Shirley Marie DeVoe, age 90, of Gas, Kansas, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola, Kansas.
She was born on October 15, 1928 in Emporium, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Norman and Gorda (Hill) Herbstritt.
Shirley married Miles Joseph DeVoe on December 18, 1948, in Emporium, Pennsylvania. Their marriage was blessed with ten children.
On September 6, 1980, Shirley dedicated her life to Jehovah God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her many years of Christian service included 3 ½ years in the full time ministry.
Throughout her life, Shirley was well known for three things; her dedication to God, her love for her family, and her compassion for animals (except maybe spiders). Her service to God always came first, even if that meant added hardships. Through the decades, a significant focus in her life was caring for and spending time with her extended family, including her large spiritual family. When it came to animals, not only did Shirley show them love, but she would go out of her way to make sure every animal she came in to contact with was being well cared for.
Within her immediate family, she was preceded in death by her husband Miles on February 27, 2002; her parents; her two brothers, Norman Herbstritt and Ronald Herbstritt; and her four sisters, Evelyn Llewellyn, Thora Rose Smith, Elaine Blood, and Melody Herbstritt (who died in infancy).
Shirley is survived by all ten of her children; John DeVoe and wife LeAnna, Carol Deese and husband Jesse, Denise Law and husband Gene, Roseanne DeVoe, Rosemarie Rex and husband Victor, Joy Warren and husband Larry, Mike DeVoe and wife Cheryl, Tom DeVoe and wife Kathi, Calvin DeVoe and wife Pattie, Norman DeVoe and wife Nancy.
Her extended family included 38 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, 21 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation and viewing will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett, Kansas. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Garnett, Kansas.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.