Betty Devish

Theresa Elizabeth Ruth (Betty) Devish was born May 22, 1923. She was the sixth child of George and Theresa (Salzmann) Kenzy. She was born at the farm house near Iona, SD. Her brothers were Sam, Carl, Paul, Leo, and John. She attended school in the community, starting at Iona High school and later graduating from Gregory High School in 1940. She became certified teacher attending Springfield Teachers' College. Elizabeth Kenzy taught at the McKinley School near Iona in 1943. She lived with her parents behind the school, and would get there first to light the wood and coal burning stove. On August 25, 1950, she married Floyd Devish. To this union joined a son, Mark and a daughter, Mariann. In 1959, Betty cared for her parents in Gregory. Floyd owned the dry cleaners in Gregory until 1962. “Moving west”, they made their home in Winner SD, where Floyd ran the Pheasant Cleaners, and then Modern Cleaners. Betty taught second grade and later Title teaching at West Side Elementary. She spent summer attending USD in Vermillion, SD, and received her Master in Education. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, and later she treasurer for a retired Winner Teachers group in which Arvis Simkins and she manged together. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. When Floyd passed away in 1978 at age 52, she continued to teach until 1991. She enjoyed traveling to Sioux Falls to help with her grandchildren Michael and Nichole Devish. They loved grandmas mashed potatoes and pies! In 2002, along with her brother Paul from Idaho, Betty moved to Oacoma and Chamberlain, SD, to help with raising her grandson, Mattew and Marc Schwenk. They too loved grandma's cooking! She kept her home in Winner, traveling back and forth. Along with her friends and sisters-in-law, she would travel near and far; Betty never met a stranger. She also an avid reader, and enjoyed ordering many books, music tapes, and videos from Reader's Digest! In her earlier years, she loved to dance. She was a very kind and gentle soul, loved by her family, friends, cats, especially shadow and many former students. Betty continued to live to the present with her daughter and grandsons in Chamberlain, SD. Her health had declined previously at home, and continued to decline during a short respite care stay at the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home in White Lake, SD, upon her death on October 29, 2016. She had entered hospice care earlier in October. Betty is survived by her son Mark and wife Mary along with her daughter, Mariann Schwenk. Four grandchildren, Michael, Nichole, Matthew and Marc Schwenk. Along with six great grandchildren: Averi, Coale, Rylan, Alex, Zachary and Brooklyn Cody. She is also survived by two sisters-in- law, Pat Kenzy and Mary Jane Devish Kaplan and nephews George Kenzy and Roger Kenzy, and nieces Beverly, Patty and Michele, Theresa and Helen, and Matha, Joan, and Mourene. Preceding her death were her parents, husband, brothers and sister-inlaw, Emma Lou, Esther, Joy, and Jeanette, nephew Ralph Kenzy and niece Julie Cooley.

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