Helen DeVos, a humanitarian who upheld a accumulation of Christian and regressive causes, died Wednesday, Oct. 19. She was 90.
A matter expelled by the family said, “While we suffer her passing, we glory in her new life in sky and are beholden for the large ways she sanctified the lives. We are comforted in meaningful that she was welcomed home into the amatory arms of Jesus.”
Helen DeVos was the wife of Rich DeVos, one of the founders of the Amway Corporation. Among the many causes she and her husband upheld were harmony orchestras. She was a major donor to her hometown orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and she served many years on the organization’s house of directors. According to Grand Rapids radio hire WZZM, “She also was an titular house member for the League of American Orchestras in New York City, for which she served as a house member from 1982-1992, as clamp authority of the executive house from 1985-1992 and authority of the nominating cabinet from 1989-1991.”
She also contributed heavily to Christian colleges and universities. Colleges that benefited from her gifts enclosed Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Lee University in Tennessee, and The King’s College in New York City.
Helen DeVos, like the whole DeVos family, was active in regressive causes and Republican politics. She upheld many regressive organizations, including The Heritage Foundation, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the National Review Institute. She was the mother-in-law of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Dr. Gregory Thornbury, boss of The King’s College, pronounced in an e-mail to the Colson Center, “Helen DeVos characterized the fruits of the Spirit in a way that spurred on all those who surrounded her to be some-more like Jesus. A clinging tyro of the Scriptures, she shone with the light of God’s love—a light reflected in her kindness, generosity, wisdom, and intelligence. She will be severely missed.”
DeVos is survived by her husband Rich, to whom she had been married for some-more than 60 years. She also leaves behind 4 children, 16 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
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