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Devon Frances Williams

Devon Frances Williams

20th July 1955 - 4th August 2021


Devon passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family after a long illness.


We would like to thank Dr Kirby Jefferies and Yvonne and her nurses from District Nursing

for their wonderful care of Devon.


A funeral service will be held for Devon on Monday 16th August at 2.00pm. 

Due to the current covid restrictions, the service will be private and attendance is by invitation only.


You may however like to join us via the livestream for Devon’s service and following burial

to celebrate the beautiful life of an exceptionally kind lady.

To do this please return to the home page of this website and click on the livestream button.  

The chapel service will be live approximately 5-10 minutes prior to 2.00pm

and the burial service should be live around 3.45pm.

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42 responses to “Devon Frances Williams”

  1. Alan says:

    My loving wife, always strong and courageous, an inspiration to be with.
    My strength and companion for 50 years, joined together by God.
    Until we meet again, Alan.

  2. Tully says:

    Mum you were always so supportive, thoughtful, and encouraging. Such a wonderful mother, a wonderful example of unfaltering faith to follow, truly inspiring. The world is a much poorer place without you, but you’ve left your mark on so many people in so many amazing ways. You’ve run your race, we have your example to follow in running ours. This life is only the beginning, so much better things to follow – an eternity of happiness without any pain or suffering. Mum, I’m going to miss you enormously, it will seem such a long wait until we can meet and hug again. Love you, Tully.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful Devon, I can’t believe you are not here. I will miss your wise words, your gracious love and friendship. Close your eyes for but a moment sweet girl and when they open I hope to see you again, Bonnie.

  4. Riah says:

    Mum was the epitome of treating everyone with respect, dignity and kindness. Going the extra mile for all who were lucky enough to be within the incredibly wide range of her love. Mum, your generous spirit will live on in those to follow. Love you Riah.

  5. Sari says:

    My beautiful Mum, you have and always will be my inspiration. The most loving lady I have ever known.
    I have been so incredibly blessed to have had the honour of being your daughter. I will cherish my many happy memories of our times together of you teaching me piano, crafts and gardening, and your wonderful support, and hugs!
    You always had the right wise advice to impart onto me and always no matter what, your kind listening ear always available.
    Your love, generosity, kindness and deep faith will be my guiding light for the rest of my life. Words can’t express you, or how much I will miss you. I will treasure your memory always. Love you forever, your Saz (Sari).

  6. Ebon says:

    The Mother-in-law everyone wished they had. A pure embodiment of love and kindness. Destined to share company with the Angels.
    ‘Til next we meet, Ebon.

  7. Josh says:

    Mum – You were the best example of how to treat everyone, there was never any judgement, just compassion. You taught me so much. I’ll miss you forever, especially your hugs. Love Josh xoxo

  8. Kylie says:

    Devon was a caring and beautiful person who always made us feel welcome and a part of the family. She always remembered the little things you would tell her and ask you about them in your next conversation which made you know she genuinely cared. We are so blessed to have had you in our lives. Kylie, Maegan, Hayley, Joseph and Elijah

  9. Zed says:

    Granny, I loved you sooo much. I admired your kindness towards us all and I especially loved the times we would go yabbying together or metal detecting. I will always remember you for the time when I was young when you made a bow with me out of the apricot cuttings. I also loved your art that you always did with me, especially your water colours. Your delicious soup always cheered me up. You will always be in my heart forever. Love Zed.

  10. Sharni-Q says:

    Granny, I loved cooking with you and our many trips to the newsagents. Even though you’re not my Great Grandma, you were my GREAT Granny. I miss and love you, Sharni-Q

  11. Teija says:

    Granny, you were always kind, and also very loving. You always got toys out for us. You always gave us second helpings of whatever meal! Love Teija xxoo

  12. Jaantje says:

    Dear Granny, I loved how you always went out in the garden with us, gave us more food after morning tea, played games with us and took us out to see the violinist busker. I love you heaps and HEAPS. Love JJ (Jaantje)

  13. Nancy and Ray Williams says:

    Devon has left a legacy of love, courage, faith and giving, which is reflected in her family.
    Our love to you all. What a privilege it has been knowing her. Nancy and Ray

  14. Paul Leeder says:

    My beautiful sister, ever smiling, ever cheerful. Always thinking of others before yourself. We had some fun together as kids and shared some good times as young adults. We raised our kids in different parts of the country but we kept them focused on the importance of the extended family. You cared for our Mum selflessly and never complained, even as the going got tougher. You were an inspiration, as you shall be again in the life to come. We will meet again, in the blinking of an eye…
    – Paul

  15. Heather Morrison says:

    Devon was indeed the most gentle, kind, and good woman I have ever known.
    Devon was James’s wonderful school aid, who looked after him as if he was her own child.
    She was always considerate and loving, such a great comfort to us, to know that James was in such good hands.
    She will be remembered with the greatest love & affection.
    – Heather, James & David.

