Helen DeVos

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Helen June DeVos (née Van Wesep; February 24, 1927 – October 18, 2017) was an American philanthropist and political donor. She was the wife of Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway beauty and home care products company and owner of the Orlando Magic basketball team. She was the mother-in-law of U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.[1]

DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She studied at Calvin College. In 1953, she married Richard DeVos. They had three sons, Dick, Dan, and Doug, and a daughter, Cheri DeVos-Vander Weide.

DeVos served on the board of directors of the Grand Rapids Symphony and the St. Cecelia Music Center.[2]

DeVos died at her home in Ada Township, Michigan on October 18, 2017 of complications from a stroke after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, aged 90.[3]

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  1. "Helen DeVos Dies at 90: Philanthropist, Political Donor and Mother-in-Law of U.S. Education Secretary". Los Angeles Times. October 19, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  2. Ashcroft, Brent (October 20, 2017). "Remembering Helen DeVos and Her Philanthropic Impact on Grand Rapids". Walker, MI: WZZM-TV.
  3. "Helen DeVos, Philanthropist Focused on Health, Christian Education and the Arts, Dies at 90". The Washington Post. October 20, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2017.

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