Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 31, 2012

Judith L. 'Judy' Devereaux

CADILLAC — Judith L. "Judy" Devereaux, of Cadillac, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at her home surrounded by her husband and children. She was 62. She was born Dec. 24, 1950, in Bad Axe, to Albert J. and Doris M. (Gover) Thoms.

Judy attended St. Clair County Community College. She was raised in Huron County and was active in 4-H. She was a dedicated U.S. Navy wife for 20 years, living in Jacksonville, Fla., Charleston, S.C., and Long Island, N.Y.

Judy began her real estate career in 1985 and became managing broker for Coldwell Banker Schmidt in 1992. During her real estate career she received numerous awards. She was past president of the Paul Bunyan Board of Realtors as well as past chairman of the Wexford-Missaukee MLS committee.

She was also a member of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Home Builders Association and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cadillac.

Judy was proud to be a breast cancer survivor as well as a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. She enjoyed taking her Collie dogs to meet the shut-ins at the Lakeview, camping, word games, quilting, sewing and reading. Judy also enjoyed activities such as mountain biking, snow shoeing and aqua aerobics.

On March 5, 1971, in Port Huron, she married James H. Devereaux, and he survives her with their children, Amy (Jeff) Wagner, of Cadillac, and Ryan (Diane) Devereaux, of Lowell; two grandchildren, Caleb and Audrey; siblings, Carl (Colleen) Thoms, Alan (Kathy) Thoms, Shirley (Pele) Tautolo and Leo (Lynn) Thoms; brother-in-law, Ed Tschirhart; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marlene Tschirhart.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cadillac, with the Reverend Joel Hess officiating. Friends may meet the family Wednesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

An online guestbook is available at

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