Eleanor M. (Hamilton) DeVany, 89, of Raymond Hall Drive, North Attleboro, MA, died on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, from injuries sustained in a single car motor vehicle accident on Landry Avenue in North Attleboro on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. She was the wife of the late Guy Spaulding DeVany, founding publisher of the Sun Chronicle newspaper in Attleboro to whom she was married in Sioux Falls on June 26, 1949 and who died on Nov. 28, 2003.
Born in Lake Preston on Feb. 2, 1922, she was the only daughter born to the late Hugh and Gladys (Hamilton) Hamilton. She was a graduate of Sioux Falls High School in 1939 at the age of 17 and attended Sioux Falls College for two years prior to transferring to Yankton College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943.
During World War II, Mrs. DeVany trained with the American Red Cross in Washington, DC. In her youth, she worked summers at Sylvan Lake Lodge in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and was an assistant to the dean at the Chapel at the University of Chicago.
She was an educator having taught English and Latin at Vermillion High School in Vermillion, and upon moving to Massachusetts she was a teachers aide at the former North Rehoboth School for 11 years.
A resident of North Attleboro since 1988, she previously resided in Attleboro since arriving in Massachusetts in 1958.
Mrs. DeVany attended Candleberry Chapel in Attleboro.
She was a member of P.E.O., the North Purchase Club, the Play Readers Club and the Attleboro Garden Club.
Mrs. DeVany was also a longtime volunteer at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.
She enjoyed playing the piano and singing in various choruses. She will be lovingly remembered as a woman of elegance and grace.
She leaves two daughters, Jane Elizabeth DeVany of Attleboro and Anne Louise DeVany of West Falmouth, ME; a son, Daniel Charles DeVany of Centreville, VA; a sister-in-law, Arlene DeVany of Vermillion; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Hugh Hamilton.
Relatives and friends were invited to visitation on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Private funeral services were held in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Boyle, Pastor, of Candleberry Chapel, Attleboro, officiating.
Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Attleboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. DeVanys name may be made to the American Indian Relief Council, PO Box 6200, Rapid City, SD 57709-6200 and additional information about the council may be obtained at www.airc.org.
For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online register book at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.