Helen P. DeVries

October 18, 1932 - April 7, 2021
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Helen P. DeVries, 88, of Venice, FL, died April 7, 2021.  Helen was born on October 18, 1932, in Hopewell, Nova Scotia, to Arend and Tryna Roskamp, and grew up in Titonka, Iowa.  Helen graduated from Central Teachers’ College in 1952, and taught school in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  She married her lifelong partner and beloved husband, Don DeVries, in 1955, and settled in Ada, Michigan.  In 1971, the family moved to Venice where she continued to raise her six children.  She was a faithful member of Venice Presbyterian Church.  She volunteered for over 20 years at both the South County Food Pantry and Tidewell Hospice.  She was a lover of birds, nature, cooking, arts and crafts, and was a voracious reader of classical fiction and religious texts.  She could recite scripture and classical poems from memory for almost every occasion.  Her true passion in life was her family, and child-rearing, and she enjoyed taking her small children, and later, her grandchildren, on excursions to Caspersen’s Beach and other local nature attractions.  She also enjoyed travelling with her husband, Don, in Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Africa, and the Western USA.  Her door was always open, and she generously shared her faith, her wisdom, and everything else she had, with those in need.  Helen’s enduring legacy will be the love and care she showered upon anyone who came into contact with her expansive clan.  She was a family woman.


She is survived by her brother Miller Roskamp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, brother Gresham Roskamp of Dana Point, California, brother Bob Roskamp of Sarasota, FL, sister Diane Cirksena of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and sister Marcia Bergie, of Stillwater, Minnesota; her children:  daughter, Paula and husband, Mike Evans, of Nokomis, FL, son, Joe and wife, Aline O’Connor, of Nairobi, Kenya, daughter, Mary DeVries of Clearwater, FL, son, Jon, and wife, Cheri, of Venice, FL, son, Chris, and wife, Heather, of Indialantic, FL, son, Andy, and wife, Samantha, of Nokomis, FL; son-in-law, Kip McCord; grandchildren:  Nicole and husband Mike Gartley, Allison and husband Brian Martinez, Susie and husband Tony Carlin, Dexter McCord, Amina and Helena DeVries, Cameron Evans, Naomi, Chloe and Gabriella DeVries, Natalie Hays, Ellie and Julia DeVries, Maxine and Iris DeVries, and Luke Funk and Katya Budzinski; and great-grandchildren:  Aidan and Adaline Gartley, Riley, Cody, and Hayden Martinez, Henry, Myla, and Josie Carlin.  She is also survived by many in the Venice community who will honor the memory of this good woman.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South County Food Pantry, 800 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285.

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Born: October 18, 1932
January 2, 1951
Once Upon A Time, my older sister Helen and I shared a bed under the old wing of the parsonage. in Titonka, Iowa. It was cold, and Helen was doing what is appropriate for people her age. I was just a kid, but I knew our father (pretty strict about women’s behavior) probably didn’t approve of Helen coming in late. One night I saw her out in the driveway with her current beau. But soon the yard light blazed, and I could hear our dad hollering for her to get into the house. I was feeling sorry for her, so I’d gone to bed on her side so it would be warm. As I heard her come into the room I moved over to my cold side. I’d do that again if I could. She seemed to appreciate it.
Died: April 7, 2021

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Susan Adams posted on 4/21/21

I didn’t know you, Helen, but I wish I had. You were obviously a loving, vibrant woman with a big heart because your daughter Paula, whom I know and love, reflects you in countless ways. Rest In Peace,


Gsrnella Tomich posted on 4/11/21

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Gsrnella Tomich posted on 4/11/21

Helen was a friend for many years. She was a warm, giving person always greeted me with a hug. She had a tremendous faith and once said to me, "I look forward to death". Her grandaughter married my son's step son so it was nice to have the family connect. She is now in a far better place and no doubt her husband Don was waiting for her. rest in peace dear Helen. Love, Jeannie.