Dorothy E. DeVault

October 23, 1924 ‒ July 08, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dorothy E. DeVault, 91, passed away July 8, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and care givers in Mt. Vernon, OH. Born in Enid, OK, to the late Rev. Ernest A. and Hazel (Fry) Ham, Jr., she grew up in Nashville, TN. During World War II she worked at Vultee Aircraft in Nashville to pay for voice lessons at nearby George Peabody College. She also performed as a square dancer on stage, during live radio broadcasts of the original Grand Ole Opry.

Dorothy belonged to the Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, OH and the Brooksville United Methodist Church in Brooksville, ME, where the family spent all of their summers since 1964 at their home away from home. She was a member of the Bucks Harbor Yacht Club.

Dorothy graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH, with a degree in music and voice. This is where she met and married the love of her life, Don DeVault. Dorothy and Don were married 66 years, spending 60 of those years in Delaware, OH prior to moving to Mt. Vernon, OH. She loved to sing and she wrote music for the dulcimer to accompany herself and others. She sang in the church choirs at William Street United Methodist Church, Delaware, OH and the Brooksville United Methodist Church, Brooksville, ME. She was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. A life-time member of the Girl Scouts of America for more than 75 years, Dorothy was a proud scout leader both in Delaware, OH and in Brooksville, ME. She was an accomplished watercolor artist and loved basketry, card making, and was a fabulous cook.

In 1958, Dorothy won the 10th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off for her “Spicy Apple Twists” at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The $25,000 grand prize was presented by Art Linkletter. She made numerous television commercials with Linkletter and Ronald Reagan.

Family was very important to Dorothy and she loved spending time with them. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, David Ham and Ernest A. Ham, III; and her husband, Don DeVault.
Surviving her are three children, George (Melanie) DeVault of Emmaus, PA; Guy (Judy) DeVault of Springfield, MO; and Melinda (Jim) Ingalls, of Howard, OH; three grandchildren Donald L. DeVault, II; Ruth (Eric) DeLong, and Lydia Ingalls; four step-grandchildren, Amy (Ken) Maxfield of Yukon, OK; Megan (Cory) Huff of Nixa, MO; Daniel (Lacy) Jones of Union, MO; Sara (Byron) Strohm of Springfield, MO; three great-grandchildren, Forest & Hunter DeLong; and Lucia DeVault; six great-step- grandchildren, Logan & Kierstyn Huff; Michael & Elie Jones; and Aaron & Jonah Strohm; and a brother, Richard (Ann) Ham of Tallahassee, FL.

A celebration of her life will be held July 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Brookdale Senior Living, 1615 Yauger Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH, in the Brookdale Chapel. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow in the Brookdale Buckeye Room. A “Together Again” Celebration will be held in Brooksville, ME this fall.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Brooksville United Methodist Church 12 Eaton Lane Brooksville, ME 04617 OR Friends of Walker Pond (A Water resource/wetland conservation & management non-profit) P.O. Box 221 Brooksville, ME 04617-0221

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  • Mindy,
    My condolences on your mothers passing. She was one of a kind! May you keep her alive in your memories.

  • Sorry for your lost your mom was a special lady.
    I had the privilege to help Her out the last view weeks before moving to Brooke dale.
    Then I visit her there.
    From all that happened the last view years in her life one of the things she missed that she was not able to sing any more.
    She talks with love about you.
    She was a wise loving woman.

  • Mindy and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance

  • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother George! She was a very talented woman and we now know where you got your talent and love of the earth and caring for it! Blessings, Mal & Joanne Heckman

  • Mindy and family:
    Thoughts and prayers are with you. I enjoyed your parents when they were able to be at church. May precious memories bless you in the dsys ahead.

    Roger Marra

  • Mindy and family,
    I am so deeply touched by the passing of your wonderful mother. She left a remarkable imprint for me during my formative years. She taught me how to welcome people openly to their home and certainly how to make a house a home. May she rest in eternal peace and my you heal your grief with wonderful memories. xoxo