  16. Helen Vickery says:

    I was blessed to have a loving, gentle, caring friend and cousin in Devon.
    A shared lifetime of cherished memories over the years.
    It was a privilege to be part of her life and she has left behind an eternally beautiful image.
    I will miss you.
    Love Helen

  17. Ewan Vickery says:

    A true lady, wonderful friend and dear cousin of Helen.
    Will be greatly missed.
    – Ewan

  18. Joan Ritter and family says:

    Loved niece of Joan and Russell (deceased) and special cousin of Larry, Carl and Darryl (deceased).
    Rest peacefully dear Devon.
    You were a joy to know.

  19. Bev & Terry Mc Gee says:

    Devon, You will be sadly missed.
    I still remember the first time I met you and thought how beautiful you were and a perfect fit for Laurie (Alan) our brother.
    I’m glad we got to see you recently and only wished we could have seen you more.
    Love you heaps, R.I.P. DEVON XXX

  20. Natalie xo says:

    Devon was a gift to have been in the presence of.
    I am so grateful for the time I spent with her.
    Her relaxed, caring, genuine and loving soul will be missed.
    You understood me.
    I will miss you, until we see each other again.
    – Natalie xoxo

  21. Elwyn McDonald says:

    What a wonderful example of a truly Christian woman Devon was.
    She lived her beliefs, giving love and serving her family and friends alike.
    She didn’t focus on her own trials, she was concerned about how others were managing in their difficult times. Such a humble, gracious lady.
    She is resting now, finally at peace, no more suffering, to awaken in the future to a new life with her God and loved ones.
    I will always cherish her love and caring friendship.
    – Elwyn

  22. Sharon Ettwell says:

    Devon, a truly gentle soul and much loved cousin.
    Rest peacefully lovely lady.
    Our deepest sympathy to Alan and all the family.
    – Sharon and Wayne

  23. Lyn Bradley says:

    Devon was a lovely, gentle lady who always had kind words for everyone.
    A loving addition to our family.
    At peace now.
    We are thinking of the Williams family at this time.
    Lyn & Michelle, Darren, Leanne & families. Xxx

  24. Rosemary Gubbels says:

    Devon was a beautiful soul. Love and compassion was her very nature.
    Always there for others without a thought for her own needs.
    I had the pleasure of working with Devon and I saw the dedication and commitment she brought to every task.
    She was a great support to me during my illness despite being unwell herself.
    Rest in peace my dear friend.
    You will be sadly missed. – Rosemary

  25. Heather Leeder says:

    Devon was my sister in law and I have never met a kinder, gentler, more honourable woman.
    She was much loved and has touched the hearts of many people and will be sorely missed.
    – Heather

    These are a few Bible versus that bring to my mind the Devon that I knew.
    Proverbs 31:
    10 A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
    11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
    12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
    17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
    20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
    25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
    26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
    29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
    30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised

    Rest in God’s peace until we meet again.

  26. Sally Foster says:

    Aunty Devon was the kindest of people. She would always have a welcoming smile, hug and “how are you Sal?”, no matter how long since we’d seen each other. You always felt that you mattered and were truly ‘seen’ by Aunty Devon. She always remembered gifts for the children when we saw her – lovely verses, bible activities, stories. Her generosity, fairness, compassion, kindness and happy smile will be remembered and my memories of her treasured. We are all saddened and shocked that such a beautiful person has left this life. Our love and prayers go out to Uncle Alan, Tully, Riah, Sari, Josh and their families.
    – Sally, David, Sarah, Tobias, Elijah and Abigail

  27. Narelle Thomason says:

    My beautiful friend Devon.
    One of the best friends you could ever have.
    I was privileged to have worked with Devon and been her friend ever since.
    Devon was truly one of the kindest people I have ever met.
    I will miss our catch ups and the love, laughter and care we shared.
    Devon loved her family so much.
    She would always tell me what everyone was doing and how the grandchildren were going. She adored you all.
    She was so grateful for your gentle care Alan.
    Having Devon in your life was like a sweet ray of sunshine, spreading her warmth and love.
    Love you dearly always.
    – Narelle xx

  28. Mardi says:

    My beautiful sister Devon was an angel, she was so loving and generous at heart.
    I couldn’t have had a better sister and friend.
    She always helped me out with some good advice as kids and in adult life.
    Devon was amazing.
    I’ll miss you so much my beautiful sister.
    Rest In Peace
    I’ll always love you.
    Mardi xx❤❤

  29. Jesse Leeder says:

    It was a privilege being a nephew of my Aunty Devon.
    I have many special memories of visiting my cousins at their farm in Harcourt where Aunty Devon would always welcome us with a smile and generously look after us.
    She always took an interest in my life and I’m grateful I had the chance to introduce her to my own family.
    She will be missed.
    – Jesse, Teresa and Axil

  30. Julie Barnett says:

    You couldn’t wish for a more selflessly loving, encouraging friend!
    Devon was a truly beautiful lady, always seeing blessings she could thank God for, and showing inspiring courage, strength and faith.
    I will always treasure her warm and loving friendship.
    – Julie Barnett

