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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

8178 Cline Avenue, Crown Point, IN

OBITUARY

Billie Jane Devine

September 15, 1931December 29, 2019
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Billie Jane Devine, dedicated wife and loving mother, entered her Savior’s presence on Sunday, Dec. 29, at the age of 88. Born Billie Jane Whanger on Sept. 15, 1931, in Muhlenberg County, KY., she married her teenage sweetheart Donald Eugene Devine, with whom she raised eight children and who preceded her in death in 2018. They were married almost 70 years. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Hazel Jane and William Leslie Smith; her son, Dennis Devine; and her daughter-in-law, Janet Devine. Left to cherish her memory are her children David (Aleta), Thomas (Leslie), Martin (Brenda), Herb (Rhonda), Rob (Anne), Will (Lori), and Donna Jane Devine; 28 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her brother, Leslie Earl (Wanda) Smith; and nieces and a nephew. Billie was a strong woman who for years supported her husband’s carpentry business as a bookkeeper while raising seven sons and a daughter. She loved to read, sing, teach children’s Sunday school, and host holiday dinners. Billie knew no strangers, had a quick wit, and freely spoke her mind. She was a faithful member of Lake Hills Baptist Church in Schererville, Ind. Family and friends may call upon Chapel Lawn Funeral Home – 8178 Cline Ave. Crown Point, IN 46307 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 3PM – 7PM. A funeral service in Mrs. Devine’s honor will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 10AM at Lake Hills Baptist Church – 9209 W. 85th Ave. Schererville, IN 46375. Burial will take place at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Crown Point following the service. To leave words of comfort and condolences please visit www.chapellawnfunerals.com “Even though we may not attain our goals, we may strive all the harder as we realize how rich and great a fulfillment we gain doing and learning day by day. A man’s reach should exceed his grasp. Those who come after us ought to be able to accomplish more than we accomplished.” — Billie Jane Smith (age 16), 12th grade essay

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  • Billie Jane Devine, dedicated wife and loving mother, entered her Savior’s presence on Sunday, Dec. 29, at the age of 88. Born Billie Jane Whanger on Sept. 15, 1931, in Muhlenberg County, KY., she married her teenage sweetheart Donald Eugene Devine, with whom she raised eight children and who preceded her in death in 2018. They were married almost 70 years. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Hazel Jane and William Leslie Smith; her son, Dennis Devine; and her daughter-in-law, Janet Devine.
    Left to cherish her memory are her children David (Aleta), Thomas (Leslie), Martin (Brenda), Herb (Rhonda), Rob (Anne), Will (Lori), and Donna Jane Devine; 28 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her brother, Leslie Earl (Wanda) Smith; and nieces and a nephew.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 6, 2020

Memories

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Beverly Mahns

January 6, 2020

To the family of Billie Jean Devine I Beverly and Tom your neighbors on the corner with the hay wagon, we just want to let you know we are thinking of you in your loss of first your father, grandfather and now your mother, grandmother. Our prayers are with you.

Jackie Logan

January 5, 2020

Please accept our sincere condolences following the passing of Mrs. Devine. We did not know her personally, but have had the pleasure of knowing her son, David, and his family. Mrs. Devine sounds like a gem, and we are sure she will be missed.
Brett, Jackie, Rachel, and Jacob Logan
Charlotte, NC

Anna Multani

January 2, 2020

So sorry to hear about the passing of Billie I will miss her beautiful smiles as she met me at the mail box on occasion to get her mail Rest In Peace Anna your mail lady

Judy Schweitzer

December 31, 2019

What an amazing woman she was ! Always had a kind word or saying for our coffee visits ! I was taken aback by her wisdom and sense of humor ! She was quite a lady sparkle in her that made u know she could see right into u! Loved her so much ! Great friend and neighbor ! Miss you Billie Devine !

Dorinda Thomasson

December 30, 2019

I am so sorry to hear hear about this. I loved Billy Jane and loved her calling and talking to mom and I. You are in my prayers David, Tommy, Marty,Willie , Herb and Donna Jane love to you all

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Biography

Billie Jane Devine, dedicated wife and loving mother, entered her Savior’s presence on Sunday, Dec. 29, at the age of 88. Born Billie Jane Whanger on Sept. 15, 1931, in Muhlenberg County, KY., she married her teenage sweetheart Donald Eugene Devine, with whom she raised eight children and who preceded her in death in 2018. They were married almost 70 years. Billie was a strong woman who for years supported her husband’s carpentry business as a bookkeeper while raising seven sons and a daughter. She loved to read, sing, teach children’s Sunday school, and host holiday dinners. Billie knew no strangers, had a quick wit, and freely spoke her mind. She was a faithful member of Lake Hills Baptist Church in Schererville, Ind.
“Even though we may not attain our goals, we may strive all the harder as we realize how rich and great a fulfillment we gain doing and learning day by day. A man’s reach should exceed his grasp. Those who come after us ought to be able to accomplish more than we accomplished.” — Billie Jane Smith (age 16), 12th grade essay