Willie Mae <I>Benge</I> DeVault

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Willie Mae Benge DeVault

  • Birth 6 Dec 1890 Davis County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 13 Mar 1974 Linn County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 77068271

Mae Benge DeVault was born December 6, 1890 to Jessie and Bessie Bell Benge on a farm near Bloomfield, Davis County She lived 83 years, dying March 3, 1974 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Burial is in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield. She was named Willie in honor of her two grandfathers, both William's. She had four brothers and three sisters: Bryan, Horace, Herbert, Frank Dewitt (Dick), Beatrice Belle, Bessie Faye, and Miriam Letitia. As the oldest child she helped raise her youngest brother and sisters.
Mae attended school through the 8th grade, then went on to Iowa Southern Normal School in Bloomfield to become a school teacher. She taught for one year in a one room country school then married Raleigh (Rollie) Hiram DeVault, also a school teacher. Raleigh was 14 years older than Mae. They began their married life as farmers in the S.E. Bloomfield area and had three children: Donald Raleigh (1916), Dorothy Mae (1918) and Mary Lucille (1920). In 1922 they moved to town. She cared for her children and her invalid mother-in-law.
In later life Mae lived in Ottumwa with her daughter Lucille and eventually became a resident at the Keystone Care Center in Keystone, IA. She was a member of the Bloomfield Methodist Church and had been a member of the Rebeccah Lodge in earlier years.
A record from Linda Wild, in honor of Willie Mae Benge Devault. A brick was placed with her name in the Plaza of Heroines at Iowa State University


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  • Created by: karen christy meeker
  • Added: 25 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77068271
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willie Mae Benge DeVault (6 Dec 1890–13 Mar 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77068271, citing Bloomfield IOOF Cemetery, Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by karen christy meeker (contributor 46936087) .