Helen P DeVoe

September 16, 1921January 10, 2019

Helen P. DeVoe, 97, passed away at her residence in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday, January 10, 2019. She was born in Mount Summit, Indiana, on September 16, 1921, the daughter of Archie and Inez (Houdeshell) Poindexter. Helen was a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts. She held a true passion for genealogy, and loved art, art history, sculpture, and drawing. Helen founded the Arizona Chapter of the National Society Dames of the Court of Honor and was the former president of the Colonial Dames of America. Helen was also a patron for the Hereditary Society Blue Book in 1995 and was listed in the Southwest Blue Book. She was also a past member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr. Society. Helen is survived by her daughter, Judith Ann DeVoe-Stafford, Portland, Oregon; daughter-in-law, Andy DeVoe, Indianapolis, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Christian, Amy, Jim Jr., Marcy, Mindy, Angie, and Ryan; and twenty-four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul V. DeVoe; and her son, James F. DeVoe. Services to honor Helen’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana, 47304. Entombment will follow in Elm Ridge Memorial Park. Family and friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Tuesday, January, 15, 2019, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Online condolences may be directed to the family at


  • Calling: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Service to Honor Helen's Life: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Helen P DeVoe

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Kathy Baumbaugh

January 15, 2019

Just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear that Helen had passed.
Tonya and I met at the dealership to drive down to the funeral, but due to the icy roads (and the many accidents in Marion) - we decided it was not safe to go.
I did not have a lot of contact with Helen, except for the time she was in an accident in Marion, and I sat with her for an hour or so until family could get there. We talked about many things in that short time span. She was an impressive lady and I admired her. She was ahead of her time in many ways.
May you hold her memories close to you as you go through this difficult time.
God Bless to you and your family.
Kathy Baumbaugh