Evelyn McDonald Van Devender, 88, of Hattiesburg, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Perry County Hospital. Due to the current concerns surrounding COVID-19, the family will be having a private graveside service at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date.
Mrs. Van Devender was a member of Providence Baptist Church. She began her career as a teacher with the Petal School District before becoming the principle at North Forrest Elementary School. She ended her career as a Professor of Education at the University of South Alabama.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beth Powe; one brother, Luther McDonald; and her parents, Maggie and George McDonald.
She is survived by one granddaughter, Laura Powe Taylor (Stephen); two sisters, Alyne Haigler and Ina James (Sid); one great granddaughter, Heidi Elizabeth Powe Taylor; and son-in-law, Neil Powe.