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In memory of Helen J. DeVos

More than 1,500 tributes were posted from around the world. They came from friends and family, community leaders, business executives, international dignitaries, those involved with the Amway business and the many who were touched by her philanthropy.

A Tribute to the late Mrs. Helen DeVos, Benefactor, Humanitarian, Friend and Committed Worker in God’s Vine Yard. The Bible tells us to work while it...
Rev. Dr. Samuel Broomfield Reeves, Jr.The Providence Baptist Church
Mrs. DeVos was the heartbeat of the DeVos Family. She volunteered her time and leadership to numerous causes and joined her husband as our Orlando Magic team’s top cheerleader. Her legacy will certainly live on in both the Orlando Magic’s commun...
Alex MartinsOrlando
We have lost an extraordinary and dear friend today with the passing of Helen DeVos. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. Helen had a genuine lov...
Vicki Weaver, President, Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital FoundationsGrand Rapids
I really want to say “thank you so much for your heartfelt contribution”. I was so moved and encouraged! Thank you so much!!
Minori YokoiToki city
Communities of faith, both here in West Michigan and around the world, have lost a friend and ministry partner with the passing of Mrs. Helen DeVos. A...
Dr. Steven Timmermans (CRCNA) and Rev. Don Poest (RCA)Grand Rapids
If ever there was a true advocate for children, it was Mrs. DeVos. Though we are saddened by her death, we can be thankful for the lasting impact her advocacy for children and the health of children has had and will continue to have on our commu...
Donalee Holton, board member & former chair, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital FoundationGrand Rapids
My condolences to the DeVos family. By all accounts she was a great lady.
AlidaWest Palm Beach
Thousands of children and families, in the country of Zambia, have been blessed by the kindness, faithfulness and generosity of Helen DeVos. With her support, vulnerable children who never dreamed of graduating from high school now have a diplom...
Cari Armbruster (Alliance for Children Everywhere)Seattle
I’m really sorry about your loss. She will be in my hearth always..
Luis VasquezPhiladelphia
It has been a privilege and a blessing to have worked with Helen DeVos since the very earliest days of planning what is now Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. This extraordinary, generous and gracious woman has provided the heart and inspiration f...
Dr. James Fahner, Division Chief for Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Helen DeVos Children's HospitalGrand Rapids
I have been in the Amway business for 40 yrs and during that time have been in Helen DeVos?s company several times. I have found her to be a very insp...
Roy BulmerWindsor Ontario
Helen is now embraced by the peace of God just as she enables us to be healed by the beauty of music.
David LockingtonKentwood
Mis mas sincero pésame por la gran perdida en la familia DeVos un gran muxu
Joseba SesumagaBizkaia
Helen, herself a teacher, had a lifelong commitment to education. Her steadfast support for Grand Valley was but one of the many ways she made this clear. Her warmth and kindness will be remembered by all who had the chance to experience it. She...
Mark Murray, Past President, Grand Valley State UniversityGrand Rapids
One life, many lives!As I drive down the Medical Mile, watch a child’s wish come true, or hear of a surgeon’s success in saving a two day-old heart ...
Susan JandernoaHelen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation Board
On behalf of the Rehoboth Christian School community, I want to send our love to Rich and the children and grandchildren of Helen DeVos. As we walk our campus we are reminded of Helen’s love for the Lord, the people of the Navajo Nation, Christi...
Bob IppelRehoboth
Deepest sympathies to you family on your loss of a loyal, strong, special lady. She contributed a lot over the years to the Amway business along side ...
Shirley A RuddSaskatoon
Helen DeVos’ legacy lives on in the many students, faculty, and staff she has inspired with her love for Christ and her generosity to Calvin College over several decades. Helen has always had a deep commitment to Calvin students. She has demonst...
Michael Le Roy, President, Calvin CollegeGrand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Symphony has lost a dear friend, and the entire arts and cultural community of West Michigan has lost one of its greatest champions a...
Peter Perez, President & CEO, Grand Rapids SymphonyGrand Rapids
I am deeply saddened by the news of Helen DeVos’ passing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Rich and all of Helen’s family and friends.The legacy of Helen June Van Wesep DeVos will live on forever in the hearts and minds of the many peo...
Richard C. Breon, President & CEO, Spectrum HealthGrand Rapids
Helen was a dear member of the NBA family. She was kind and generous to anyone who met her, from me to players to fans. She inspired the Magic to comp...
Adam SilverNew York City
Our deepest condolences to Rich and the DeVos family for the profound loss of their wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I am sure Helen was the matriarch not only of her family but also the entire extended Amway family, touching the...
HanKeeKuala Lumpur
As the current president of Calvin Theological Seminary, I know of Mrs. DeVos’ support, encouragement and generosity that covers my time of service as...
Julius MedenlikGrand Rapids
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend, Helen DeVos. Mrs. DeVos led a life of service and distinction that is an inspiration to all people. Personally, my life has been significantly enriched by getting to know Mrs. DeVo...
David Hooker, President, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture ParkGrand Rapids
Sincere love and condolences to Helen’s beloved family. She has traveled home to be with her Father and what a journey it was. We celebrate and are gr...
Peter and Barbara MatzKinneon
I recall meeting Mrs. Devos as a newly chosen student of the Devos Leadership Initiative. As she spoke to us for the first time, I wondered what would she say to encourage mostly people that had a heart for serving the inner city poor. As she be...
Rev Kelvin BowenMemphis
Helen was a dear friend to our family and especially our parents. The entire Seidman family mourns her loss and is remembering her as a person of wisd...
Tom SeidmanOak Park
Helen DeVos is eternity living with God in heaven. Please pray for us all in front of our God. We, here in Thailand, have know Helen thru Rich and Amway for over 30 years. Together with Rich, Helen and family, we had welcomed them twice here in ...
Preecha and Oranart PrakobkitBangkok
Sorry but you are in the glory as a queen
Ricardo OrozcoCuernavaca
Our thoughts and prayers are with the DeVos family as they mourn the loss of their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife. Helen was a true leader in our community, on her own and at the side of husband, Rich. Her support for health, e...
Richard J. PappasGrand Rapids