Obituary: Leona DeVries


December 3, 1926 – February 28, 2022

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Leona DeVriesLeona “Dolly” DeVries, nee, Ebbens, age 95, of St. John, IN formerly of Lansing, IL, went home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, February 28, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Gerrit R. DeVries. Loving mother of Judith (Stan) Feekes, Gerrit H. (Dianne) DeVries and Robert (Sandra) DeVries. Beloved and devoted grandmother of Jonathan (Heather) Feekes, Jennifer (Brian) Dudzik, Joel (Amy) Feekes, Ryan (Jennifer) DeVries, Samantha (Mario) Ortiz and Cassandra (Andrew) Siersema and great-grandmother of Jane, Tess, Jocelyn, Grant, late Anna, Ellie, Isabella, Lucy, Joseph, Ethan, Elena, Noah, Jack, and Emma. She is survived by a sister, Clara DeVries and a sister-in-law Tracy (late Richard) Heemstra. Leona was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Mary Ebbens, and by 12 of her siblings.

Her sweet demeanor and dolly looks gave way to her nickname that she adorned for years. She supported her husband as a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother. She was a great baker and a good cook and would share that gift with everyone. Near the end she knew that soon she would be meeting her savior face to face and would tell anyone that would listen that she was blessed beyond measure. She passed peacefully holding the hands of her children.

Wake and funeral services open to friends and family on Friday March 4, 2022, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN with services conducted by Rev. Cal Aardsma. Interment Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens-Schererville, IN. Memorial contributions may be given to Operation Smile.