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Opal Pauline Devenport

1934 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Opal Pauline Devenport Obituary
Opal Pauline Devenport, formerly of Livingston, Texas, passed away at her home in Alamogordo on Saturday, March 10, 2012, after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. She was born June 20, 1934, in Potosi, Mo. Her parents were John Fred Moss and Effie Marie (Lewis) Moss. She married James Leroy Devenport on March 12, 1960.
She was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings, including a brother, Virgil Edward Moss, and two sisters, Claire Melissa Manes and Katherine Lucille Simpson. She is survived by her husband, James, and sisters-in-law Maudie Moss, Faye Gentry (Jeff), Linda Narens (Robert) and Carol Sue Locke (Robert). She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, also grands and great-grands.
In Livingston, she worked at Walmart and was very active at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. After moving to Alamogordo in 1999, she worked for Gentry Construction, the IMAX Theater and later became a nursing home ombudsman. After retirement and never one to settle for the rocking chair, she volunteered at the senior center, helped to raise funds for the exercise building, conducted a strength training class and joined the Mayor's Committee on Aging. Lastly, she volunteered as a foster grandparent through the RSVP program.
Over her lifetime she dabbled in nearly every conceivable hobby at one time or another - genealogy, photography, stained glass, painting, needlework, ceramics, modeling, gourmet cooking, gardening, decorating and crafting.
Opal and James shared devotionals every morning. As James' eyesight dwindled Opal continued to read the Scriptures and daily readings from "Streams in the Desert." She also enriched James' days by reading aloud several books from the Wagons West series.
Opal will forever be deeply missed by all her family and many friends who knew and loved her. One nephew described his Aunt Opal as real pistol, a lovable lady with a feisty personality. And thus, her memory is forever sealed in our hearts.
Cremation has taken place. Opal's extended family will gather together at a later date in celebration of her life. At Opal's request, there will be no public memorial. Those who desire may make a Gideon Bible donation in her name.
Direct cremation has taken place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 13 to Apr. 12, 2012
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