Tavie Nell Devnew
Tavie Nell Devnew, 71, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, followed her Lord, Jesus Christ, to eternal life with our Father in heaven Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, surrounded by her loving family.
Tavie was born on July 5, 1937, in San Antonio, the daughter of Albert Martin Jones and Velma Octavie Jones. She spent the early years of her life trave
ling the oil fields with her parents, as her father worked in many locations following the work of Texas oil fields in the 1930s and 40s. Tavie finished her teen years in Round Rock and went on to a life of many adventures and experiences.
In 1968, Tavie went to work For Brunswick Corp. and moved with the company in 1969 to Forth Worth, where she finished out her career with Brunswick, retiring in 1991. Tavie’s unfailing love of God, country and family were always her priorities in life and were evident to all who knew her, and there were many. Her love and devotion to her Lord, Jesus Christ, led her to Olive Place Baptist Church, where she was a member for several years. She served God and her church in many ways, always ready to work and serve in any capacity the Lord called her to. Her ministries were many as she ran the clothes closet at Olive Place, providing clothes to the needy and homeless. She worked the food pantry, keeping bags of food prepared to give out to all who came in need of food. She prepared the coffee every Sunday before services and Sunday school for all to enjoy. She always looked for ways to serve her God and church.
Tavie loved her country and proudly proclaimed how lucky she was to have been born an American. She loved and enjoyed her family with passion and devotion, organizing and leading family get-togethers, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas, her favorite time of year. Her trademark pecan tassies and cornbread dressing that she put such a loving touch to preparing will surely be missed, but not lost in the memories of all who enjoyed them. When Tavie wasn’t busy with church and other activities, she devotedly watched her favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers on her big screen TV in the comfort of her living room along with husband, John. She followed and rooted for them faithfully, and at times was a pretty good armchair manager. Tavie loved all her family with all her heart, but when she spoke of her great-grandson, a special twinkle would come to her eye, saying just how much she loved this special 10-year-old boy. He has a special place in his great-grandmother’s heart.
Tavie touched many lives during her life, blessing many as she reached out to them in the name of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, reflecting his light, giving them love and hope. Tavie will be missed.
Tavie is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, John A. Devnew; son, Steven Freydenfeldt and wife, Lyn; daughter, Theresa Schwab; stepdaughters, Toni Freer and husband, Robert, and Dolores Clark and husband, Mark; grandchildren, Stephen Freydenfeldt and Stephanie Freydenfeldt; great-grandson, Brandon Harvey; sister, Lea Crist; Nieces, Dian Crist and Janet Nizutani; and all of her church family at Olive Place Baptist Church.
A visitation with the family was held on Monday, Nov. 24, 20089, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Greenwood Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Olive Place Baptist Church, 3283 Olive Place, in Fort Worth. Graveside services were scheduled at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107 (817) 336-0584.