Louise S McDevitt, 89, of Ridgefield, CT. passed on to the Gates of Heaven Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Danbury Hospital after a 10 day battle with the COVID-19 Virus.
Louise was born May 24, 1930 in West Roxbury, MA. A daughter to George E and Louise Moore St. Laurent. She grew up in West Roxbury, MA. graduating from the West Roxbury High School and the Boston School of Art and Design.
Louise met her husband, the late Paul R McDevitt while waitressing in a Portsmouth NH Resort Club where Paul was a drummer in the band. They later married and relocated to Wilton, CT. to start their family shortly thereafter moving to Ridgefield, CT. where they raised their 6 Boys.
Louise led a very spiritual life and served the Lord and her community in many ways. Early in her time as a Ridgefield resident, she became active with St. Mary’s Parish and served in the role of Eucharistic Minister. She also dedicated her life as a Franciscan in the Third Order of St. Francis Assisi. While raising her boys, Louise taught multiple CCD education classes. She was involved in her boys Cub Scout groups as Den Mother. Her passion of the arts got her involved in the Ridgefield Playhouse Performances and she was a member of the Ridgefield Artist Guild. Louise was also employed by Rodier Flowers in Ridgefield as a floral designer and later went on to start her own business; Artistry in Flowers, where she continued her creative craft up until her retirement in 1990.
Her loving and caring nature was what stood out most among her family and friends. A very talented artist, she loved to paint natures beauty, mostly ocean and mountain scenes, that captured the glory of God and our surroundings. She was not afraid to kick off her shoes and tear up the dance floor for she loved a party and never wanted it to end. After her retirement in 1990, she and her husband Paul moved from Ridgefield to Hilton Head, SC., to begin another chapter in their life that included more time to paint and become active in the Hilton Head Jazz Society. Louise became the biggest fan to her husband Paul’s jazz band. After her husband Paul’s passing in 2001, Louise remained in Hilton Head until 2018 when she returned to Ridgefield to be closer to her lifelong Friends and Family.
Louise made her new home at the Ridgefield Crossings where she reconnected with old Friends and became once again more active with her Family and continued her faithful devotion within the St. Elizabeth Seton Parish. Louise leaves behind six sons; Robert of West Haven, CT., Stephen and his wife Jeannie of Woodbury, CT., Kevin and his wife Bandy of Glenwood Springs, CO., Paul and his wife Trish of South Jordon, UT., Thomas of Gresham, OR., and David and his wife Lesli of New Milford, CT. Louise also leaves behind eight grandchildren; Michael, Christine, Jesse, Brian, Kellie, Kenny, Lauren, Abby and Sarah and seven great grandchildren; Gretchen, Connor, Natalie, Desmond, Avery, Cameron, Carter and Kaycee. She was pre-deceased by her three Brothers, George, Andre and Richard.
Private services will be on a date yet to be determined.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hilton Head Humane Association, PO Box 21790, Hilton Head, SC. 29925
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Hilton Head Humane Association
PO Box 21790, Hilton Head SC 29925