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Bobbie (Barbara Jean) Abby Bevins
  • April 27, 1946
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  • August 26, 2018

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Bobbie (Barbara Jean) Abby Bevins passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Fort Myers, FL. She was 72 years old. Her three children, Holley, Heidi, and Matt, were her constant focus from the moment they entered the world. Her grandchildren considered their “Gran” or “Gram” to be the one who always came bearing gifts, hugs, back-scratches, and love in all forms.

 However, the role in which Bobbie was most extraordinary was as wife to her lifelong love, Donald Lee Bevins. She first spotted “Donnie” on the playground when she was a young girl.  She knew during their shared childhood that he would be the love of her life. And love they did- reaching their 52nd anniversary with three children and eight grandchildren. They also enjoyed giving each other a good ribbing when necessary. Humor and caring was the foundation of the enduring love between Don and Bobbie.  They set a strong example of unconditional love and marriage for their family. 

The daughter of William Robert Abby and Irene Bernice Abby, Bobbie was born in Olney, Illinois on April 27, 1946. Her upbringing resulted in a lifelong love of singing, baking, sewing, problem-solving, and offering a listening ear to family and friends who knew they could count on her no matter the situation or hour. Bobbie cultivated the best traits that come from a small-town upbringing. She was authentic, hardworking, and approachable to all, and made genuine friends wherever life took her. Her older sister, Susie, was one of her favorite co-pilots for life’s adventures.

 Bobbie juggled the roles of wife, mother, grandmother, and friend with grace and pure dedication. Her family and friends felt her love in innumerable ways– from phone calls, long drives, planning, cooking, and attending the many activities and games of her grandchildren with joy and enthusiasm. Bobbie’s kind spirit cast warmth and sunshine on everything and everyone she encountered. Her kitchen was rarely a quiet place, often filled with the sound of her beautiful singing voice. All family and acquaintances knew to come to the Bevins residence with a healthy appetite because Bobbie cooked enough food to feed a small army. She gave love the same way and always had more to spare for whomever needed it. 

 Bobbie’s laughter often filled a room. Her friends and family will miss her sense of humor perhaps most of all. Her witty commentary and perfectly timed zingers always made her company cackle– and sometimes blush.

 Her home saw a rotating stream of company in every place she lived. Bobbie’s hospitality knew no bounds.  Throughout her life, she retained many special friendships, and was always willing to welcome a new person into her life.  She looked forward to trips, card games and bunko nights with her besties. Bobbie’s talents were endless. She was a gifted artist on every canvas, every doodle, every birthday cake, every plate, and every out-of-this-world original Halloween costume. She was a kind and patient teacher.  She could throw a football and play catch with a baseball as well as she could make fried chicken.  Her unparalleled talent was making people feel special and knowing who needed a little extra love. 

 Bobbie is survived by her loving husband, Don Bevins; her daughters Holley McManus (and her husband Philip McManus; Denver, CO), Heidi Obregon (and her husband David Obregon; Bowling Green, OH), and Matt Bevins (and his wife Shannon Bevins; Franklin, TN); her sisters Sue Nale (and her husband Kent Nale; Albion, IL) and Kathy Cheney (Carmi, IL) ; Brother Kenny Abby (Albion, IL); and, her grandchildren, Jackson Bevins, Mercedes, Gabe, and Joseph “Joey” Obregon (Bowling Green, OH), Riley and Delaney McManus (Denver, CO), and Olivia and Turner Bevins (Franklin, TN). She also leaves beloved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews whom she loved as her own, and countless cousins and friends from each stage of her life.

 The family is planning a “Celebration of Life” ceremony at a later date for friends and family.  


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  1. 08 Sep 2018
    Glen & Diane Schwister says:
    Bobbie was such a caring and loving person and I so enjoyed her friendship- Donny our thoughts are with you and your daughters and are so very sorry for your loss.
    Your have our sincerest condolences.

  2. 05 Sep 2018
    Chaddie and Joel says:
    So sorry. Bobbie was a "real" person. So positive and happy. We know Don, that there will be a void in your heart for you soul mate.

    We will continue to pray for you and your wonderful family as they go through this passage of grieving.

  3. 04 Sep 2018
    Pamela and Jerry Hetrick says:
    We pray for you daily Don and family as you go through such a rough time. What an angel looking down on all of you

  4. 04 Sep 2018
    John and Sandy Dodd says:
    Oh Bobbie you will be missed so very much!! You will be forever in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to ALL the family. Don, Holley, Heidi and Matt we are just a phone call away if you need anything.

    Love, John and Sandy Dodd

  5. 04 Sep 2018
    Bradley says:
    Thank you Bobby and Don for the hugs when i was just a youngster.
    Bradley B Fair

  6. 04 Sep 2018
    Sandy Newport Bunting says:
    Of 12 Abby cousins 4 girl-cousins, Bobbie, Linda, Brenda and Sandy, all a little more than 1 1/2 years apart, were the best of friends back in the day. Every activity was always better if all were involved. Bobbie and Don went on their first official date with cousin Sandy and her to-be husband, Lindy. Lots of grand memories and love to share.

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