Eleanor N DeVries

July 7, 1934February 16, 2014

Eleanor (Elnie) N. DeVries (nee Smith) passed away on February 16 in Evanston, IL at the age of 79. She is survived by her husband James H. DeVries, her brother, Dr. Charles C. Smith, her children Sara (George) Walker, James N. (Ann) DeVries, Peter DeVries, Adam (Ruth) DeVries and Mary (Michael) Caffrey and her ten grandchildren.

Eleanor graduated from the University of Colorado, Evanston School of Nursing and received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois Chicago. She worked as a nurse at Lake Forest Hospital and then was the Head of the Hospice Volunteer program. She was born in Green Bay, WI and lived in Winnetka, IL for 44 years. She was a loving wife, mother and friend and touched the lives of many people.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8th at 2:00 pm at the Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Winnetka Congregational Church or the Door County Land Trust or the Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Charles Van Eeckhout

September 30, 2014

It is sad to hear that Eleanor passed away as she was so delightful at the Cancer Wellness Center. She brought sunshine to everyone knitting on Monday mornings. May she Rest in Peace.
Audrey and Charlie Van Eeckhout

Annie Nowlin

June 25, 2014

Dear Jim, I was so saddened to hear of dear Elnie's death. She was forever a lover of life and fun and I'll hold on with fond memories our times in Sturgeon Bay and working with Elnie in hospice for so many years. She was so truly committed to her work and rarely have I seen someone who loved what she did so much and did it for love and joy. Elnie, may you rest in peace after giving so much to so many others, for so long and so lovingly!

Elizabeth Kretchmer

April 9, 2014

Dear DeVries Family,

I was so sad to learn of Mrs. DeVries' passing. Please know that my heart goes out to all of you during this very difficult time.

I remember Mrs. DeVries as a kind and loving neighbor when we all lived in the same neighborhood in Winnetka.

I'm thinking of all of you.


March 3, 2014

Dear Jim,
Dick and I were so saddened to hear of Elnie's death. She was a wonderful, bright spirit and brought joy and enjoyment to so many. We will miss her - and hope to see you in DC. We are now almost neighbors - living on Clark Lake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Annie and Dick Egan

Theresan Kaefer-Kelly

February 28, 2014

Dear Jim and family, I am grateful that I will be back in town for the that I can join all of you in your memories and good-byes to dear Elnie. My first and continuing memory of Elnie was at some Greeley function or other. Her smile lit up the room. She comforted our family after Paul died; she and Jim shared their beautiful and well loved Door County home for a family reunion place that first year without Paul. Our book group benefited from her love of a wide range of books that she shared with us. Your home was the beautiful gathering spot for our group's discussion. She loved your home on Willow. I miss her. Theresan


February 24, 2014

Extending my heartfelt condolences to the entire family for the passing of your beloved Elnie. She will be dearly missed. May the love of family, friends, and Gods promise to wipe every tear from your eyes carry you through this time of sorrow.

Mary & Don Brown

February 22, 2014

We were so sad to hear about Elnie's passing & will miss her. I'll never forget her kindness when I started working for Jim at the age of 18. She realized all my friends were away at college and made sure I met their neighbor's 'summer girl' who was working across the street, Sue Bowman. Don and I met through Sue, so thank you Elnie! She was always watching out for others. We have such nice memories, some of which are Ravinia on the hill by the tree, the Nutcracker at the Opera House (Mary's memory w/Adam in my lap) and our most recent one with our two grandchildren at your home. They loved those wooden toys and Elnie made sure they had plenty to eat! You've both shared in all our big events and we've enjoyed sharing some of yours. This photo is from Mary's retirement- 60th birthday party. That's how we'll remember Elnie, with that beautiful smile. It reflected her personality. Those memories will never go and we pray that your happy memories will sustain you as you deal with this sad loss. Love to all of you, Mary & Don

Denise Bowles

February 21, 2014

I will miss Elnie - she was a very kind, giving person. I always enjoyed seeing her when Marylyn and Jack Coons would visit from California or when we could "reunion" up in Door County. May you all be comforted by wonderful memories and her outstanding legacy.