Geraldine Devereaux (Whelan)

Passed 07/07/2019

Obituary for Geraldine Devereaux (Whelan)

We, the family, are saddened to announce the passing of our wife/mother/grandmother, Geraldine (Whelan) Devereaux at the age of 71. She passed away in Halifax on July 7th, 2019 with her family by her side.

Geri was an intelligent, selfless and caring woman. She was a lifelong femininst and tireless advocate for women’s equality. She was the matriarch of her family; a loving wife, and a doting grandmother (she was usually found in the company of her grandchildren), a loyal sister, and a true friend. Geri was an avid traveller, a lover of books and relished a good chat about current events over a nice scotch.

Devastated and heartbroken by her loss after 50 years of marriage is her loving husband, Joe. She will be sadly missed by her children: Sarah (Jeff Spares) of Hammonds Plains, Geri-Lynn (Allan O´Driscoll) of Bay Bulls, and John (Nancy) of Bedford, her grandchildren: Nicholas, Emily, Kate, Jane, William, Erin and Faith, who were the light of her life.

Geri will also be dearly missed by her sisters, Iris (Patrick) Dalton of Colliers and Glenda (John) Cabot of Colliers, her aunt Helen (Terry) Boone as well as her close friends, Nancy and Al Green, Elaine Condon and Jocelyn Sirios.

Also leaving to mourn, brothers-in-law James (Florence), Frank (Barbara), Michael (Jean), Greg (Babe), sisters-in-law, Rita Fitzgerald, Teresa (Ray) Marburger, Rosella (Bill) Byrne, and Bernice (Edward) Dalton.

Geri will also be mourned by cherished nieces and nephews, and her numerous relatives and friends, especially those in the women’s community and her book club.

Geri was predeceased by her parents, John Aloysius and Molly Whelan, brothers, Gordon and Aiden, sisters, Georgina and Mary. Also predeceased by her mother-in-law, Sarah and father- in- law, Michael, sister-in-law, Mary Hawco, niece Alexandra Williams and brother-in-law, Emmanuel Devereaux.

Her Celebration of Life Visitation will take place on August 2nd, 2019 from 2 to 9 PM at Manuels River Interpretation Centre, Conception Bay South. Funeral mass will occur on August 3rd at St. Edward’s Church, Kelligrews at 10:30 AM. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Cara House in Gander (; it was a project that Geri helped initiate and remained close to her heart. To view the online memorial guest book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit

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To Joe, Sarah, Geri-Lyn, and John. To Iris and Glenda. Take a walk with your memories. Geri gave to world so much of herself. She had a vision and a desire to make a difference and boy, did she ever. Our family will be forever grateful for the time she spent with us and the love she gave us. She embraced us as families do. Your sorrow is our sorrow and our hearts ache for you. Remember the good times, the great laughs. Love to you all.
- The Boone Family
We’re thinking of you, Pappa Joe, and all your family today. Big hugs from Matt, Sarah and Eli.
- Matt Freeman
Joe and family, Geri's family, extended family and friends please accept my sincere condolence on your loss. Sending healing angels and lots of prayers to surround you during this most sad time. God bless.
- Rosemary Anthony
Joe and family, so very sorry to hear of Geri’s passing..our thoughts and prayers are with you at this Sad time. Rex and Lois Burton
- Lois Burton
Joe and family, We were so shocked and sad to hear about Geri’s passing. She was an interesting, caring, and compassionate person, and we have many fond memories of her. We send our deepest condolences at this very difficult time. Please know we’re thinking of you.
- Brock & Glenda
To Joe, family and extended families. Stella and I are shocked to hear of Geri’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Our memories go way back in Gander. Geri was a kind, gentle and unassuming woman. The universe is a little less kind without her. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May she Rest In Peace.
- Rivlyn Galway
Joe & Family We were deeply saddened to hear of Geri’s passing.Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Geri was a great person .May the wonderful memories of her give you all comfort & strength. Dave & Carmel
- David Galway
Dear Joe and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Geri was an amazing woman and will be missed by many. My heart and love go out to you.
- Sharon Desfosses
So sorry to hear of Geri's death. She achieved one of her desires, to see Kate graduate. Hugs and prayers to all the family members. Eva Mae
- Eva Mae Gray
I'm very sorry your loss. I was shocked and sadden to hear of Geraldine passing. I always enjoy my chats with her. She will be missed. Sending lots of love and prays to her family at this time.
- Candace Huntley
Joe, Sarah, Geri-Lynn, John and extended families; We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs.Devereaux. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Suzette Furey and Bob Butler
- Suzette Furey
Joe and families.,sorry to hear.Cherish those loving memories and stay well.
- Pat & Donna Kane
To Joe, Sarah, Geri-Lynn, John and family - My deepest condolences on Geri's passing. She was the personification of love and grace and never was that more apparent than in her relationship with you and your children. May you find comfort in her memory as you grieve her loss.
- Patti MacPherson
To Joe, Sarah, John and Geri-Lynn and families...very sorry to hear of Geri's passing....I have great memories of the happy times we had at your place in Gander...our world has lost a very kind, considerate, intelligent and caring person....she will be sadly missed....our deepest sympathy...Terry and Tush Noonan
- Terry Noonan
What a great gift it was to know Geri. We truly adored her. Sending you all lots and lots of love, Martha (Tobin), Mike (Devereaux), Meagan and Emma
- Martha Tobin
Joe, my sincerest condolences to you and your family at this time. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
- Lorne LeDrew
Geri will always have a place in my heart and impact on my life. I was fortunate enough to meet Geri while living in Gander. Together, with a fearful group of women, we started the first status of women counsel in the area, a women’s centre and forged forward to work towards and lobby for Cara House. Her wisdom and even temper were an asset to anything we tried to accomplish. I know she will greatly be missed by her love ones, but also her community and those people she helped have a better life. Sadly I am unable to attend her service as I will be in New Brunswick at my mothers memorial service, but I will be there in spirit. Rest in peace Geri.
- Crystal Eagan
Glenda, Iris, Joe and Families My condolences on the passing of Geri. I know how special and important family is to you Glenda. I sincerely feel my special friend Mary B has open arms awaiting go hug Geri. My blessings to all of you. Xo
- Rosina Jenkins
My sincere condolences to you all. I had the pleasure of meeting Gerry serval times I was her deceased sisters Mary’s friend.❤️
- Donna short
So sorry to hear of Geri's passing. With very fond memories of our days in Gander. Bob and Judy Byrne
- Bob Byrne
Joe so sad to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.
- Geoff Dawe
so very sorry for your loss iris rip
- donna mclean
To Joe and family, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Hopefully your many pleasant memories of Geri will bring you some comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
- Herb Pack
So sorry for your loss Joe and Family. Cherish your memories and may they give you peace during this difficult time.
- Mel Brace
I will miss our visits and sitting around the table with wine and great conversation. I so enjoyed all of our chats! My heart breaks for all of you. We are all thinking of you. Love Marybeth, Blair, Jenna & Samuel
- Marybeth
Iris, Glenda and family.... I am so sorry to hear the sad news about your sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
- Anne Marie Hynes
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Geri. She was such a kind and loving person. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all. Hugs from Pam, Mat, Carter & Ben
- Pam Murdock
So sorry for your loss. Thinking about your family throughout this difficult time.
- Brady Turner

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