OBITUARY: Rita Jean Devlin, 91

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Rita Jean Devlin, fondly known as “Jean” to her family and friends, age 91 of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 18, 2021.

Jean was born in Woburn, MA, on March 18, 1930; she was the dear only daughter to the late George and Ruth Justice. Jean, along with her brothers, were raised and educated in Woburn and she was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1947.

Jean moved to Wilmington in 1948 where she lived for a few years before relocating to Yarmouth and West Hyannisport. She returned to Wilmington in the early 1950’s where she raised her family and resided for the rest of her life.

Jean was very involved in her community; she was an active member of the Wilmington Congregational Church for many years, she volunteered at the Wilmington Health Center, and was instrumental in running the “Head Start” program for the young children of Wilmington. Jean was always very giving of her time and talents to help others; she was always kind and caring to everyone she met, especially children.

In her later years, Jean joined the North Congregational Church in North Woburn. She enjoyed attending services there, loved and enjoyed her minister, and made many good friends with her fellow parishioners.

Jean worked hard throughout her life; for more than 23 years she was the office manager/receptionist, at Dr. Stanley Filipek’s dental office in Wilmington Center. Jean met all her patients with a big smile; she was soft spoken and patient with clients. She put them at ease with their visits to the dentist and, if the truth be told, many of her patients went back just to visit her.

Jean married Vin Devlin in 1970 and the couple shared many wonderful times together with family and friends before Vin’s passing in 1993.

Jean’s family was her priority, she was a devoted and loving wife and mother. Her role as a beloved “Nana” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was her favorite. The kids loved to hang out at Nana’s house for sleep overs, crafts, games, cooking and holidays; they just adored their Nana, and she was always so proud of them and their accomplishments. Jean gladly attended countless sporting events, shows, school events, recitals, graduations, or anything her grandchildren were involved in; she was their biggest cheerleader. Jean looked forward to family vacations, gatherings and special events throughout the years; any reason to bring her family together was always a happy occasion.

In her early years, Jean enjoyed many camping trips with her family and, following her retirement, she loved to travel all over. Jean truly enjoyed seeing new places, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures.

Jean spent her life caring for others; if anyone needed her, she was right there to help. Over the years, Jean opened her heart, her home, and her holiday table to many friends, old and new. Jean spent many years taking care of her Aunt Elsie Ray; the two had a special bond and were more like sisters than aunt and niece. She took Elsie in to live with her at her home in Wilmington and at her place in Florida; she took exceptional care of her throughout the years; they were “two peas in a pod” and had many great times together.

In her spare time, Jean enjoyed knitting, playing competitive Rummikub with family and friends. She was also an avid reader.

Jean will be fondly remembered by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. She had an endearing personality, a warm smile and a keen and caring interest in others. Jean loved people. She was a thoughtful and dedicated friend and a wonderful conversationalist. She showered people with kindness and tokens of her affection, whether it be a hand-written card or her favorite chocolates.

Jean will forever be in the hearts of those she touched. Forever missed, forever loved.

Jean was the beloved wife of the late Vincent Devlin, devoted mother of David Olson & his wife Patty of Merrimack, NH, Nancy Yentile & her husband Thomas of Wilmington, Paul Olson & his wife Colleen of Milton, Stephen Olson & his wife Jean of Plymouth and Marcia Olson of Pompano Beach, FL. Loving Nana of Eric Olson & wife Susan, Skylah Pinet, Christopher Pinet & wife Mary, Justin Yentile & partner Tila, Julie Yentile & partner Sean, Haley Olson, Michaela Olson, Lauren Olson, Jill Rafter & husband Shaun, Emily Wright & husband Jared, Lynne Krzyzewski & husband Luke, John Robert Bayrouty & fiancée Rebecca, and great-grandchildren Isaiah, Isaac, Heath, Ashton, Finnegan, John and Elizabeth. Cherished daughter of the late George and Ruth (Burgess) Justice, dear sister of the late George Justice, Richard Justice and Norman Justice. Jean is also survived by her sister-in-law Jackie Justice, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, December 27th from 3:00- 7:00 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Jean’s life will take place at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 28th at 11:00 a.m. followed by her interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jean’s memory to the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn, MA or to the charity of your choice.

Due to the increase in cases of Covid and for everyone’s safety, the family requires that all wear a mask during Visiting Hours and Services.

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