Louise Marie Roman DeVoy Cota Schneider, age 93, of Tucson, AZ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Crossroads Adult Care Home, under the care of Casa de la Luz Hospice.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Brookfield with Pastor Julie King officiating. The family will receive friends Friday at Wright-Hill-Baker Funeral Home in Brookfield from 6:00 until 8:00 in the evening. A Memorial Mass was celebrated in Tucson, AZ on January 25, 2013. Honoring her wishes, Louise’s body was cremated.
Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church (for Parlor renovations) may be left at or mailed to Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, PO Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.
Louise was born November 6, 1919, in Philadelphia, PA to Italian immigrant parents Umberto and Vittoria Roman. Louise outlived three husbands and was a compassionate caregiver to each one at the end of his life. She was married to Jean Paul DeVoy May 27, 1944-March 26, 1977; to Leon A. Cota June 15, 1979-June 18, 1989; and to John W. Schneider June 25, 1994-May 26, 2012. Louise was a woman of great faith in God who loved her extended family and cherished the many friends she made and kept throughout her life. She was generous almost to a fault, had a passionate personality and an independent streak. She was proud of her Italian heritage and her service as a Sergeant in the Women’s Army Corps in WWII. Family and friends were always welcome in her home and at her table.
After she and Jean met and married while both were serving in the Army at Fort Benning, GA, they settled in his hometown of Brookfield, MO. They raised their children there from 1946 until they moved to Tucson in 1962, where she lived the rest of her life. In Brookfield, Louise was not only a busy mother, but also active in Mother’s Club, Hi-Fliers Bridge Club, Tourist Club and Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and engaged in a variety of nontraditional occupations including sales of swimming pools and automobiles. She joined the American Legion, beginning a lifelong membership of 67 years.
In Tucson, Louise worked in ladies retail and held civil service positions at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in dining services and aircraft parts. She retired when she married Leon in 1979. They shared 10 happy years together, even though Leon suffered a stroke after five years.
Together with John (and both of them in their seventies and eighties), she traveled the world at an energetic pace. For nearly 18 years, John’s love, smile and sense of humor brought her joy. Although Louise was a lifelong Catholic, she also attended Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene with John. Several times in her life she experienced severe health problems, but she always trusted that God still had plans for her on earth. After her nearly fatal bout of e. coli and the beginnings of John’s Alzheimer’s, they moved to an assisted living facility in 2006 and immersed themselves in their new community. She continued to live there after John’s death in May 2012 until her health declined in October 2012.
Page 2 of 2 - Louise is survived by her four loving children: Ellen Burgess (Richard) of Tulsa, OK; Toni Becker-Heimann (Dale) of Phoenix, AZ; Kevin DeVoy (Brenda) of Brookfield, MO; and Terry DeVoy of Greenville, SC, and her devoted stepdaughters: Bette Tripp (Norman) and Penny Schneider of Tucson, AZ. Other survivors are her 7 grandchildren: Belinda Vandeman and Michael Becker (Leslie) of Omaha, NE; Darcie DeVoy, of Kansas City, MO; Blake DeVoy (Jayme) of Brookfield, MO; and Andrew DeVoy (Britt Schreiber) of Brookfield and Kansas City, MO; and Paul DeVoy and Mary DeVoy of Greenville, SC; and 7 great grandchildren: Torianna and Danielle Vandeman; Kaleigh, Connor and Cole Becker; Lola DeVoy; and Bennett Schreiber-DeVoy. Also surviving are John’s 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 3 great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother, Julius Roman, her younger sister, Eleanor Roman Zimmerman, and her three husbands.