“Those we hold close to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives.”

Joan Allebaugh Devier

March 23, 1930February 2, 2021

Joan Allebaugh Devier, 90, of Harrisonburg, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2021, at Harman House in the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

Joan was born March 23, 1930, in Harrisonburg and was the daughter of the late C.R. “Jim” Allebaugh and Madeline Null Allebaugh.

She grew up in Lacey Spring, graduated from Broadway High School in 1947 and attended Madison College from 1947-1951.

Joan enjoyed art, reading, and was an avid UVA basketball fan throughout her life. Joan will be remembered for her unconditional love and support for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All who knew Joan fondly remember her sweet disposition and warm smile.

Joan was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donn Lee Devier in 1982. Joan is survived by her children, J. Don Clark and wife, Donna, Nancy Clark Faulkner, Kay Clark Hanley, all of Harrisonburg, Gail Clark Johnson and husband, Paul, of Waynesboro: her grandchildren, Joshua Devier Clark, Colton Hanley, Paul Hanley and wife, Emily, and Ashlee Wesner and husband, Franz; and four great-grandchildren, Lydia and Ella Hanley, and Tristan and Luca Wesner.

She is also survived by a brother, Thomas N. Allebaugh and wife, Carol Lee, of Westfield, NJ; two nieces, Anne Kanjian of Banner Elk, NC, and Erin Muller of Crozet, and stepdaughter, Leigh Devier of Edinburg.

There will be a private graveside service at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

The family extends a special thank you to the staffs of Harman House and Oak Lea for their loving and compassionate care while she was a resident of VMRC.

Memorial contributions may be made to: VMRC Good Samaritan Fund or the COVID-19 Emergency Fund The Salvation Army of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Friends may leave condolences for the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.


  • J. Don Clark (Donna), Son
  • Nancy Clark Faulkner, Daughter
  • Kay Clark Hanley, Daughter
  • Gail Clark Johnson (Paul), Daughter
  • Joshua Devier Clark, Grandchild
  • Colton Hanley, Grandchild
  • Paul Hanley (Emily), Grandchild
  • Ashlee Wesner (Franz), Grandchild
  • Lydia Hanley, Great-Grandchild
  • Ella Hanley, Great-Grandchild
  • Tristan Wesner, Great-Grandchild
  • Luca Wesner, Great-Grandchild
  • Thomas N. Allebaugh (Carol Lee), Brother
  • Anne Kanjian, Niece
  • Erin Muller, Niece
  • Leigh Devier, Step-Daughter
  • Donn Lee Devier, Husband (deceased)
  • Madeline Null Allebaugh, Mother (deceased)
  • C. R. "Jim" Allebaugh, Father (deceased)

  • VMRC Good Samaritan Fund
  • COVID-19 Emergency Fund
  • The Salvation Army of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County
  • The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank


  • Private Graveside Service, A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.


Joan Allebaugh Devier

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Martha Kelly

February 7, 2021

Don, Nancy, Gail & Kay,

I was so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. While I didn't know her well, I know Richard always enjoyed doing work at her house. I know one thing, she was a good woman who lived a good life. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

In friendship,

Jill Smith Bowman

February 6, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. We all have so many good memories of Green St. Your Mom was always so nice to everyone. It was nice being able to see your Mom at VMRC. Am glad our families got to reconnect. Thoughts, prayers, and hugs to your family. Love, Jill

Susan Tysinger

February 5, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Joan was a wonderful neighbor for the 15 years I lived beside her on Green Street.

I have kept up with her through cards and visits from time to time. I am so sorry she was not able to see the handmade heart that I sent her this week. I hope that one of you will take it and enjoy it.

You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you, Susan

Kathy (George)Billhimer

February 4, 2021

Hey Clark family,
So sorry to read of your mom’s passing.
I thought of her as almost a second Mother as much time as I spent at your house growing up. She lived a long, good life and left lots of memories for you.
Blessings to you all.
Kathy George Billhimer