World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy from Deane Devar's widow Loraine)
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lundy:
Please forgive me for not writing sooner. There never seems to be enough hours in a day to do everything. I want to tell you a little about Deane and me.
We met in Houston 1965. Married in 1967. He had a son by a previous marriage. I had four children. He worked at the ship channel on the dock loading and unloading freight. Later went to work for a friend, Judge Nancy Westerfeld. Meantime, I opened a shop. It became more than I could handle. He quit his job and we rant he shop together. Finally worked up to be six of us working.
Deane had a fatal heart attack in February of 1979, just five days after his 55th birthday. My family and I were devastated. Deane was one of the kindest people I have ever known.
His son died in an accidental death, four years after Deane. My son (35) his son (8) and grandson both passed. Illness. Life has not been kind in that way. I have three daughters. Very kind, loving children. I'm very proud of them.
I now live in the small town of Holletsville, and have a shop again; antiques, new furniture and some just furniture, glassware, etc.
Between my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren visiting, running the shop, I stay pretty busy.
I live in the country. Keep a watch on the cattle. Fight off chicken hawks. If you can feature a 71-year young woman running out with a shotgun to scare them off, that's me! All I can do is scare them. But for a few days they leave my chickens alone. Illegal to kill them.
Mr. Lundy, I have no idea of the whereabouts of Iris Wyer.
Deane spoke of the crew he was with but it's been a long time. I'm sorry, wish I could help.
Please give the French military folks my best regards. I know Deane would be proud to know about what they are doing. I'm proud, too. Thank them for me. Please write and let me know about your trip when you folks get home. I would appreciate it.