  31. Katherine says:

    Thank you Devon for your kindness, care and love throughout the years.
    I love that your amazing qualities are reflected there in your family, and that your happiness, humour, strength and ultimate caring nature will continue on with them.
    So many cherished memories that I will always hold dear.
    – Katherine

  32. Emily Harrison says:

    I will always remember how kind, generous and calm Auntie Devon was, no matter what the situation.
    She was an inspiration, and someone I will always look up to.
    – Emily

  33. Anonymous says:

    Our dear gentle, caring friend Devon so many tributes so many kind words what more is there to say.
    You were quiet, compassionate, loving and thoughtful to mention but a few qualities.
    Our catch ups are missing yet another link in the chain.
    Thank you for caring in times of need, thank you for that extra mile that you always seemed able to give, thank you for many years of friendship.
    Say hello to Jane for us, love you.
    – Maurise and Liz

  34. Imrahil says:

    Auntie Devon,
    I will always cherish the summer school holidays, and times since, I have spent with you and your family.
    Thank you for always being there for myself and mum.
    And thank you for introducing me to ‘Quick” flavored milk way back in King Lake, well before mum would have, marvelous.
    I miss you.
    Love always, Imrahil

  35. Anne (Ladson) Macartney says:

    Devon & Anne,

    A long standing friendship of sixty two years has come to an end, but never gone from my heart. Met as four year olds in Gosford Crescent. Both families getting together at Kinglake.
    Later on in life Devon and I met in Woodend. I will miss Devon’s warm smile and hug at our greeting each other at the first cafe. Morning tea, lots of news to catch up on. Next cafe, lunch then onto third stop, afternoon tea. We laughed lots, we cried at least once during those days. Devon changed town to meet up to Macedon one year. After a time we couldn’t find each other, a phone call and we both realised I was in Mansfield. So not to entirely waste our day and help alleviate our disappointment we did a one stop cafe lunch while talking to each other.
    Driving home that Autumn afternoon I reflected on what another great day we had spent together, and now acknowledging how lucky I was to have found such a warm, thoughtful, special friend as Devon in my life.

    Love and miss you always Devon.

    Condolences to Alan, Tully, Riah & Joshua & Families. Paul & Mardi & Family. Love Anne and Family
    – Anne (Ladson) Macartney

  36. Diane Kane says:

    Dear Laurie and family,

    We will remember Devon as a gentle, kind and loving soul and have fond memories of our time visiting at ‘Spring Bank’ in Harcourt North.
    Devin clearly touched a lot of hearts and will always stay in our thoughts.
    Have comfort thinking of all the special times you shared together and she will always be with you and a part of you.
    All our love and thoughts during this sad time, Laurie, Tully, Riah, Sari, Joshua and families.

    Love Diane, Michael, Kirsten, Tagen, Sorcha, Tarmi and Paul xo

  37. Alan and Philippa Sweeney says:

    Our sincere condolences to Laurie and family on the passing of Devon.
    Devon was a gentle soul who will be missed by her close family and all who have known her.
    Rest now.
    – Phillipa and Alan Sweeney

  38. Annie Lucas says:

    I will be forever grateful for having known Devon while growing up in Kinglake West and being friends with Sari.
    My memories of you are so warm and welcoming, I was lucky enough to have piano lessons with Devon and have such fond memories of them.
    Sending you all my deepest condolences during this difficult time.
    Thinking of you Sari.
    – Annie xo

  39. Mum says:

    There will never be another good person like Devon.
    She is in a good place with God and we will all meet up again.
    I look forward to all being together again.
    She was always a beautiful person, as everybody says.
    Your grateful Mum.

  40. Jim Young says:

    I had the honour of supervising Devon during her time in the Social Work department at Bendigo Health. I will remember Devon for her compassionate approach to patients and their families. Devon was passionate about social justice for patients and would go the extra mile in advocating for their needs.
    Devon was a quite achiever and her spirituality shone through in her respectful interactions with staff and families. The social work team were close, and Devon was a member of a small group of staff who continued to meet and support each other after leaving Bendigo Health. I had several conversations with Devon during the last part of her illness and was impressed with her quite but strong faith and trust in Jesus.
    I will treasure those spiritual talks and look forward to seeing Devon again when Jesus the life giver calls us forth at the resurrection.
    You will be greatly missed but never forgotten by all who knew you.
    A beautiful lady, rest in peace dear friend.
    – Jim Young.

  41. Lorraine Couch says:

    So very sad to hear of Devons passing
    I have so many fond childhood memories of happy times at the Leeder household in Broadmeadows.
    Devon was always sweet and gentle.
    Sleep peacefully.
    Love Lorraine Couch (nee Harbrow) and all the Harbrow family

  42. Anne (nee Ladson) Macartney says:

    Dear Sari,
    Sincere apologies for omitting your name from my love to my friend Devon’s four children.
    You have never been out of my thoughts.
    Love Anne X

Funeral Details

16th August 2021 at 2:00 PM