Monday, December 22, 2014



Lenore J. “Lee” DeVore, 93, Ottawa, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Ottawa Retirement Plaza.

Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. DeVore 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Family plans to meet with friends 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, and process to Highland Cemetery for a graveside service at 11 a.m.

Lee was born on Friday, July 16, 1920, and raised in the small prairie town of Mont Ida, Kan., southwest of Garnett. She was the daughter of Ernest and Grace (Hentschel) Robinson.

Getting an education beyond grade school was difficult. Education was so important to her that, as a young teenager, she worked for room and board in order to go to Garnett High School, where she graduated in 1939. This led to a lifelong passion for reading. She married Curt DeVore in 1940. They lived most of their married life in rural Franklin County. Lee’s roots in Franklin County ran deep. Her great-grandparents, Nathan and Julia Whipple, were residents of Franklin County in 1865.

She was a wonderful wife and mother and a respected member of her community. Lee served on the Pleasant Ridge School Board, Peoria Plodders Home Demonstration Unit and was a Full O’ Pep 4-H Sewing Leader.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn Greenfield and husband Robert, Ottawa, Sherril Unruh, Ottawa, and Jacqueline Tulumello, Northfield, Minn.; two grandchildren, Mark Gibbs, Ottawa, and Michelle Tulumello and husband Adam Flint, Vestal, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Mariel and Robin Lenore Flint, Vestal, N.Y.

Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Lee DeVore; and sister, Leota Wilson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Friends of the Ottawa Library in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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