Pat Dever, 81, died peacefully on April 7, 2017, at Wynscape Nursing Center in Wheaton after a long struggle with the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Priscilla Edward Dever was born on October 21, 1935, in Cleveland, OH, the only child of Francis and Vivian (Edward) Dever. She grew up in Ohio, but she always had fond memories of summers spent at the Maine home of her maternal grandparents.
She attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio State University in Columbus, and did graduate work at Columbia University in New York City. After two years doing market research for Proctor and Gamble, she worked one year for the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, MD, then embarked on a 45 year career encompassing several different positions with the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. She retired in 2005.
The joy of Pat’s life was music, both as performer and observer. She had a lovely voice and was also proficient on piano, harpsichord, organ, violin, cello, and recorder. The Metropolitan Chorus of the Washington area claimed her as one of its sopranos, and she performed with that group for many years in Washington and in engagements around the world. Attendance at classical music performances of all types in and around Washington was a regular and important part of her life there. Having learned ballet dancing as a girl, she enjoyed ballet performances as well.
Pat was a seasoned traveler who visited many parts of the world including multiple destinations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Her father’s career with the Pennsylvania Railroad instilled in her a love of trains, so she traveled by rail whenever she could.
In November 2009, when Alzheimer’s Disease became more difficult for her to cope with, Pat moved to Delnor Glen Assisted Living in St. Charles, IL, to be near her friends Barbara and Jim King of nearby Batavia. She lived there until the last weeks of her life. During her first three years in St. Charles she was able to remain almost as physically active as she had been in Washington, walking extensively in the neighborhood and working out at the wellness center. Eventually, however, the disease overtook her.
Pat had no family, but she is survived by several people who cared deeply for her. Elaine, Jenny, and Desiree were the most loving, compassionate and devoted caregivers imaginable for five years. They were joined two years ago by the similarly caring Alma, Wilma, Mari Fe and Sara. Pat was lucky to have them all. The Kings survive as well.
There will be a gathering to remember Pat on Friday, April 28, from 4 – 7 pm at Delnor Glen (now called River Glen), 975 North Fifth Avenue - Rt. 25 in St. Charles. A memorial service will take place in Washington at a later date. If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, #800, Chicago, IL 60631.