Jeanette F. Bevard, hardware store owner, dies

Businesswoman operated Howard Hardware and was active in her church

  • Jeannette F. Bevard
Jeannette F. Bevard
February 18, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Jeanette F. Bevard, a former Baltimore hardware store owner and active churchwoman, died Feb. 5 of heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care.

The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, who moved to Towson a decade ago, was 96.

The daughter of a factory foreman and a homemaker, Jeanette F. Goodman was born in Baltimore and raised on West Lanvale Street and Franklintown Road.

She was a 1932 graduate of Western High School and went to work at the Hochschild Kohn department store at Howard and Lexington streets.

Two years later, she married Howard Walter Bevard, a Baltimore businessman. He died in 2002.

In 1946, Mrs. Bevard took over operation of Howard Hardware, her husband's North Avenue hardware, painting and wallpapering business, which he had established earlier that year. She later expanded the business, moving to a larger store at North and Braddish avenues.

After selling the business in 1960, Mrs. Bevard, who had started Sunday school in the early 1930s at Fulton Avenue Presbyterian Church, joined the United Methodist Church of Dickeyville, where she expanded the church's women's group.

She later served as president of the group for 13 years, during which time she organized banquets, bake sales and festivals that raised thousands of dollars toward building a new church and social hall at Forest Park Avenue and Windsor Mill Road.

She also founded a multicultural youth group at the church, and when the church's pastor, Dr. Edwin Ankeny, took over Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in the mid-1980s, she followed.

She expanded the United Methodist Women group at the church and participated in its booth at the annual Flowermart.

Mrs. Bevard had lived at Court House Square Apartments in Towson for the last decade.

In recent years, Mrs. Bevard had been a communicant of Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where her funeral was held Feb. 12.

She is survived by her son, Howard Bradley Bevard of Baltimore.

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