Evelyn O. DeVita

Evelyn O. DeVita

June 06, 1918 - August 03, 2013

Evelyn O. DeVita

June 06, 1918 - August 03, 2013


Evelyn Oliver DeVita, 95, born June 6, 1918 in Greenwich, CT , died August 3, 2013 in Laguna Niguel, CA, in her own house, in her own bed.

Evelyn graduated from Greenwich High School and worked as the head bookkeeper for Electrolux in Greenwich. After marrying Leonard DeVita, this ‘Greenwich Girl’, moved to Stamford where she raised two daughters, traveled, cooked, read and shopped.

Evelyn served tiramisu long before it appeared on menus. A mystery lover, she loved nothing more than curling-up under her Greenwich Point blanket and reading a good crime caper. She counted Michael Connelly and Robert Parker as two of her favorites.

She urged her daughters to stay-up late to watch Double Indemnity with her. She was a Frank Sinatra Bobby-Soxer and Fan For Life.

A woman on the move, her husband remarked that Petrol was her favorite perfume, she and Leonard traveled the world together, China, India, Japan, Western and Eastern Europe, plus the Caribbean every winter–she was always packed and ready to go. Even in her 90s she’d fly out to DC to visit her nephew, Gary Oliver.

She saw Frank Sinatra at the Paramount, heard Marlon Brando yell ‘Stella’ on Broadway, chatted with Keith Richards on the beach in St Martin and died in her own bed in her own house. May we all be so lucky.

She will be remembered by her California and Connecticut friends as a woman with an adventurous spirit, a strong will, and an inquisitive mind. Think of her whenever you see a sale, take a trip, listen to Sinatra, sip a dry martini or read a good book

She is survived by her daughters, Michele DeVita Goodwin (David) and Lenore DeVita Miggins (Richard) of Los Angeles; her brother Alfred Oliver of Fort Lauderdale, FL; nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

A special thank you for their help, care, patience, and endurance to:
Jo Anne Say, Fatima and Neri, Vincent Carapia and family, and Dr Michael Moran.
A BIG thank you to Gary Oliver, nephew extraordinaire,traveling pal, and fellow bon vivant.

Evelyn requested donations to: The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

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  2. Michele and I were pals from second grade on, and Mrs. DeVita was always very kind to me, including me in things she would do with her girls, like going to the movies, or out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, and even a memorable trip to Washington, DC when Michele and I graduated from elementary school.

    Evelyn had a ton of joie de vivre and was comfortable in any situation, as far as I could tell. She was fun, unlike most of the mothers I knew at the time, and wasn’t the least bit scary. Somehow Evelyn even managed to convince my parents to enroll me in French lessons, piano lessons, and horseback riding lessons, as she had done with Michele and Lenore. She was, as Michele has often remarked, a force of nature. I’m glad I knew her, and I’m glad she got to know me, too.

    Farewell, Voyager! xoxox

  3. Dear Michele and Family,
    My sympathies to you and your family. Your mother had a wonderful life and your tribute to her was beautiful. You and I both were blessed to have vital mothers who lived into their nineties. What wonderful memories we have of the fun times, wisdom from their long life experiences, and their unquestioning love. Even though this is a difficult time, you may celebrate the many lives she touched and her enduring legacy which lives on in so many.

    Holly Thornton Altieri

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