Mary Alice Howell Bevilaqua
November 24, 1947 to June 5, 2014
Mary Alice Howell (Alexander) Bevilaqua, left her earthly realm on 5 June, 2014 in the loving arms of her devoted husband and loving daughter. Mary Alice was 66 years old and has been an inspiration to all who knew her. She has bravely battled cancer for 14 years but in the end it was acute respiratory failure that claimed her.
Mary Alice, as she is affectionately known by many, is survived by her husband, John P. Bevilaqua of Atlanta, GA and her daughter, Elisabeth Patton Alexander of Oxford, MS and her grandson, Tanner Reid Johnson, of Oxford, MS. Mary Alice was preceded in death by her Father, Lloyd Howell of Texas, her Mother, Agnes Howell of Chattanooga, TN and her brother, Lloyd Howell, Jr. of Pensacola, FL and She is survived by her mother-in-law, Josephine Smith Bevilaqua of Chattanooga, TN.
Mary Alice's life spans 30 years in the philanthropic community working with foundations, corporations and philanthropic individuals. She had an extensive working relationship with many Atlanta not-for-profit organizations including securing major gifts, planned giving programs, membership programs, and sponsorships.
Throughout her career, Mary Alice held several key roles including Development of Director for Oglethorpe University and Reinhardt College, Director of Development for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Director of Development for the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and Executive Director of Historic Oakland Foundation. Mary Alice has also served as Executive Director of the Patriotism Rocks Education Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by her and her husband.
She has also served her community as a volunteer devoting countless hours to a variety of charity organizations, including Atlanta Humane Society, Shepherd Center and USO. She also chaired a number of large charity balls and galas raising thousands of dollars for a multitude of organizations. Appointed by Governor Zell Miller to the Georgia Civil War Commission in 1998 she was re-appointed by Governor Roy Barnes and served as chair from 2002-2004.
Secretary of State Cathy Cox recognized Mary Alice's contributions to historic preservation by awarding the Outstanding Achievement for Preserving Georgia's History.
Mary Alice is a 28 year member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and has served in a variety of leadership positions with the Alfred Holt Colquitt Chapter as well as President of the Georgia Division.
Mary Alice was a graduate of Central High School in Chattanooga, TN and the University of Chattanooga, where she was also Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Fraternity (Delta Theta Chapter).
Mary Alice has been a friend, mentor and colleague to many and has traveled extensively in her career and with her husband. She is a patriot and a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association. She has also loved and supported the military community and was the daughter of a Purple Heart recipient. She has also supported her husband, a US Army veteran in many programs which support the US military including assisting him in the creation of the Patriots Dinner held in Atlanta June 1, 2014. The event featured 12 Medal of Honor recipients and raised a substantial amount of money for the Shepherd Center, SHARE military initiative.
Mary Alice will be greatly missed by her family and friends. However, her indomitable spirit, positive attitude, winning smile and quick wit will live in on all who knew her. In keeping with her own style and doing things on her terms, Mary Alice passed on the same date as her hero, Ronald Reagan who passed on this day in 2004.
A celebration of life and memorial service was held for her on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Northside United Methodist Church.