Joan (Gott) DeVellis,76, of Marstons Mills, a Christian, went home to the Lord and her beloved husband John on September 9, 2017. She died of lung cancer at her Cape Cod home in Marstons Mills.
She leaves her only family of cherished cats Zippy & Louie, faithful dogs Sweetie & Kane whom she loved walking in the Conservation area off Crooked Path.
Joan was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1941. She graduated from Redford High School and went on to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo graduating in 3-1/2 years with a degree in elementary education. She moved to California where she taught in the elementary grades in Menlo Park where she became involved with Dyslexic children through training with Beth Slingerland and her program for identifying and teaching these bright, often overlooked and misunderstood children. Her advanced training brought her to Boston where she worked for Mr. Robert G. Hall of the Manter Hall School (Cambridge and Osterville) and founder of Educators Publishing Service. In addition to teaching dyslexic students, she trained teachers and lectured throughout the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.
In 1980 she met John DeVellis. It was love at first sight, they were married one year to the day. Her enduring love for John lasted 27 years until his tragic death after a courageous battle with cancer which ended March 31, 2008.
Joan loved the Red Sox and Patriots and watched all their games.
She loved living on Cape Cod - especially going to Sampson's Island in Osterville and Long Beach in Centerville with her dog, Layla. She was happiest outdoors working in the beautiful gardens she created around her home on Little Pond. She loved showing them to those who came to her yard sales, and always was sure to give the glory to God. Another love was her everyday walk with her dog Layla. Joan also loved to be home and hated going over the bridge. She loved cooking, canning in the Fall, and sharing her soups and dishes with friends. She especially loved being home with her dogs and cats, caring for her wonderful flower gardens and decorating her home with antique and “funky” yard and estate sale treasures.
Joan was thankful for her wonderful friends whom she came to know and love over the years.
A Graveside service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, September 17th in Marstons Mills Cemetery, Route 149, Marstons Mills, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donate to VNA Hospice of Hyannis.