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March 6, 1935 - January 7, 2017 STILLWATER, Okla. - Mamie Devlin, 81, passed away Saturday morning, January 7, 2017, at her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 12, at St. John University Parish, 201 N. Knoblock, Stillwater. A rosary and wake for family and friends will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, at Strode Funeral Home Chapel, 610 S. Duncan Street, Stillwater.
Born Margaret Mary Bowe on March 6, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, Mamie was the daughter of Philip Steven Bowe and Margaret Mary (Kramer) Bowe. She was reared in Sterling, Colorado, with her three sisters. A graduate of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago's Mount St. Scholastica Academy in Canon City, Colorado, she earned a bachelor's in music education from Loretto Heights College in Denver.
On June 1, 1957, she married J. Paul Devlin at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Sterling. After spells in Manhattan, Kansas, and St. Paul, Minnesota, the couple settled in Stillwater where they reared three daughters and a son. At her death, Mamie had called Stillwater home for more than 50 years.
Through the years, Mamie worked as a substitute teacher in the Stillwater Public Schools, but was best known for her volunteer and leadership work with her local parish, Church Women United, Girls Scouts of the USA, Boy Scouts of America, and Oklahoma State University's Newcomer Club.
In 1981, she received the Person of the Year Award from the Stillwater Elks Lodge for her years of volunteer work in the community—from teaching Vietnamese refugees English to becoming a foster parent. A believer in the power of education, she was a frequent school volunteer, with one of her most cherished honors being Skyline Elementary School's declaration of a special Mame Devlin Day complete with a song with lyrics in her honor.
Known for her infectious laugh, made-from-scratch cooking and lovely alto singing voice, which graced her local church choirs for many years, she was at her happiest when out and about making the world a little better place. An avid reader and informed citizen, she was also known for her regular phone calls to keep friends and family abreast of the news and to bring cheer to those who were homebound, sick or alone.
Her family treasured her ability to find joy in the smallest moments of the day, especially in nature. In her later years, when ailments made it difficult for her to leave the house to canoe or hike or play tennis or garden as she had all her life, she enjoyed the daily drama of the cardinals, roadrunners, robins and wrens at the bird feeders outside her dining room window, what came to be known as "Grandma's Window."
We know her last day was a good one because there had been a snow that recalled her Colorado childhood, family had come by, she and Grandpa had had a nice meal and chat -- and the birds had made it safely back to the feeders.
Mamie is survived by her husband, Paul; sisters, Cecilia Kleinkauf and Phyllis (Bill) Foxhoven; her children, Jeanne Devlin of Oklahoma City, Bonnie Campis of Stillwater, Becky (Marlon) Mays of Burlington, Kentucky, and Matt (Erin) Devlin of Stillwater; and Aunt Doris Kramer.
Also, grandchildren Michael Hollman; Gabe and Maggie Campis; Lauren and Chelsea Mays; Simon, Isaac, Avari and Sophia Devlin.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister Teresa Daniels; grandson Max Hollman.
Flowers, of course, are welcome; in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Catholic Charities or the Girl Scouts.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
Published on January 9, 2017
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