Friday, April 23, 2010

Funeral Card Friday: Millard DeVRIES

Funeral card of Millard DeVries, Grand Rapids, Michigan, citing services on 14 February 1957; DeVries Family Papers, digitized and privately held by Miriam Robbins Midkiff, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Spokane, Washington. This item was passed from the estate of Adrian and Ruth (Hoekstra) DeVries to their granddaughter, Miriam Robbins Midkiff in 2008.

Millard "Uncle Mel" DeVRIES died in a tragic auto accident while vacationing in Vera Cruz, Mexico. He was the second of the five children of George and Josephine (BUSH) DeVRIES, and the sibling just older than my (step) grandfather, Adrian DeVRIES. He was the only DeVRIES child in this family group to have never married or have children, and worked as a jeweler and watchmaker in Denver, Colorado for 20 years prior to his death. His body was returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan to be buried in the family plot in Garfield Park Cemetery in nearby Paris Township.

Thanks to Dee Akard Welborn for this great Friday theme!

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