DE­VEAUX, Jean Marie

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES -

With heavy hearts we an­nounce the pass­ing of Jean Marie De­veaux, age 66, of Port Hawkes­bury, sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, 2017. She was the el­dest daugh­ter of Thomas Burns, Mar­ga­ree Har­bour; beloved wife of Ger­ard De­veaux and adored mother of Lori-Ann (Glenn) Betts, Lawrence­town and Tony (Heather) De­veaux of New Water­ford. Her grand­chil­dren, Grace and Zoe Betts and Mitchell De­veaux were her pride and joy. She will be dearly missed by her sis­ters, Elaine Burns (Dave), Havre Boucher, Tishy (Billy) Tighe, New Vic­to­ria and Shel­ley (Dar­ren) Harb, Port Hawkes­bury and brothers, Gary (Lori), Port Hawkes­bury, David (Eve­lyn) of Troy and Al­lan (Wanda) of Hal­i­fax. She was loved by many nieces, neph­ews, grand­nieces and grand­nephews.

Jean Marie was a vi­brant wo­man ded­i­cated to her fam­ily, friends, the Le­gion and her faith. She was the heart and soul of our fam­ily, spend­ing the past three years in Mar­ga­ree Har­bour car­ing for her fa­ther. She went out of her way to make ev­ery­one feel spe­cial, never for­get­ting a birth­day or an­niver­sary and wel­comed ev­ery new mem­ber to the fam­ily with open arms. She was a di­verse in­di­vid­ual with many live stage per­for­mances as a found­ing mem­ber of the Un­der the Map Act­ing Troup. She will be fondly re­mem­bered by all for her quick wit and sense of hu­mor.

Jean Marie joined the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 43 in 1986 and worked tire­lessly in the in­ter­est of vet­er­ans. She held sev­eral po­si­tions with the le­gion on a lo­cal, pro­vin­cial and na­tional level. A pas­sion­ate mem­ber, Jean Marie broke bar­ri­ers by be­com­ing the first fe­male As­so­ciate Mem­ber to be elected Pres­i­dent of the Nova Sco­tia / Nu­navut Pro­vin­cial Com­mand. In 2012 she was awarded the Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal with Palm Leaf, the high­est award be­stowed in the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion. Jean Marie will be re­mem­bered for her mov­ing speeches and the abil­ity to get the job done. She was an ex­cel­lent writer and wrote ar­ti­cles for The Torch, a quar­terly news­pa­per pub­lished by the RCL. In one of her many ar­ti­cles she wrote ‘There is no bet­ter feel­ing than know­ing you have given back to those who ob­tained and main­tain our free­dom and peace.’

She leaves be­hind her life­long friend, Linda MacQuar­rie and spe­cial friends, Ros­alie Hann and Ruth Nash. She is also sur­vived by her mother, Agnes Burns of Hal­i­fax.

Spe­cial thanks to all Le­gion Com­rades, Ex­ec­u­tive of NS/ Nu­navut Pro­vin­cial Com­mand and the parishes across Cape Breton who re­mem­bered Jean Marie in their prayers these last few weeks.

Vis­i­ta­tion will take place in Dennis Haver­stock Funeral Home, 724 Granville St, Port Hawkes­bury Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and from where a Royal Cana­dian Le­gion trib­ute ser­vice will take place from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 25 at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph Ro­man Catholic Church, Port Hawkes­bury with Fa­ther Con­rad Ed­wards of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Dona­tions in Jean Marie’s mem­ory may be made to the RCL NS/NU benev­o­lent fund pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance for veteran’s ser­vices. https://www.canada­helps.org/en/char­i­ties/the-royal-cana­di­an­le­gion-nova-sco­tia­nunavut­com­mand-ben/ Words of com­fort may be for­warded to the fam­ily at www.haver­stocks.com.

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