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A professional black and white portrait of Helen from high school.

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.

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 Hos...
Dr. James Fahner, Division Chief for Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Helen DeVos Children's HospitalGrand 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
Thousands of children and families, in the country of Zambia, have been blessed by the kindness, faithfulness and generosity of Helen DeVos. With her ...
Cari Armbruster (Alliance for Children Everywhere)Seattle
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 love for children and especially wanted to ensure they were able to maintain their childhood and b...
Vicki Weaver, President, Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital FoundationsGrand Rapids
Helen, It was an honor to have met you through DVULI in Orlando in 2016. Having been able to sit next to you during our interview, you had a very swee...
Anthony EspinozaFresno
Helen is now embraced by the peace of God just as she enables us to be healed by the beauty of music.
David LockingtonKentwood
RIP Dios saber porque el hacer todos así que el mundo va seguir queriendo a ustedes siempre
Belony NoelDominican republic
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
Es para mí una noticia muy inesperada , gracias porque su ayuda en el desarrollo de la compañía fue muy determinante, y valioso al crecimiento de la ...
alejandro peñaibague tolima
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
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 ...
Richard J. PappasGrand Rapids
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
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
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 wisdom and strength. Helen shared both her husband’s and our father’s vision for what is now Grand ...
Tom SeidmanOak Park
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 o...
Michael Le Roy, President, Calvin CollegeGrand Rapids
As the current president of Calvin Theological Seminary, I know of Mrs. DeVos’ support, encouragement and generosity that covers my time of service as well as that of former Presidents John Kromminga, Jim DeJong and Neal Plantinga.Our student...
Julius MedenlikGrand Rapids
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 w...
HanKeeKuala Lumpur
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 compete with integrity and care about the people of Orlando and their lives in the community. My co...
Adam SilverNew York City
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
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
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 le...
Richard C. Breon, President & CEO, Spectrum HealthGrand Rapids
Helen, As we pass earth to eternal places your presence is surely missed. What a wonderful business woman, wife and mother and example to men and women you have been through the years. Although a late tribute, just the same God bless your family...
Susan KoskeyShillington
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
Con su luz iluminó su hogar y su hogar el mundo. Dicen que “la aunténtica definición de éxito es: cuántos estarán mejor porque tu viviste” y atendiendo a esa definición, el éxito que tuviste fue muy inmenso y grandioso, con su paso por la vida, ...
Eduardo Manuelsanto domingo
Michelle and I mourn the passing of our dear friend, Helen DeVos.For those of us fortunate enough to call her a friend, Helen was a kind and gentle ...
Michelle and John Engler
Dear Mr. DeVos and Family, Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Helen DeVos, dear wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. We continue to pray for you as grieve this loss and learn to live with the reality that she is n...
Ina BurmeisterGallup
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 ou...
Bob IppelRehoboth
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 and supporters. Helen DeVos was a lifelong lover of music, and she believed the great community ...
Peter Perez, President & CEO, Grand Rapids SymphonyGrand Rapids
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
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