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In Memory of

Maybell Ann Devoe

September 14, 1931 - November 27, 2016

Obituary


On November 27, 2016, Maybell Woods Devoe died peacefully at her residence in Houston, Texas. She was 85. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Maybell relocated to Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city she loved.

Born on September 14, 1931, to Harry W. Woods, Sr. and Hilda Bacchus Woods, she was the second of seven children. Maybell was educated was educated in the New Orleans Public School system. It was there that she developed a love of reading that lasted her lifetime. In high school, she decided to become a nurse....

On November 27, 2016, Maybell Woods Devoe died peacefully at her residence in Houston, Texas. She was 85. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Maybell relocated to Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city she loved.

Born on September 14, 1931, to Harry W. Woods, Sr. and Hilda Bacchus Woods, she was the second of seven children. Maybell was educated was educated in the New Orleans Public School system. It was there that she developed a love of reading that lasted her lifetime. In high school, she decided to become a nurse.

After graduating high school, she met and was married to William F. Devoe for 26 years, until his death in 1978. Their union produced two children: William F. Devoe and Wilma A. Devoe.

While her children grew Maybell planned her journey to become a nurse. In the 1960's she was accepted into and completed a nursing assistant's class at the now defunct Southern Baptist Hospital. Hers was the first class African American to be trained and employed by the hospital as nurse's aides. In 1973, she left Baptist Hospital after she was accepted into and completed the New Orleans Parish Public Schools vocational nursing program. Once acquiring her nursing license, she returned to Baptist Hospital and worked there for several years. She later diversified her skillset by working in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. She finally retired from the state of Louisiana's Tumor Registry program, collecting cancer statistics throughout the state. Maybell spent her retirement reading, attending concerts and plays, and caring for friends and family.

Maybell appreciated and valued life. She leaves to celebrate and value her memory: daughter, Wilma A. Devoe of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, LaKuenya Devoe-Harvey (Eddie) of New Orleans, Louisiana; great granddaughter, Kayla M. Caldwell of New Orleans, Louisiana; sister, Lula W. Minor, Oakland, California; and brother, Herman A. Woods (Pearl) Laplace, Louisiana; granddaughter, Robin W. Weston (Sebastian); aunts, Mary E. Terrence, of New Orleans, Louisiana and Erna Gaspard of Palmdale, California; sister-in-law, Alice M. Woods, of McComb, MS; and best friends, Margie Lawrence and Audrey Johnson.

She is predeceased by her husband, her son, her parents, brothers: Harry Woods, Jr, Joseph Woods, Clifford Woodlands; and sister Hilda Woods, Jordan.
The family of Maybell Woods Devoe thanks Dr. Dan Lotan and staff of Intercede Health Clinic and the therapy and hospice teams from Encompass Home Health Agency. Special thanks to her Earthy Angels who provided with care, fellowship, and good humor.