Berneta M. DeVries
Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home
42 Congress Street
Milford, MA
Berneta M. (Lowell). DeVries, 87 , of Mendon passed away Mon. Dec. 1, 2014 in Whitcomb House, Milford. She was the wife of the late Herman B. DeVries who died in 2011. Mrs. DeVries was employed as an Executive Secretary for 41 years at the former Massachusetts Electric Co. in Hopedale until her retirement in 1988. She was born July 4, 1927 in Mendon the daughter of the late Harold F. Putt and Charlotte E. (Marlow) Lowell. She was a graduate of Mendon High School, Class of 1945 and a graduate of Hill College in Woonsocket, RI where she received her BSS degree. Mrs. DeVries had served as past treasurer for the former Massachusetts Electric Company Credit Union and in 1985 she received the Award of Excellence from New England Electric System. A longtime member of the Mendon Unitarian Church, she was a member of the Joseph Emerson Evening Alliance, past president of the Mendon Historical Society, and secretary/treasurer of the Taft Family Association. She is survived by one step-son Barry A. and his wife Nancy DeVries of Redlands, CA, one step-daughter Linda A. Baker of Nashua, NH, two step-grandchildren Joshua DeVries and Jonathan DeVries and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Linwood E. Lowell. Funeral services will be held Thursday Dec. 4, 2014 at 11 AM in the Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, 42 Congress St., Milford preceded by a visiting hour from 10 | 11 AM in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Swandale Cemetery, Mendon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Unitarian Congregation of Mendon and Uxbridge, P.O. Box 392, Mendon, MA 01756.

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Published by Milford Daily News on Dec. 2, 2014.
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Berneta was the secretary/treasurer for the Taft Family Association for many years; but that doesn't begin to state her inpact on us. She was diligent, detailed, resourceful, energetic, enthusiastic, a multi-tasker of the highest caliber. And a great friend to all the Taft cousins. I will miss her greatly - her great laugh was a treasure I shall miss.
Pat Allen
December 19, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the family.I befriended Berneta when I was employed with the former Mass Electric Co.
paul phillips
December 3, 2014
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