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Goble Funeral Home

22 Main Street, Sparta, NJ

OBITUARY

Devon Lee Carbery

December 15, 1979July 13, 2019

Devon Lee Collver-Carbery went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, July 13, 2019 after a long, courageous battle against brain cancer. Devon was born on December 15, 1979 in Newton Memorial Hospital. Devon was surrounded by her loving family, closest friends and clergy at the time of her passing. Devon strived to live a life that exemplified her Christian beliefs. She was selfless, generous and caring. Devon was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church in Franklin, NJ for over 30 years. She was baptized, confirmed and married there. Recently, Devon and Her family began attending Sparta Evangelical Free Church in Sparta to take advantage of their excellent youth program. Throughout her life Devon was a natural in athletics and dance. She loved running, softball, dance, gymnastics and bowling. At the age of 5 Devon began dancing at Dance by Kempson and took ballet, tap and jazz. She left dance when she started playing softball, her best sport. She Varsity lettered at Sparta High School in 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Devon played softball for the Sparta Spirit AAU travel team and then the next year for the Skylanders AAU travel team, as one of only a few Juniors on the team. The highlight of the team’s season was to play in a National Tournament in Cocoa Beach, Florida against a championship team from Houston, Texas. The Skylanders emerged the Champions of the Tournament. She continued softball with the Sparta Women’s Softball League. Devon was an avid runner and liked to run in the 5K Turkey Trots in Sparta. In addition, she ran the Color Vibe 5K with her sister-in-law, Stephanie; the Tunnel to Tower run in New York City with her husband, Adam, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation run in Liberty State Park as well as several others.

Devon graduated from Sparta High School in 1998. In her Senior year of High School, Devon started dating Adam Carbery, the Captain of the Football Team, who grew to become the love of her life. They became inseparable and began planning their future together. Devon graduated from Caldwell College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and was hired by New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Company as a Claims Adjuster. At the time, Adam was attending the Police Academy and became a Sparta Police Officer in 2004. Prior to becoming a Police Officer Adam served in the United States Army, 10th Mountain Division. They married in the Franklin Presbyterian Church in Franklin in 2004 and eventually settled in their hometown of Sparta to raise a family. When Devon became pregnant with her first child, Ashley, she chose motherhood over her career and left NJM to raise her children. When her second child, Colin, was born Devon volunteered as a class mom and was always very involved in their day-to-day lives. When their second child Colin started school, Devon took a position at Alpine School in Sparta as an aide in a self-contained classroom. She loved the children she cared for and they loved her. She developed so many close relationships with her co-workers at the Alpine School.

Devon will be remembered for her love of life, beautiful smile, her contagious laugh, her thoughtfulness and her devotion to her friends and family. Devon only lived 39 years, but we feel so blessed to have had her as our daughter for those 39 years and to live directly across the street from her, especially during her illness. Sadly, the last 3 ½ years were consumed with her determination to win her battle against cancer. Regardless, Devon continued to try to live life to the fullest and spend quality time with Adam, her kids and her family and friends so that she would leave many memories to treasure including two trips to Disney and fulfilling a life-long dream to swim with the dolphins.

Devon leaves behind, her beloved husband, Adam, her two precious children, ten-year-old Ashley and “her little bud,” eight-year-old Colin, her brother, Michael and his wife, Stephanie, and her two beloved nieces, Sara and Caroline of Sparta. Her parents, Barbara and Charlie Collver also of Sparta. Her mother and father-in-law, Michael and Debra Carbery of Sparta; Sisters and Brothers-in-law, Renee and Mark Fitlin, Edwin, Alan and Marcia, Margaret and Melanie Carbery.

Mom and Dad would paraphrase a quote to Devon that we thought exemplified the way that she lived and battled her disease. The quote was one from Shakespeare and used in the Movie “Seabiscuit” “Though she may be small, she be fierce.” Until we meet again, Semper Fidelis, “Ballerina Girl.”

A “Celebration of Life” Service will be held for Devon at The Barn at Hillside Park in Andover, New Jersey, 146 Lake Iliff Road, Newton, NJ. on Sunday, August 4th at 2:00 pm. Please carpool if possible. A Christian Service will be held first with time for immediate family to share memories followed by a repast and a time for extended family and friends to share.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Christian Missionary and Alliance Church in Randolph, Sparta Evangelical Free Church in Sparta, The United Methodist Church in Branchville, Franklin or Ogdensberg Presbyterian Churches, Royal Family Ministries, Wayne, One-Way Ministries in Sparta.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, August 4, 2019

Memories

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Shari Botta

August 5, 2019

I had the pleasure of playing women's softball with Devon for a number of years. She was a great softball player & quick as lightening! More importantly I came to know her as a friend and saw the beautiful,kind person she was. Her passing is a tragic loss to so many. My heart and prayers go out to her beautiful family,her parents and close friends. Keep all the special memories close in your heart and her beautiful spirit will shine down.

Ada Sullivan

August 4, 2019

A kind and gentle soul has left this world, but your wonderful memories of her will live forever with you in your hearts and minds and lives. May she always look over you and protect you.

Meghan (Shugg) Johnson

July 23, 2019

Please accept my deepest condolences. I was so sorry to hear of Devon's passing. She was such a sweet girl and I will always remember her with a smile on her face. Adam, I'm so sorry for your deep lose. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kelly Fasulo

July 21, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Devon in 2012 when her daughter Ashley and our daughter Molly started Pre-K through the Sparta School system with Mrs. Abbate. Over the years our daughters played soccer and softball together and I always enjoyed seeing Devon at practices or games and sitting and talking with her. Devon was so proud of Adam, Ashley and Colin and talked about them all of the time. Devon coached Ashley's softball team and our daughter was fortunate to be on the team. Devon is a wonderful, sweet and amazing woman and will be missed by so many people. Our prayers and condolences to the entire family and my God Bless all of you. The Fasulo Family

Dori Fumosa

July 21, 2019

So sad to hear but I know she has her wings now. I will never forget all of the days we spent together in High School, her beautiful smile and laugh. My prayers and deepest condolences to her family.

Michelle Brennan

July 20, 2019

My first memory of Devon was at my sister Katie's 7th birthday party. What a happy, beautiful and fun girl she was! I got to know her over the years and was so excited to work with both Ashley and Colin in PreK. When we did not have a class mom, Devon volunteered right away and did such a fantastic job! When she told me that she was going to interview at Alpine, I was thrilled. I went right in and told my principal to hire her knowing that we would be extremely lucky to have her. (And we were very fortunate to have such a kind, sweet lady!) Devon always demonstrated what it is to be a great role model and mother. She exemplified what it is to be a pillar of strength for her children. Devon was a blessing to us all. Michelle Brennan-Abbate

Laurie Smuda

July 19, 2019

Honored and Proud to have gotten to know and work with Devon and I’ll treasure the memories of her in my heart always. God Bless you Adam, Ashley and Colin

Nicholas Dilworth

July 19, 2019

May God Bless the new angel heaven received. Adam please accept my deepest condolences.

Linda Dekmar

July 19, 2019

Devon Lee ...My Precious Niece. I will always treasure all the days spent together with you and Jenn growing up together. A lot of fun times! You took a piece of my 💕with you. Will stay in my heart forever. Be at peace, Pumpkin.😘😘😘😘

Lillian Lovaglio

July 19, 2019

Beautiful Devon,
Only knowing you through your mom and dad it was a pleasure hearing all about your life, your husband and children was a blessing.
Prayers going through this time and we will have another angel watching over your family.
Peace, Love and Blessings!
Lill and Tony ! ❤️

FROM THE FAMILY