion her mother Nellie became ill, and she took over most of her care in addition to caring for younger sister Elda and brother Jay as well as the home. Her mother passed away in 1955 and Donna then went to work for Broadstreet Studio in Marion. She was employed there until she married Velber Bevan on May 5, 1956, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion. Velber worked as a signal maintainer for the Rock Island Railroad and their first home was Peabody, Kansas. His position demand moves to McPherson, Pratt, and Hutchinson, where they lived there until he retired. Together, they were always dedicated in their Faith and their Church where regular attendance and participation were a major part of their lives. Donna lived her Faith and dedicated and shared a beautiful singing voice in worship services, weddings, funerals, and other special events, she also had a wonderful gift as a pianist and shared her talent with others even when the last years of her life were difficult due to her health. She shared her talents with love which the family always felt. She and Velber shared 57 years of marriage and she cared for him in a special way, especially when his work schedule included working all hours of the day and night.

She leaves a sister Elda and her husband Stanley Bettin; brother Jay Pankratz and his wife Gloria; two nieces, Janelle Bettin Martin and husband Andy and Joanna Bettin Walters; two nephews, Bryce Bettin and wife Tamara and Alan Pankratz and wife Chris; seven great nephews, three great nieces, and two great-great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Nellie Pankratz, a stepmother Tina Pankratz and infant brother Dale. Her family was always her priority. She shared Christian love with her family and always extended that love to those who needed help. She followed Christ’s example of kindness, sharing and concern for those who were a part of her life. She lost her husband Velber on August 26, 2013. She has since lived in assisted living at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson and at Bickford House in Overland Park, Kansas. She went to her eternal reward on January 6, 2022. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 11am at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home in Marion, Kansas. The family has asked for memorials to be made to Kindred Hospice. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Donna at www.yazelmeglifh.com.

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Sorry to hear of Donna's passing. May she be reunited with Velbar. The family of Tim Herman

Ruby Kilmer Jan 20 2022 1:40 PM

Donna and I have enjoyed a close friendship since our teenage years. I am so happy for her that she is now enjoying her eternal reward in Heaven and is again united with her Velber. The writer of her tribute is to be commended for capturing her life just as it was lived.

Theodora Koslowsky Jan 12 2022 3:11 PM

What an incredible lady Donna was! We met her when we first moved to Hutchinson in 2005 and her and Velber were always willing to lend a helping hand! May she rest in peace! Love, Richard and Lisa Lipe

Lisa Lipe Jan 12 2022 10:13 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donna Bevan

Cinda Kanady Kellogg Jan 11 2022 10:42 PM

I knew Donna and Valerie when I was growing up in Pratt. We attended church together and I knew they were a rock for me. I could always talk to Donna and she mentored me. I felt she was a second mother to me. Love you still,

Judith Ann Lawson Henson Jan 11 2022 9:11 PM

We were so saddened to hear that Donna had passed away. They were such a wonderful influence on our children especially Andrew. I never worried about Andrew when he was in their care. She was our babysitter for the first two years of Andrew's life and she and Velber were such a good influence on his life. We will always think of her and Velber fondly.

Cathy and Dennis Wilkins Jan 11 2022 4:29 PM

Velber and Donna were the epitome of a Christian. They lived around the corner from us in Pratt, and attended our church. I was a teenager and even with my crazy thoughts and ideas they were NEVER judgemental, always willing to listen. They were always the FIRST to lend a helping hand when needed, they were wonderful folks! I can remember when my grandfather passed, the first people to be there for my mother...Velber and Donna! Asking what they could do for us. Selfless, full of love they were. I know Velber was glad to see his love last Thursday...rest in peace, Donna.

Cinda Kanady Kellogg Jan 11 2022 4:06 PM