Mary Ellen Phillips DeVane of Hendersonville, NC, departed this life on Thursday, April 17, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born November 28, 1942 in Opp, AL, she grew up in Alabama and lived in Cullowhee, NC and Coconut Creek, FL. She moved to Hendersonville, NC in August, 2006, after her retirement as the Assistant Director of Life-Long Learning-Professional Development at Florida Atlantic University. She was formerly married to James Ralph DeVane. Among Mary’s many accomplishments was obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in August of 2002 from Florida Atlantic University. Mary was an enthusiastic gardener. She also enjoyed decorating and took pleasure in cooking “sweets” for her children at family gatherings.