Elsie Viola Bevard

November 23, 1940 ‒ April 02, 2020

Bladensburg, Ohio

Elsie Viola Bevard of Bladensburg, Ohio passed away on April 2, 2020.  She was born on November 23, 1940 in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, the daughter of Raymond F. and Bonnetta G. (Dugan) Compton.

Elsie was a 1958 graduate of Newark High School.  She enjoyed her children and had a lot of love in her life.  She was forced into retirement when she was diagnosed with M.S.  Elsie was a crack shot and was an auxiliary member of the Deathwind Long Rifle Club and the NRA.

Elsie worked for the Miller Company, the Pioneer Restaurant and Aramarc, the dining service at Kenyon College.  She made birthday and wedding cakes for over 30 years.

Elsie is survived by her children, William “Skip” (Linda L.) of Martinsburg, James F. Sr. (Barb) of Bladensburg and Sheila E. of Bladensburg; friend, Jody Vickers; seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren; nephews; a brother, James Compton; and a sister, Eloise Ball.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, ex-husband, William E. Bevard Jr.; partner, Keneth L. Peters; brother, R. Compton Jr.; and sisters, Bonnie Jean Compton and Sally Dondra.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Utica Presbyterian Church with Pastor Terry Holobaugh officiating.

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  • Dear Skip and Linda, We were saddened to read about the loss of Skip’s Mom. Please know that we are sending you and your entire family our deepest sympathy and friendship. May your fond family memories help you through these sad times. Life does deal us some hard blows, but we are given the strength to get through them and to move on in love. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Frederictown

  • The Bevard family,

    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • I am writing on behalf of my uncle, Tom Vasbinder. Elsie and Tom worked together at Kenyon College. He so appreciated her friendship, especially as they both became housebound due to their health. Elsie was so faithful to call Tom and send cards, and he was tickled when we named one of our cute heifers “Elsie.” She sounded like a neat lady and I know Tom misses her so much. Dina Snow

  • In memory of Elsie~

    Her Journey’s Just Begun

    Don’t think of her as gone away-
    her journey’s just begun,
    life holds so many facets-
    this earth is only one. . .

    Just think of her as resting
    from the sorrows and the tears
    in a place of warmth and comfort
    where there are no days and years.

    Think how she must be wishing
    that we could know today
    how nothing but our sadness
    can really pass away.

    And think of her as living
    in the hearts of those she touched. . .
    for nothing loved is ever lost-
    and she was loved so much.

    Even though the years have passed and we haven’t seen each other, from time to time we have conversations that reflect on your family. This poem was shared with us when each of our mothers passed away and so we share it with you, hoping you will find comfort in it. Our Deepest Sympathy ~ Chris and Althea