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Ruth M. Devonshire

November 18, 1920 ~ June 8, 2018 (age 97)

Ruth Margaret (Ferro) Devonshire, 97, died on June 8, 2018 at the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow. She was born in NYC to Gustav and Margaret Ferro, the youngest of the six siblings. The family soon moved to Boothwyn, PA where Ruth grew up. She attended local schools where she excelled. Shortly after graduating she married her husband of 68 years, John David Devonshire. The couple lived in various parts of the US while John pursued his career as an FBI Special Agent. When their first child was born, they moved back to Pennsylvania where they had a large extended family. John was away a lot for his job. Ruth spent a great deal of the time raising her three boys by herself. As her children got older she began taking courses in banking from the ABA. She finally realized her dream and spent 25 years working in the banking field in Philadelphia. After her husband died, she moved to the Springfield area to be closer to family. She was predeceased by her husband John D. Devonshire, her parents, five siblings, and her youngest son Philip J. Devonshire in 2014. Ruth is survived by her sons, Craig S. Devonshire (Susan) of Longmeadow, and Bruce K. Devonshire (Lauren) of Carlisle, PA; and her daughter-in-law, Frances M. Devonshire of Berkeley Heights, NJ. She will be missed by her six grandchildren, Dr. Colin B. Devonshire (Dr. Ethel Bullitt) of Boston, MA, Dana Engell (Dr. Andrew Engell) of Mt. Vernon, OH, David J. Devonshire (Nicole) of Stirling, NJ, Kevin Devonshire (Cecelia) of Point Pleasant, NJ, Darin S. Devonshire (Kortney) of Los Angeles, CA, and Katherine Devonshire of Carlisle, PA; Ruth is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Virginia and Ezra Devonshire of Boston, MA, Charles, Gregory, and Vivian Devonshire of Stirling, NJ, and Philip and Rocco Devonshire of Point Pleasant, NJ.  The Devonshire family would like to thank the caregivers at East Village Place and Spectrum Hospice. We also thank the wonderful caring staff at JGS Lifecare, Leavett Family Jewish Home of Longmeadow for their excellent attention to detail for Ruth’s health and emotional well-being during her final months. There will be no visiting hours. Funeral and burial will be private at a later date in Pennsylvania. Byron Keenan Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA, 02452. For further information please visit

Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham MA 02452

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