Mary M. DeVan, 83, aide to state DNR secretary

October 08, 2004

Mary M. DeVan, a retired secretary and aide in the state Department of Natural Resources, died of heart failure Saturday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. She was 83.

She was born Mary Madeline Murphy in Baltimore and raised in Homeland. She was a 1938 graduate of Eastern High School and attended a Baltimore secretarial school.

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, she was a secretary for a Baltimore law firm and later during World War II was a secretary for the U.S. Army.

In 1945, she married John E. DeVan Jr., and after raising their two children, she returned to work in the early 1960s at Annapolis High School as secretary to the vice principal. In 1968, she became an administrative assistant to James B. Coulter, who was deputy secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources and later headed the department. She retired in 1982.

Mrs. DeVan lived in Anne Arundel County's Sherwood Forest community from 1959 until 1996, when she moved to Oak Crest. She had been secretary to the board of directors of Sherwood Forest.

She enjoyed duckpin bowling, sailing, golfing and bridge. She also liked to travel and entertain.

A funeral Mass was offered Wednesday at Oak Crest.

In addition to her husband, a retired Realtor and former chairman of the Anne Arundel County Board of Realtors, survivors include a son, John E. DeVan III of Colesville; a daughter, Madeline "Lynn" DeVan of Silver Spring; and three grandchildren.

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