canada africa partner reservation Obituary of Jean DeValve – (1925-2024)

Obituary of Jean DeValve – (1925-2024)


Jean Keller DeValve, happily married to the late Dr. Robert H. DeValve, was born May 14, 1925 in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Arthur and Marie (Pedersen) Keller. Jean arrived safely in the arms of Jesus on Friday, May 10, 2024, four days before her 99th birthday. Jean graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating, Jean taught elementary school in Tacoma, Washington, and then accepted an assignment to teach English to children in Cuba for two years. After returning from Cuba, she attended Fuller Seminary, where she received a master’s degree in religious education in 1957. While at Fuller, she also met and became engaged to Robert DeValve. The couple married in 1957 in Tacoma, Washington. In 1958 they moved to Ankara, Turkey, where Robert had accepted a teaching position at a Turkish technical school. While in Turkey, Robert and Jean gave birth to their three eldest sons, John, James and Timothy. After returning from Turkey, their youngest son, David, was born in Seattle, Washington. Jean was a teacher all her life. In addition to teaching in Tacoma and Cuba, she also taught with her husband at a mission school in Nigeria, West Africa, and at public elementary schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and East Hartford, Connecticut, where she taught for twenty years. Jean was an active member of Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester, CT for over 40 years, where she was involved in several women’s ministries and, after her retirement, founded a senior group called Primetimers. She also volunteered at Manchester Memorial Hospital and the local food bank. Jean is survived by her four sons, John and his wife Nancy, James and his wife Beth Anne, Timothy and his wife Laurie, and David. Jean was also blessed to be the grandmother of 13 grandchildren (Daniel John, Suzanne, Benjamin, Daniel Robert, Andrew James, Caleb, Levi, Jacob, Seth, Dillon, Danae, Deanna and Daria) and 22 great-grandchildren (Levi, Everett, Evelyn, Tera, Hezekiah, Ezra, Orion, Courtney, Melora, Noah, Miriam, Priscilla, Titus, Boaz, Noelle, Eliza, Norah, Hazel, Gideon, Adah, Phoebe, and Zebedee). Jean was predeceased by a sister, Muriel, and has three living sisters in Washington State, Beverly, Lucile and Joyce, as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Covenant Church, 302 Hackmatack Street, in Manchester, CT. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Covenant Church Missions Fund. To leave an online condolence, please visit