Constance E.'s Story
Constance Elizabeth (Rogers) Devereux passed away on Wednesday August 23, 2017. She was 84.
She was born in Chicago IL on February 8, 1933
and was the daughter of Eleanor Chase Rogers and Bernard (Ben) Odell Rogers.
When she was very young her family moved from Chicago to the suburb of Riverside, Ill. In middle school she and her parents built a log cabin on the shores of the Mississippi River in Cordova, Ill. where they would vacation each summer. While attending Riverside-Brookfield High School, she was very active with the American Junior Red Cross and was chosen to be in a group of American Jr Red Cross high school students traveling on a two-month study tour through Western Europe.
She then attended Indiana University where she was a sociology major, a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and was one of the co-chairs for the Little Indy bicycling race. At IU she met John D Devereux of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and they were married in 1955. They moved with his work with Shell Oil to St. Louis, Mo., Tulsa OK and then to Calgary, Alberta Canada.
She and her husband then moved to Cambridge, for him to pursue further graduate work at the Harvard Business School. After starting their family, the couple moved to Lexington, where she lived for almost 50 years. She was a longtime and active member of Hancock United Church of Christ and the Lexington Book Group. She was also a member of the Lexington Ski Club for many years.
She worked in a variety of positions most notably at her two companies, Field Flowers of Lexington (a custom decorated candle company) with partner Margie Winter and Devereux Smith Associates (a PR and events firm that established Discovery Day in Lexington among other projects) with partner Jacquie Smith. Over the course of 35 years she was also the Administrator for the annual Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions program with The College Board.
Connie was very interested in the arts, studying both oil and watercolor painting with MacLucas “Woody” Ward for many years, as well as basket weaving at The Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, rug braiding, rug hooking and gardening. Later, she also led an exercise class at the Lexington Council on Aging. And she was a member of Chapter U, Lexington of PEO, a philanthropic and educational organization.
She enjoyed travel in the U.S., Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Japan as well as her treasured annual vacations to visit dear friends in Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.
In 2010, she moved to Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, Mass., where she continued to be involved in the rug hooking, Art for Fun, garden club and exercise classes. She was also a frequent contributor of both art (including cover work) and written articles to the Villager, Carleton-Willard’s quarterly publication of residents’ writing and art.
She is survived by her children, Rebecca Devereux Sullivan and husband, Steve of Wellesley and Andrea Rogers Devereux and her partner, Jon March of Hopewell, N.J. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michaela Finley, Delaney Sullivan and Aidan Sullivan; step-grandchildren Scott Sullivan of Portland, Ore., Will (and Molly) Sullivan and stepgreat-grandchildren, Jack and Maddie Sullivan of Berkeley, Calif.; also by Matt and Ikumi Tran and their sons Davis and Spencer of Andover; sisters-in-law, Helen Devereux of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Joyce Ingles of Schomberg, Ontario and nephew, Martin (and Doris) Ingles also of Schomberg.
She was predeceased by her former husband, John Devereux, nephew, Tony Ingles of Schomberg, Ontario, Canada and son-in-law, Stephen Finley of Hopewell, N.J.
Funeral arrangements were made through Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Rd., Bedford, with calling hours from 3 to 6 p.m., on Saturday, Aug 26. The memorial service was held at Hancock Church, 1912 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, on Sunday, August 27, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Constance E. Devereux to: Hancock Church,1912 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02421, or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute , P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, or www.dana-farber.org/gift.
Published on  August 31, 2017