Judith May DeVellis
1930 ∼ 2021
Richard & Elvira O’Connor of Dracut,MA wrote:
She was my cousin an the most wonderful person you could ever meet. We were more like sisters an I love her with all my heart. Will miss her dearly.
maureen barry of reasing wrote:
to all of Judy's family and friends always ewmember all the memories Judys warm friendly personality.Judy is always going to be remembered by all.
Richard DeVellis of Massachusetts wrote:
Judy’s father Francis J. DeWolfe (alias Frankie Ryan) born, November 3 1905, was a professional boxer during the “Roaring 20’s. He amassed an impressive record of 33 victories and 6 defeats. At the twilight of his career Francis married Miss Mae Hesketh, the former “Miss Cambridge.” Newspapers back in the day referred to the union as “ The Beauty and The Boxer.” Soon after they wed Francis hung up his gloves and pursued a career in the insurance business, as well as serving as Financial Secretary of the V.B.A. On October 8th 1930 Frank and Mae gave birth to their only child Judith. Twenty one years later Judy wed the love of her life, Gennaro Frank DeVellis. Gennaro, the first born of Salvatore and Florence commented on his 1946 Somerville High School yearbook picture / bio that his favorite hobby was “eating”. A marriage made in heaven for sure. It just a few years for Judy’s culinary expertise to catch up. In her own words, “ When your father and I got married I couldn’t even boil an egg”. It is said in life “adapt or perish”. Judy took it one step further and flourished. As time moved along under the tutelage of her mother-in-law Florence, Judy was indoctrinated to the Italian way of life so to speak. Cooking, cleaning, raising sons and loving her soul mate were part of the daily routine. Every Sunday mom prepared the gravy (secret spices and then some), meatballs and macaroni for our family dinner. Monday through Friday, father would came home to her loving arms and a delicious supper. During,1958,1959 and 1960 mom connected with Catholic Charities, serving as a surrogate mother for infants that were given up for adoption. She lovingly cared for them until they were adopted. Family first was her creed. As a caregiver she met all our needs and then some. She put bandaids on our cuts, ice on our bumps, soothed our physical and emotional bruises with love and wisdom. During our elementary school years our homemade lunch was the envy of our friends. Hot summer days in the city of Somerville were cooled down by trips to the beach, park and playground. When it came to discipline our mother did not shy away from dishing out well deserved consequences to those in need. Mom would often comment “this is going to hurt me, more than it will you.” It wasn’t until I became a parent that I understood what she meant. As our family expanded mom loved and cherished our brides like her own offspring. Grandchildren were worshiped in her eyes and caressed in love. If you wanted to make my mother smile from ear to ear all you had to do was mention their name. The refrigerator to this day is adorned with their pictures. Over the course of her life Judy had a plethora of friends. Most of which commented that she was like a sister. One particular sister in law became a female confidant like no other. Their bond over time blossomed into a relationship that bound them for life. A true sister like no other. Judy loved to engage in conversation with friends, whether on the phone or in person. She was a good listener, had a great sense of humor and was the most thoughtful, kind person many have ever met.
Dana DeVellis of Point Pleasant, NJ wrote:
I will always treasure the times we spent together. The great stories she told and the laughs we shared. I am a better person for knowing Aunt Judy. The kind soul will be remembered by many generations
Lisa DeVellis of Poulsbo, WA wrote:
Grandma was more than a grandmother to me; she was more like a mother and also my best friend. I always felt like she might understand me better than anyone else. If I ever felt sad or worried a phone call with her put me at ease. "Everything will be okay" was something she often said to me. Not a visit would go by without grandma making me and everyone else laugh. Her cooking was the best meals I've ever eaten to this day. Loving, funny, kind, talkative, caring, empathetic, smart, intuitive, strong. Grandma was all of these things and more. Not a day will go by for the rest of my life without missing her. But I am forever grateful for having had her in my life. I love you and I miss you Grandma.
Amanda Baptiste (DeVellis) of Plymouth, MA wrote:
My grandmother, where do I even begin?! Growing up, I looked forward to summer days spent at the beach with her and the family. She always made the best sandwiches and never forgot the pickles. Sleepovers at the house on Sleepy Hollow Lane with Raggedy Ann & Andy and the miles of undiscovered wood in her backyard. She introduced me to James Patterson early on, even let me borrow a few books. I have her to thank for my love of reading, having read almost every one of his novels and more. Not to mention my borderline ODC tendencies when it comes to organizing. She was just as meticulous as I and she understood me so well. Every utensil in the kitchen has a purpose and closets are arranged by color. Even as a vegan she taught me how to make the most delicious meatballs, so I’m told. She helped me bake fudge to impress a guy, which worked because he married me. If any single ladies need the recipe, let me know! The connection I felt with her is like no other and she will always have a special place in my heart. It’s hard to say goodbye, I miss her. But I’m grateful for the time I had with her and will remember her always. I love you grandma.
Marianne Devellis of Danville wrote:
I was blessed to have Judy for 30 years in my life. We laughed often. When I think of Judy, I picture her dancing and singing with her dog. Such a happy person. She loved to talk with everyone. She treasured her family. She will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.❤️
Mark Heyd of Sandwich wrote:
Frank, I am so sorry for your loss. Judy was such a kind lady and will be greatly missed. Please let me know if i can do anything for you. Mark
Andrew DeVellis of Barnstable, MA wrote:
Grandma! It has taken a bit of time for me to write here as I tend to think deeply and overthink at times. You knew that about me. You knew me and all of us so well, and you always knew the best things to say. You understood where I was in life and how it will work out. Growing up I remember how special and cool it was to be at grandma and grandpas and stay overnight when my parents went away. Breakfast cereal at your house was just more special and better than anywhere else. Slicing up bananas, adding sugar, and sometimes syrup with Cheerios. You gave so much love, warmth, thought and care into everything you did. Every time I saw you I always felt immediately loved, and at home away from home. It was you’re pure, loving, big beautiful smile along with a warm, full hug and a kiss on the cheek that immediately brightened my day. I am able to see that smile and you’re eyes lighting up when I think of you now. And you’re cooking! I’ve never had pasta nearly comparable to yours, and never will. Every holiday was special beyond belief and I feel so lucky for the everlasting memories created from the warm atmosphere you provided, year after year. Thanks grandma for everything, you will be sorely missed by all of us and live on in all of our hearts. I am really proud to be your grandson.