Mary Collen McDevitt
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MANSFIELD: Mary Colleen McDevitt, 54, of Mansfield lost her three year battle with Ovarian Cancer passing away on Wednesday September 11, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family.
The daughter of John P & Judith A (Moore) McDevitt, Colleen was born September 9, 1959.
She was born and raised in Mansfield where she attended both St Mary's and Madison Comprehensive High School. Upon graduation she worked in the food service industry at many popular local restaurants and bars. Later she worked at Rubbermaid in Wooster where she held the position of Administrative Assistant to the President. She left the Mansfield area to pursue a career in Crestview Florida where she was an Administrative Assistant to the Crestview Chamber of Commerce and later served as President of the American Business Women's Association. She later relocated to the Cleveland Ohio area where she worked at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a number of years. She then moved to New York City where she worked as a telecommunications consultant and met and began a ten-year relationship with the love of her life Murray Elias.
She was an avid sports fan loyal to the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers. She was also a charter member of the Cleveland Browns' infamous Dawg Pound. And of course she was a diehard Buckeyes fan following both Ohio State Football & Basketball. Cooking was one of her true passions. She loved to crochet. She also had a real gift for making beautiful handcraft pieces for family and friends. She loved to travel and she loved music especially rock and the blues. She was a diehard progressive Democrat who passionately believed in civil rights, equality and health care for all. She loved to good-naturedly irritate her conservative friends with her liberal Facebook posts.
Colleen was very active in the Sons & Daughters of World War II Rangers organization serving as its Acting Secretary, Webmaster and Editor of the Ranger Newsletter. In recognition for her service she received the prestigious William O Darby Award for "her hard work, dedication and devotion to keeping the memory of the WWII Rangers alive." She was also a proud member of the Women's Auxiliary of VFW Post 3494 in Mansfield.
Colleen will be remembered for her generous loving selfless spirit always thinking of others first. She was loyal to her beloved family and friends. Colleen was very family oriented. Growing up, she was truly "Jack's good little girl." She was also her younger sisters' biggest tormentor and their fiercest defender and protector. She loved to take trips with her mother and sisters, which always resulted in getting lost "by way of Lucas."
Colleen is survived by her mother, Judy McDevitt; sisters, Maureen (Steve) Browning, Kathleen Webster, Erin (Brad) Bogner, all of Mansfield; brother, John (Shelley) Guiseppi of Lakeland, Florida; her significant other and companion for the last 10 years, Murray Elias; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, John "Jack" McDevitt; sister, Sharon Miller; grandparents, John & Veronica (Welsh) McDevitt and Thomas & Alice (Bowman) Moore; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers a contribution in her name be made to www.hospiceofnorthcentralohio.org or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (www.ovarian.org).
A Memorial Service/Celebration of Colleen's life will be held Saturday September 28, 2013 beginning at 4PM at VFW Post 3494 located on 853 Ashland Road, Mansfield, Ohio.
Werner-Gompf Funeral Services Ltd
1106 Park Ave E Mansfield, OH 44905
Published in the News Journal on Sept. 15, 2013