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Devenis, Luanna E. - Lexington  
Luanna E. (Ellis) Devenis of Lexington, died peacefully at home on Friday afternoon, June 10, 2016 at the age of 88. Former wife of Keistutis Peter Devenis of Concord. She was married for 30 years and raised 2 children, Jonas Ellis Devenis of Arlington who predeceased her in 2008 and Luanna Elena Devenis of Lexington. Born on March 21, 1928 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the only child of Emma Thompson Ellis and Roy Ellis. Luanna attended Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. A Graduate of Spaulding University, formerly Nazareth College in Louisville, Kentucky, she was employed as an elementary school teacher for several years before she became a devoted wife and loving mother. Active in Republican politics, Luanna was President of the Women's Republican Club of Lexington. She was Chair and Secretary of the Lexington Republican Town Committee, and Chair and Republican Registrar for the Board of Registrars of Voters for the Town of Lexington. An expert knitter, she enjoyed knitting hats, mittens and sweaters for friends and family who were always delighted with her handiwork. As the last original homeowner to remain in the neighborhood where she had lived for 57 years, she enjoyed playing the piano, reading non-fiction, and keeping up with current events. Memorial visiting hours will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd., Lexington, on Saturday, June 18 from 1-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler St., Boston MA 02116; Hanover College, Attn: Office of Development, 517 Ball Drive, PO BOX 108, Hanover, Indiana 47243-0108; or Office of Advancement and Philanthropy, Spaulding University, 845 South Third St., Louisville, KY 40203. Interment will be private. Douglass Funeral Home Lexington, 781-862-1800 www.douglassfh.com
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from June 14 to June 23, 2016
Doughty, Helen C. - North Attleboro  
Helen Clare Traverse Doughty, 99, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2016 at Timothy Daniels House in Holliston. She was the wife of the late George Doughty. Born in Arlington, MA on October 24, 1916 in the historic Jason Russell House to loving parents Frank and Pauline (Hatfield) Clare. Throughout her school years she was raised in Lexington, MA and graduated from the Lexington High School in 1935 with a specialty in secretarial work / stenography where she showed great aptitude in short hand dictation. Helen worked at the telephone company in Boston. She was a resident of Arlington, MA for most of her married life to her first husband George Traverse for 28 years but moved back to Lexington to care for her mother. Helen remained there for 24 years during her second marriage to George Doughty where they resided on Paul Revere Road. Mrs. Doughty played an active roll with the Lexington Senior Organizations and helped her second husband install Lifeline call systems in the homes of Lexington area seniors. She and George taught a course for Wills and Trusts Without Lawyers for many years as part of a continuing educational efforts for seniors. They were extensive travelers and took advantage of programs offered to Lexington seniors. Helen loved classical music especially that made by the Reading Symphony Orchestra based in Reading, MA where she regularly attended concerts for close to 25 years. Helen is survived by four children: John Traverse of Olympia, Washington; Richard Traverse of Boxford, MA; Paul Traverse of Milford, MA and Dr. William Traverse of West Hartford, CT. Three stepchildren: Susan Locke of Carver, MA; Arlan Doughty of Sarasota, FL and Mark Doughty of Weare, NH. She will be greatly missed by her 14 grandchildren and her 19 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Helens memory to the Reading Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 165, Reading, MA 01867 or to the West Medford Baptist Church, 59 Boston Avenue, West Medford, MA 02155. In the memo line please write: In Memory of Helen Traverse Doughty. To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com .
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from June 8 to June 23, 2016
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