Bernice Beavin


Bernice Beryl Beavin, 87, of Westminster, Md., and formerly of Hanover, Pa., entered into God’s eternal care on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Dove House of Carroll Hospice in Westminster.

Born on Monday, Nov. 20, 1933, in Cullowhee, N.C., she was a daughter of the late James B. and Laura Taylor Pressley and wife of Paul Beavin, Jr., her husband of 62 years, who died in 2021. The oldest of seven siblings, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Rachel Pressley; and a brother, Herbert Pressley.

Bernice received her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Berea (Ky.) College. While working as a chemist for the Food and Drug Administration in Cincinnati, Ohio, she met her future husband, Paul. She continued to work for the FDA for many years, but took time from her job to be a full-time mother in Michigan and later Maryland, rearing their boys in the 1960s and 70s, returning briefly to the FDA in the late 1980s.

She was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover. Bernice dabbled in photography and donated many pictures to the Hanover Arts Guild, of which she was a member. She loved to garden and make her home the center of family gatherings.

Survivors include three sons, Phil Beavin and his wife Crystal, of Lewisville, Texas, Jeff Beavin and his wife Linda, of Finksburg, Md., and Tom Beavin and his wife Kelli, of Thurmont, Md.; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers, Densil Pressley of Glen Burnie, Md., and Ronald Pressley and his wife Carol of Cullowhee; two sisters, Marjorie Moody and her husband Dan of Cullowhee, and Geneva Wilson of Asheville; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on April 10, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover, Pa., by The Rev. Msgr. James M. Lyons. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hanover, Pa.

In compliance with health and public safety directives, those attending will be required to wear masks and be socially distanced.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5055 Grandview Road, Hanover, PA 17331.

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