Ellen Mary McDevitt
January 18, 1954 – June 7, 2020
Ellen M. McDevitt, of Scituate Massachusetts, passed peacefully from this world on Sunday, June 7, 2020. She was born January 18, 1954, to Patricia Bozarth, of Ocean City, New Jersey, and Neil McDevitt, now deceased. At the age of 17 she met Stan Humphries, who was then just 19, at the landmark Hogate’s Fine Seafood Restaurant in OCNJ, where they both had summer jobs. Their love was celebrated by marriage in 1974, a marriage of 46 years. They became known as one being - “E&S” - from then on. Their son Drew (Andrew McDevitt Humphries) was born in 1981 and he was the brightest star in Ellen’s eyes from the moment he arrived.
Ellen graduated from Ocean City High School in 1971 and was a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Hygiene. Her career as a dental hygienist culminated at a periodontal practice where she specialized in surgical assisting.
Ellen lived and loved fiercely. She loved the ocean, salt breezes and the boardwalk in OCNJ. She grew up “at the shore” of the Atlantic coast; then she, Stan, and later Drew, lived on the South Shore of Cape Cod Bay for over 40 years. Ellen also loved the mountains and was a skilled skier, treasuring annual family ski trips to the White Mountains in NH and ME, to the Rockies in CO, Mt. Hood and to the Austrian Alps.
She had a heart for those on the margins and was an advocate for public health as a young intern on the tribal lands in northern California. Her heart for equality and justice fueled her life-long passion for politics and she readily, and articulately, defended equal opportunities for the underserved.
To Ellen, family always came first. This year, Ellen delighted in welcoming Drew’s fiancé, Jess Foster, into the McDevitt-Humphries family. As a cherished aunt, she never missed a birthday or special event for any of her many nieces and nephews.
Ellen will forever be in the hearts of her mother Pat, of Ocean City, NJ; her sister Patti Gardener (Rich) of Ocean View, NJ; her brother John McDevitt (Karen) of Ocean View, NJ; Paul McDevitt (Bret) of Absecon, NJ; her sister Karen Wagenseller (David) of Windsor, CA; and her brother Matthew Bozarth of Ocean City, NJ. Ellen is the beloved aunt to nine nieces and nephews, and twelve “gran” nieces and nephews, in the McDevitt family, and to four nieces and nephews, and seven + 2/3 “gran” nieces and nephews in the Humphries family.
Stan and Drew are immeasurably grateful to her specialists at Beth Israel Deacones in Boston: Dr. Pushpa Narayaswami, Neurology; Dr. Jonathan Hausmann, Rheumatology; Dr. Robert Hallowell, Pulmonology; and Dr. John Danzinger, Nephrology, one of Boston Magazine’s top 200 doctors in Massachusetts. Their exceptional skills, and continued deep care of Ellen, provided beacons of hope.
If you are considering a gift in memory of Ellen, in lieu of flowers, please consider the non-profit Scituate Etrusco Associates, Inc., who provide medical and nursing equipment to those who may not have access to them otherwise. You can reach them at (781) 545-4411 or by mail at: Scituate Etrusco Associates PO Box 265 Scituate, MA 02066
A celebration of Ellen’s life will be held at a future date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Ellen Mary McDevitt
Pam and Jeff Martell
June 22, 2020
Oh, Stan and Drew... where do we even begin? Jeff and I were devastated to hear of Ellen’s passing. Her spirit was so indomitable and so passionate and so positive. Even these last few years when things got so tough and complicated with her health, together you both rose above it all. As a couple, you faced it all with an incredible, brilliant love.
I loved Ellen’s laugh! We were neighbors and friends forever; Drew was our “third son” and our boys all ran back and forth between the houses and the “museum” constantly. At Ellen’s suggestion, we coordinated Christmas gifts so the boys would each have the same toys for their games. We shared recipes (boy, Ellen loved to cook and try out new foods!) and took care of each other’s dogs - especially Toby in thunder storms! You even made the trek all the way out to Big Sur for Chris’ wedding (Deetjans) and up to Maine for Ben’s!
We really can’t believe she has passed from this life. Your 46 years together were an amazing love story, Stan! And, Drew, we love you so much! With so much gratitude for our dear friends, Pam and Jeff Martell
Anna (Gallagher) Gawlik
June 17, 2020
Stan and Drew,
I am so sorry for your loss and am keeping you and Ellen in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember her smile and gentle voice. Xoxo
June 15, 2020
Dear Stan and Drew
I feel as if I have known Ellen since you first came to Scituate and Beaver Dam Rd.. I first got to know her when I worked at "Angelos" and she was a bride and then pregnant and then a young mother with her beautiful baby...Drew. As the years went on and we all were growing up It was always fun to see you both at the Mill. Although it was tough at times to see Ellen have trouble moving around, not once did I ever see her without that wonderful sparkle she always seemed to have in her eyes and her huge smile.
She really was a special person and how lucky she was to have you Stan in her life.....always with the same upbeat attitude. My heart aches for all of you right now but I'm sure that she gave strict orders to all to keep smiling and concentrate on the happy times and wonderful memories and she told me how happy she was for you Drew .
Our sincere sympathy ....I'm so happy and pleased that I had the pleasure of knowing Ellen......such a good example for anyone going through difficult times.
Rosie and Mat Brown
June 14, 2020
Dear Stan and Drew,
Along with you our hearts are broken. Ellen will be so missed at all of our parties, football games and cookouts. It will be hard not seeing her sitting there in her spot at my counter chatting away with the girls. You started out as our neighbor but became our very good friends. Ellen was such a strong and brave person with such perseverance. We will always hold her in our hearts. Until we all meet again, fly high and free Ellen.
Love, thoughts and prayers.
Kevin & Lynda
John & Barbara Martel
June 12, 2020
Stan and Family
We are so very sorry to have lost Ellen, we will always remember her as a good friend. We are so thankful to have had those memories of such a wonderful person, we will missed her terribly. Our prayers and condolences are with you and your family.
Love Barbara and John Martel