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Frances Pearl DeVito

Frances Pearl DeVito, age 94, of Amarillo, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sept. 24, 2018. She was born July 25, 1924 in Vega, Texas to Charles and Elizabeth Slutz. Her husband, Nick, says, “I could not have married a better woman. She was the most wonderful wife!” Frances and Nick met at a USO dance in Amarillo in 1945 and soon thereafter started their 73 year marriage. She worked for Clowe and Cowan until Nick got out of the military. Frances then proudly became a “home engineer” to take care of their home and children. If there was a degree for that, she would’ve had a doctorate. She was the kind of neighbor anyone would want, always helping neighbors in need. The love of Christ was evident in how she took care of family and neighbors. Frances loved growing flowers, playing the piano, and singing in the church choir at San Jacinto United Methodist, where she was a member for 67 years.

Frances is survived by her husband, Nicholas(Nick)DeVito of Amarillo; son, Mark DeVito and wife Vicki of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Kathy Schweitzer of Bushland, TX; brother, Marvin Slutz and wife Clara of Vega, TX; sister, Jeanette Treadaway of Mineola, TX; 6 beloved grandchildren, Lydia Stokes, Andrew DeVito, Kate Maloney, James DeVito, Anna Nellikappalill, and Jacob Schweitzer; 10 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Pat Cassidy; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Louis DeVito; five brothers Melvin, Raymond, Carl, Glen, and Ralph Slutz; sister, Marie Loyd; and son-in-law Gary Schweitzer.

There will be a visitation Sunday Sept. 30, from 6-7 pm at Boxwell Brothers, 2800 Paramount.

Family graveside service is 10:00 am, Oct. 1 at Memorial Park Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 11:30 am at Covenant Fellowship Church, 8501 S. Coulter, with the Rev. Stephen Gaines officiating.

The family suggests memorials be to Covenant Fellowship Church or BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 5211 SW 9th, Ste. 100.

Special thanks go to Frances’ hospice nurse, Janna Colvin, and all the other hospice workers for their loving care.

Courtesy of Boxwell Brothers Funeral

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