Helen N. (DeVore) Edwards


Helen N. (DeVore) Edwards died on Easter morning, April 5, 2015, in St. Joseph, Mich. She was 81.

Her daughter Sally McAllister, Sally’s husband Ray, and her son Carl Edwards were with her at the time of her death.

Helen was born on August 28, 1933, in Newark, N.J. She also lived in Edgartown with her family, and in Corriganville, Md., with her parents, Robert and Helen DeVore, prior to moving to Berrien Springs, Mich., with her daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband John M. Edwards; an infant daughter, Nora Lee Edwards; and her brother, Don C. DeVore.

Helen is survived by her daughter Sally McAllister and husband Ray of Berrien Springs, Mich., and four sons: John Steven Edwards and wife Mary; Craig Edwards and wife Christy, both of Edgartown; Dale Edwards and wife Ann of South Hadley; and Carl J. Edwards of Port Charlotte, Fla., and his wife Lilian. Helen is survived by six grandchildren: Elizabeth Kitue and husband Alex of Wallington, N.J.; Christopher and Tyler Edwards of Edgartown; and Alan, Timothy, and Shelby Edwards of South Hadley. She is also survived by two brothers: Robert DeVore and wife Anne of Martinsburg, W.V., and Chet DeVore and wife Janet of Severna Park, Md.; a sister-in-law, Nancy DeVore of Milledgeville, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen attended church services with her mother at United Church of Christ in Corriganville, and enjoyed attending Michiana Fil-Am Seventh Day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Mich., with Sally and Ray. Helen loved listening to country music. The family would like to thank Liz Lombonaung and all her friends at Meadowview Gardens in Berrien Springs, where she resided.

A funeral service was held in Hyndman, Pa., with the Rev. Sandy Hetz-Burchell of the Ellerslie United Methodist Church officiating, on Saturday, April 11. Burial was at nearby Porter’s Cemetery in Pa. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago IL 60601.