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Lillian T. DeVaux

Thetford, Vt. — Lillian T. DeVaux, 92, died from complications of a stroke on Tuesday, June 18, 2014, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

She was born at home on the family farm in West Fairlee Center, June 30, 1921, a daughter of Alonzo and Daisy May (Geyer) Jennings. She grew up in West Fairlee Center and attended school at Bradford Academy, graduating with the Class of 1940. She worked as a young girl at the Colton Farm in Thetford before moving to Norwich where she would live for the next 55 years. Lillian was married to Cupid Twitchell from 1940 until his death at a young age in 1943. She later married William DeVaux on February 22, 1952 in Hanover. Together they made their home on the Goodrich Four Corners Road where they raised their family and operated DeVaux’s Gun Shop. Mr. DeVaux died in 1994 and Lillian moved to Thetford in 1997 where she has lived since.

In addition to working at the gun shop, she worked for a time as an operator for the Dartmouth Switchboard located in the Hanover Inn and later as a bookkeeper at the Dartmouth National Bank and then as office manager at the Hanover Improvement Society. She also sold Avon beauty supplies in the 1950’s and 60’s and worked occasionally as a substitute teacher until retiring.

Lillian enjoyed trap shooting with her family and was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association for several years in the 1970’s. She also regularly attended gun shows with her husband in the 1980’s. She was an avid reader, loved the Boston Red Sox as well as the Celtics, and enjoyed politics, walking, gardening and especially enjoyed time visiting with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, William; three sisters, Irene George, Verne Winn, Pauline Russin; and two brothers, Alfred Jennings and Melvin Jennings.

She is survived by her children, Louise Twitchell Reitano of Medford, Mass., David M. DeVaux of Vershire, Vt., Dennis A. DeVaux of Thetford and Cynthia DeVaux Rocchio and husband, Anthony of Windsor, Vt.; grandchildren, Charlie DeVaux, Amanda Sanchez and Mia Rocchio; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday June 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Norwich Congregational Church with a reception to follow and burial in the Hillside Cemetery in Norwich at 1 p.m.

Condolences may be expressed to Lillian’s family in an online guest book at

Memorial contributions may be made to: VNA Hospice, 66 Benning St, West Lebanon, NH 03784 or the Bugbee Senior Center, 262 North Main Street, White River Jct., VT 05001