Mary Martha Devore

June 12, 1940October 25, 2018
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Mary Martha Devore, age 78, passed away Thursday, October 25th, 2018 in Porter, TX.

Born in Houston, Tx,, 1940, to Robert Emory and Marguerite Sanders, Mrs. Devore grew up in the Denver Harbor section of north Houston; and, later, Pasadena, TX, before attending Pasadena High School where she earned her diploma in 1958. Upon graduation, Mary set off for Sam Houston St. University. There, as she would often quip, she earned her ‘MRS’ degree in 1960 when she married Roger Devore. The two would be inseparable for the following fifty-six years; until God called her loving husband home.

A devoted wife and mother, Mary followed her military husband to many parts of the country and world; beginning in San Diego, California, then to Key West, Florida; Naples, Italy, Maine, Maryland, Virginia, and Hawaii; ultimately settling in East Texas near Tyler upon Roger’s retirement from the service. Along the way, Mary bore two sons; Warren and Paul, and spent any free time she had volunteering as a Cub Scouts den mother, PTA officer, team mom for her sons’ various sports teams; as well as volunteering at various churches; youth Sunday school leader, VBS leader, and organist for weekly services. Professionally, Mary worked as office manager and human resources director for such organizations as Curtis Mathes Television and Furon (a Flour company) in Athens, TX.

Known for her witty sarcasm and tender heart, Mary enjoyed gardening, cross stitch, and playing games such as Forty Two (dominos). But, mostly Mary enjoyed the company of her husband; as the two would sit together at the kitchen table, listen to the radio, and talk to one another well into the night.

Mrs. Devore is preceded in death by her father, Robert E. Sanders, her mother, Marguerite Henderson; and her husband Roger Devore. She is survived by her brother Bob Sanders and his wife Linda; son Warren Clinton Devore and his wife Shelia, and their children, Wyatt and Ashley; and son Paul Kevin Devore and his wife Modesta, and their son James.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Mary Devore to the following organizations: Lutheran Women’s Missionary League National Military Family Association


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Reception Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Vicki Taylor

November 3, 2018

We live across the road from the house Mr. and Mrs. D. lived in New York. I just found out of her passing. My heart is breaking . I loved Mrs. D. She was very sweet and just a little mischievous.
One Halloween, we went over and had fun with a church group hayride that went up to her house so she could give out candy to the kids. Sharing this pic we took.
I love you Mrs. D. I will miss you on Facebook.......

Jane Hambleton

October 28, 2018

Mary and I became friends on Facebook through various groups with the common bond of love for Cross Stitch and the love of Family. We also spent time messaging privately where we shared so much. My sincere condolences to her family and to all that knew and loved her.

Laurie Harris

October 27, 2018

We are sending our sincerest condolences to Mary's family. I first met( Mary TX) her nickname years ago thru a shared love of needlework on several Crosstitch message boards, and then on Facebook. She was a very caring lady and loved to hear about the stories of my Grandkids and she was one of the first to congratulate us on the birth of our Grandson Roger and later Jillian. My father was also a Roger and sadly passed just shortly before Roger Devore. Mary always said something lovely to me on the anniversary of My fathers passing. She truly loved her family and God and I really will miss her although I know she is rejoicing with her Roger in Heaven! I will remember her with a smile for all the times she made me smile.

Ashley Devore

October 26, 2018

"Grandma 'Er" as I called her always brought a smile to my face. Growing up, she always supported me and I knew that I could always depend on her. Her jokes and her laugh to this day fill my heart with love, and I will never forget one of the most impactful things she said to me:
"Whenever you eat blackberries, think of Grandpa. Whenever you see a cardinal, think of me."
There is an old belief that cardinals symbolize angels being near, and now I know for sure that every time I see one, it will be Grandma watching over me.

Melanie Caples

October 26, 2018

I “met” Mary online many years ago, through a crosstitch message board. We also became friends on Facebook. Mary was a kind, sweet soul and always had a kind word to say . I’ll miss her greatly.

Terri Patillo

October 26, 2018

I knew Mary from the Cross Stitch message boards and Facebook. We were friends for at least 10 years. She was a lovely, wonderful, loving person. She was devoted to her family and to her friends.
Her needlework was always so lovely.
I will miss her.